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Colin Farrell to Reprise Penguin Role in ‘The Batman’ Spinoff Series for HBO Max (Exclusive)

Colin Farrell to Reprise Penguin Role in ‘The Batman’ Spinoff Series for HBO Max (Exclusive)
Colin Farrell has officially signed on to star in and executive produce a series spinoff of “The Batman” in which he would again play The Penguin, Variety has learned exclusively from sources.

Farrell will first portray the villainous character in “The Batman” starring Robert Pattinson, which is due to be released on March 4, 2022. The series would then reportedly delve into The Penguin’s rise to power in the Gotham criminal underworld. Variety first reported the series was in development back in September, though Farrell was not attached at that time.

Lauren LeFranc is attached to write the script for the series.
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‘The Boys’ Animated Spin-Off Series ‘Diabolical’ Announced by Amazon Prime Video

‘The Boys’ Animated Spin-Off Series ‘Diabolical’ Announced by Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video has announced an eight-episode pickup of “Diabolical,” an animated anthology series set in the same universe as the streamer’s hit superhero show “The Boys.” The production was confirmed through a video message featuring actor Karl Urban, who portrays Billy Butcher in “The Boys,” released during one of Amazon Prime Video’s Comic-Con Experience 2021 virtual panels.

“There is no question that you guys are the greatest fans in the world,” Urban stated in the announcement. “As a special way of saying thank you to you, we’ve got a little surprise for you which is going to drop early next year…
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Recommendation Machine: ‘Last Chance U: Basketball’ Is a 2020 Time Capsule Worth Revisiting

Recommendation Machine: ‘Last Chance U: Basketball’ Is a 2020 Time Capsule Worth Revisiting
Welcome to Recommendation Machine, your daily IndieWire destination for TV suggestions of what to watch. Each weekday, we’ll offer up a series we think should be on your viewing radar. Though most of the shows included here are recent offerings from networks and streaming services, this will also be a place to take a look at different chapters in TV history readily available for anyone looking to immerse themselves in an ever-expanding medium.

As everyone with even a passing connection to TV will have happily told you for the better part of the last decade, there are too many shows. They’ll use words like cornucopia or plethora or deluge or glut. Bottom line: There are plenty of options for things to queue up next. So, while we’ll try to provide as many of those as we can from streaming’s heavy hitters like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max,
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Nick Cannon Reveals 5-Month-Old Son Died of Brain Cancer — Watch Video

Nick Cannon Reveals 5-Month-Old Son Died of Brain Cancer — Watch Video
A devastated Nick Cannon announced Tuesday that he lost his infant son Zen to brain cancer over the weekend. He was five months old.

Zen, born June 23, was the youngest of Cannon’s seven children. On his eponymous daytime talk show, the Masked Singer host explained that Zen had been diagnosed with a condition called hydrocephalus — which, per the Mayo Clinic, is “the buildup of fluid in the cavities deep within the brain” — before it was eventually discovered that he had a malignant tumor which required immediate surgery. A shunt was inserted in his head — “a tube that would go
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Svu's Peter Scanavino Tees Up 'Fast Moving' Organized Crime Crossover, Indulges Our 'Rollisi' Obsession

Svu's Peter Scanavino Tees Up 'Fast Moving' Organized Crime Crossover, Indulges Our 'Rollisi' Obsession
Law & Order fans are getting quite the early Christmas present this year: a meaty Svu/Organized Crime crossover focused on everyones favorite lump-of-coal-in-human-form, Richard Wheatley.

The Svu portion of the event, which airs on NBC Thursday at 9/8c, will find Peter Scanavino‘s assistant district attorney Sonny Carisi trying Wheatley for the murder of Det. Stabler’s wife, Kathy. Complicating matters: Wheatley’s lawyer, Rafael Barba — played by a returning Raúl Esparza —, is Carisi’s mentor and a Friend Of Svu… at least, he is before the trial starts. (The Organized Crime hour that follows at 10 is titled “The Christmas Episode.
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Chicago Fire Boss Previews Fall Finale: Severide Is 'Flummoxed' by Stella

Chicago Fire Boss Previews Fall Finale: Severide Is 'Flummoxed' by Stella
It’s Christmas time on this Wednesday’s Chicago Fire fall finale (NBC, 9/8c), but there won’t be much holiday cheer for Severide, whose fiancée Stella is still out of town and not responding to his messages.

“He’s kind of just put out because Stella has never really gone dark on him,” showrunner Derek Haas tells TVLine, “and she’s just not answering his calls or texts, or acting like she gives a damn about the events that are happening at 51. So he’s flummoxed in this episode.”

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The Oval's Daniel Croix Talks Playing a Character Everyone Loves to Hate — Who Will Be Jason's Next Victim?

The Oval's Daniel Croix Talks Playing a Character Everyone Loves to Hate — Who Will Be Jason's Next Victim?
Of all the duplicitous ghouls skulking the halls of Tyler Perry’s The Oval, First Son Jason Franklin is unquestionably the most depraved — and fans of the BET drama wouldn’t have it any other way.

“With Jason, I just learn as I go,” actor Daniel Croix tells TVLine. “Every time I get a new script, I’m just as surprised and just as hooked as our audience is.”

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‘Voir’: Why Crafting Video Essays for Netflix Meant Embracing All Types of Filmmaking

‘Voir’: Why Crafting Video Essays for Netflix Meant Embracing All Types of Filmmaking
David Fincher and David Prior’s anthology essay series “Voir” is only six episodes, but fully half of those came from Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou. Their skill with the form comes as no surprise to fans of their YouTube channel “Every Frame a Painting,” which almost served as a proof of concept for a show like “Voir” — and that millions of people would be interested in videos exploring just how the grammar of filmmaking impacts its meaning. When done well, video essays combine the thrill of knowing a secret and the joy of learning more about a long-held passion. Zhou and Ramos spoke to IndieWire about how the process of creating that joyful learning shifted and expanded when working on “Voir.”

“YouTube was very constricting because of things like copyright and Dmc,” Ramos said. “The license that Netflix and [David Fincher] gave us, it was very, ‘Oh, we can do anything and everything!
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Power Book II Renewed for Season 3

Power Book II Renewed for Season 3
The legacy of James “Ghost” St. Patrick lives on at Starz: Power Book II: Ghost has been renewed.

The spinoff will be back for Season 3, the premium cabler announced Tuesday.

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Executive producer Courtney Kemp, who recently signed a high profile overall deal with Netflix, will step down as showrunner for the third season. Brett Mahoney (Empire) will take her place as showrunner and executive producer.
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Outer Banks Renewed for Season 3

Outer Banks Renewed for Season 3
Pogues for life! (Well, at least for another season.)

Netflix has renewed its teen treasure hunters series Outer Banks for Season 3, TVLine has learned.

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The drama’s cast includes Chase Stokes, Madison Bailey, Jonathan Daviss, Madelyn Cline, Rudy Pankow, Austin North, Charles Esten and Drew Starkey, all of whom will return as series regulars in Season 3. Carlacia Grant,
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TVLine Items: Truth Be Told Renewed, Offerman Joins The Last of Us and More

TVLine Items: Truth Be Told Renewed, Offerman Joins The Last of Us and More
Apple TV+ is continuing its search for the truth, renewing the mystery anthology Truth Be Told for Season 3, TVLine has learned.

Additionally, it was announced that Maisha Closson (Claws, How to Get Away With Murder) has joined the series’ upcoming run as showrunner.

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Created by Nichelle Tramble Spellman, the drama provides a glimpse into America’s obsession with true crime podcasts.
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The Best Episodes of Television in 2021

The Best Episodes of Television in 2021
TV is a beautiful medium because it can entrance you for one scene, one episode, one season, or one series at a time. Adding all those pieces together often results in blanket adoration — “the best show of the year,” “the best series of all-time” — but there should also be room to praise each part of the machine. It’s just one more reason end-of-year assessments can be so valuable. IndieWire’s Best Episodes of 2021 list helps identify moments in miniature, scattered over the last 12 months, that made an impact on their respective series, on TV overall, or on each of us individually (if not all three). These episodes stood on their own, executing ideas introduced over the course of a longer timeline or introducing new ones to examine over 15 minutes, half-an-hour, or twice that length.

Episodes are great. There’s a reason viewers revisit “Friends” Thanksgiving episodes each November, British holiday specials over Christmas,
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The Sex Lives of College Girls Renewed for Season 2 at HBO Max

The Sex Lives of College Girls Renewed for Season 2 at HBO Max
The Sex Lives of College Girls will remain active, now that HBO Max has renewed the comedy for Season 2, it was announced on Tuesday.

Touted by the streamer as “the biggest Max Original comedy launch on the platform this year” and reportedly hitting “new platform highs each week,” the 10-episode series wraps its freshman season this Thursday, Dec. 9, with the final two episodes.

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Nick Kroll on the Evolution of ‘Big Mouth’ and the Celebrity Voice He Wants to Land Most

Nick Kroll on the Evolution of ‘Big Mouth’ and the Celebrity Voice He Wants to Land Most
Before premiering in 2017, “Big Mouth” may have looked like one more coming-of-age teen show built around its off-color humor, where kids crack jokes and embarrass themselves amid the wild waters of puberty. But five seasons in, it’s clear series co-creator/star Nick Kroll and his writing team have larger designs at work.

The theme of the recently launched Season 5 is “Love/Hate,” as seventh graders Nick (Kroll), Andrew (John Mulaney), Jessi (Jessi Klein) and Missy (Ayo Edebiri) experience their first brushes with the powerful forces of both falling in love and having those feelings rejected. For Kroll, this season is a natural evolution for the characters and the show.

“It’s a combination of letting our characters dictate the stories we tell, but we also go in season to season with larger themes in mind,” Kroll said. “We started in Season 2 with shame and felt how successful that was for generating stories.
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‘Anne Boleyn’ Review: Jodie Turner-Smith Dominates in Bland AMC Historical Drama

‘Anne Boleyn’ Review: Jodie Turner-Smith Dominates in Bland AMC Historical Drama
The six wives of King Henry VIII have been popularized in practically every medium of entertainment, and currently there’s a desire to tell their story “in their own words.” If you go to Broadway right now, you can even see a musical where the six queens put on a rollicking concert where they poke fun at everything from German accents to the size of Henry VIII’s… you get the point. But is there anything that can be mined from a story hundreds of years old?

Initially airing in the U.K. and picked up by AMC, creator Eve Hedderwick Turner’s “Anne Boleyn” bills itself as a “psychological thriller” following the second of Henry VIII’s doomed wives. Anne Boleyn (Jodie Turner-Smith) has been Queen for two-and-a-half years at this point, pregnant with her second child after birthing an unwanted daughter. Her eventual miscarriage causes the King (Mark Stanley
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Sanditon Season 2: Meet the New Men Arriving in the Wake of Theo James' Exit

Sanditon Season 2: Meet the New Men Arriving in the Wake of Theo James' Exit
You’ve heard a bit about them; now get your first good look at the quintet of new gents making their way to Sanditon for Season 2, to help fill the void left by Theo James’ exit as Sidney Parker.

Premiering Sunday, March 20, 2022, the Masterpiece PBS drama’s six-episode sophomore run picks up nine months after the events of Season 1, as Charlotte returns to the beautiful seaside resort and soon attracts the attention of not one, but two new men. Meanwhile, in her last summer season before turning 21, Georgiana Lambe, keen to forge her own identity, “gets up to mischief in
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Alicia Vikander Teams with the Goteborg Film Festival on High School Student Film Lab – Global Bulletin

Alicia Vikander Teams with the Goteborg Film Festival on High School Student Film Lab – Global Bulletin
Fim Lab

Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”), the Goteborg Film Festival and the Sten Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture have teamed on a new, three-year film training program aimed at increasing diversity in film and inspiring promising young talent. Aimed at high-school-aged students, the program will be made available to educational institutions in and around Goteborg starting in January, 2022.

Established in her name as the Alicia Vikander Film Lab, the actress will make a private donation to help establish the venture. Additionally, Vikander has committed a Sek 300,000 scholarship grant she received last week from the Sten A
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Yamiche Alcindor Joins NBC News as Washington Correspondent (Exclusive)

Yamiche Alcindor Joins NBC News as Washington Correspondent (Exclusive)
Yamiche Alcindor, whose journalistic profile has expanded during a recent tenure with PBS, is joining NBC News’ Washington team.

Alcindor, who is expected to start with NBC in March, will cover the Biden administration as well as the impact of federal policies on communities across the country and issues at the intersection of race, culture and politics, according to a memo from Ken Strickland, NBC News’ Washington bureau chief. She is expected to continue to work as the moderator of PBS” ‘Washington Week,” but will give up her duties at the public broadcaster’s flagship news program, “PBS NewsHour,” where
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John Mulaney Announces 33 New Dates for ‘From Scratch’ Stand-Up Tour

John Mulaney Announces 33 New Dates for ‘From Scratch’ Stand-Up Tour
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John Mulaney has added 33 new dates to his ongoing standup tour, which will kick off in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. on March 11, 2022. Fan Club Presale tickets went live this morning, starting at $51 apiece.

The former “SNL” writer, best known for his Emmy-winning 2018 stand-up special “Kid Gorgeous,” is debuting new material in the show titled “John Mulaney: From Scratch.” The tour began as a limited run
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Black and Nonbinary Actors See Representation Gains During Pandemic: Study

Black and Nonbinary Actors See Representation Gains During Pandemic: Study
Representation for Black and nonbinary actors has increased significantly in TV and film since the start of the pandemic, according to a study of how casting for scripted live-action content has changed over the past two years.

The research conducted by Variety sibling Variety Business Intelligence found that Black talent logged the highest rate of representation gains in episodic TV and film across racial and ethnic lines. Among the gender and LGBTQ breakdowns examined, nonbinary talent logged the biggest overall gains.

The study compared the the breakdowns of series regulars in episodic TV series and main-title cast members for movies
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