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Emily Watson Joins Nat Geographic’s Anthology Series ‘GENIUS’

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Emily Watson has joined National Geographic Channel’s upcoming global anthology series GENIUS as Elsa Einstein, the second wife– and first cousin– of the enigmatic scientist Albert Einstein. Einstein will be played in his elder years by Geoffrey Rush and in his younger years by Johnny Flynn.

Also joining the series are Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones) as physicist Dr. Philipp Lenard, an early role model for a young Einstein, who evolved into his longtime adversary– both inside and outside the laboratory; Seth Gabel as Einstein’s longtime friend and confidant Michele Besso; Samantha Colley as Mileva Maric, a fellow student of Einstein’s during his university years in Zurich, who later became his first wife and mother to his three children; Richard Topol as Fritz Haber, a brilliant chemist and close colleague of Einstein’s who held some nontraditional and controversial political views; and Vincent Kartheiser as Raymond Geist, a consulate official in Berlin.

Each season will dramatize the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators. The first season will be based on Walter Isaacson’s critically acclaimed book “Einstein: His Life and Universe” adapted by writer Noah Pink. Through ten episodes, GENIUS will chart how an imaginative, rebellious patent clerk, who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate, unlocked the mysteries of the atom and the universe. Each episode will explore Einstein’s extraordinary scientific achievement, along with his volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships. The first episode will be directed by Ron Howard, his first time directing a scripted prime-time drama episode.

The series from Fox 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television, OddLot Entertainment and EU/Sokolow. The series will be executive produced by Brian Grazer, Howard and Francie Calfo, Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane, Sam Sokolow and Jeff Cooney. Anna Culp, Melissa Rucker and Pink will co-executive produce alongside showrunner Ken Biller.

 

Production will begin next month in Prague, for a 2017 air on the NGC in 171 countries and 45 languages.

 

TNT Orders Pilot For ‘LET THE RIGHT ONE IN’

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TNT has announced that they’ve given a pilot order on LET THE RIGHT ONE IN series, based on the bestselling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist. Jeff Davis (Criminal Minds, Teen Wolf) wrote the script for the pilot and will executive produce with Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios and Simon Oakes of Hammer Films. Carl Molinder, who produced the original screenplay, and Alex Brunner will also executive produce. The pilot is being produced by Tomorrow Studios in association with Turner’s Studio T, the in-house studio that owns and produces original series for TNT and TBS.

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is an eerie drama about a young boy, long tormented by his classmates, who finds solace in a friendship with a charismatic female vampire who appears to be near his age. The vampire settles into the boy’s small Vermont town with her mysterious caretaker, just as a series of bizarre murders begin attracting the attention of law enforcement.

Lindqvist’s debut novel of the same name was an instant bestseller back in Sweden. He adapted his book into a screenplay for the acclaimed 2008 Swedish film of the same name, earning numerous international awards. TNT’s pilot will draw inspiration from the original source material.

Sarah Aubrey, Executive Vice President of Original Programming at TNT said:

“LET THE RIGHT ONE IN combines elements of horror, revenge thriller and adolescent romance into an unforgettable and truly unsettling tale. This novel is a watershed of rich storytelling, making it an abundant source from which Jeff, Marty, Becky and Simon will bring to life in this all-new adaption.”

Adelstein, CEO of Tomorrow Studios said:

“TNT has amassed an incredible slate of programming and we are thrilled to extend our relationship with them. Their collaboration and shared enthusiasm for bringing LET THE RIGHT ONE IN to the U.S. TV audience is incredibly exciting to all of us.”

TNT is in the middle of evolving their original programming slate, which kicked off this past June with the premiere of the critically acclaimed hit Animal Kingdom, one of cable’s Top 3 new summer dramas and the only summer drama that its audience grew week over week. It will be followed on November 15 with the launch of the seductive thriller Good Behavior starring none other Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery as a complicated woman trying to regain her life. The network’s 2017 slate of dramas include The Alienist, based on Caleb Carr’s New York Times bestseller about a serial killer in New York during the Gilded Age; Will, the punk rock version of William Shakespeare’s young life; Foreign Bodies, a comedic drama featuring a group of young adults traveling across Asia, and many more.

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN joins three other pilots in the network: Monsters of God, a post-Civil War drama from Rod Lurie and Plan B Entertainment; Civil, starring Bradley Whitford, Toby Jones and Enrique Murciano in a gripping about America on the brink of a modern day Civil War; and Claws, starring Niecy Nash, Harold Perrineau, and Jenn Lyon in a wickedly funny dramedy set in a Florida nail salon.

 

The First Official Poster For The CW’s ‘SUPERGIRL’ Season 2

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Check out the very first official poster that The CW has released for SUPERGIRL season 2, which can be seen down below!

 

Kara has left the safety of being Cat Grant’s assistant in order to figure out what she really wants to do, while as Supergirl she continues to work at the DEO, protecting the citizens of National City and searching for Jeremiah and Cadmus. Along the way, she will team up with Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) to battle new villains, as she strives to balance her personal life with her life as a superhero.

Melissa Benoist leads as the title character and is joined alongside Mehcad Brooks, Laura Benanti, Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, David Harewood, Peter Facinelli, with Dean Cain and Helen Slater. Season 2 will also have recurring roles for Lynda Carter as the President of the United States, Floriana Lima as Maggie Sawyer and Hoechlin as Superman.

Supergirl season 2 premieres on Monday, October 10 at 8PM ET/PT on The CW.

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Supergirl — Image SPG_S2_KEYART.1 — Pictured: Melissa Benoist as Supergirl — Photo: Frank Ockefels III/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Deathstroke To Appear in Ben Affleck’s Solo Batman Movie

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Following the video that Ben Affleck posted on his Twitter page all the way from the set of the currently film Justice League, rumors are that Deathstroke will be the main antagonist of Affleck’s upcoming solo Batman film. It still remains to be confirmed who is the actor behind the mask, so we’ll have to wait a bit longer.

However, fans have become suspicious when The CW’s Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim revealed on Tumblr that the character will not appear in the series due to being “tied up with another DC project.”

Deathstroke was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, and is a famous mercenary in the world of DC Comics who has gone toe-to-toe with Batman on multiple occasions and actually beaten him in hand-to-hand combat more than once.

Affleck is set to direct the film and has co-written the script alongside DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns. No official release date has been announced as of yet, though Affleck previously said that production wouldn’t begin until the script was fully finished. Warner Bros. previously set release dates for two untitled DC projects: one on October 5, 2018 and the other November 1, 2019, meaning that Affleck’s film could have one of those two dates.

Chris Pratt and James Gunn Talks Ego the Living Planet in ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2’

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Back at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed that Star-Lord’s father would appear in the upcoming, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 and that it is indeed Ego the Living Planet, set to be played by Kurt Russell. Just recently, star Chris Pratt spoke with Empire Magazine about Star-Lord and how his character would react to the news about his father.

“You’re going to see these characters having to endure the realities of being in a family. You’re talking about a guy who’s been longing to know who his father is for a long time. He’ll discover if that person lives up to the expectations he has in his head.”

Writer-director James Gunn also teased about Ego, and what he’s been doing this entire time.

“He’s an ancient cosmic being who has been on the edges of the universe for aeons by himself.”

Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, and Sean Gunn. They’re joined by newest members Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, and Kurt Russell.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.

The CW’s ‘THE FLASH’ Producers Talk Season 3 Villains

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While the stars of The CW’s hit DC Comics live-action show THE FLASH are back in Vancouver, Canada, filming the third season, executive producers Aaron and Todd Helbing recently spoke to TVLine about the upcoming season and introducing new villains with Savitar and Dr. Alchemy and how they differ from Reverse Flash and Zoom.

Aaron Helbing said:

“[Season 3] is more about psychological warfare.

Todd said:

“[We’re] trying to have the powers that they both possess play off of each other. It’s not just, ‘Oh, I have to catch this guy and take him down.’ It’s like, ‘Crap, now there’s this other guy, Dr. Alchemy,’ who has these transmutation qualities [via] this Philosopher’s Stone. You start to learn what he does with this stuff and how the both of them are coexisting.”

The duo also spoke about the series’ tone, attributing the final episodes of Season’s 2 darkness to Zoom and revealing they’re consciously shifting the series back to the lighter tone that we saw on the first season.

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In addition, Harry Potter star Tom Felton also spoke about his character’s relationship with Barry Allen in Season 3 with SciFiNow.

“He’s a forensic expert so he treads on the toes of much of what Barry is good at. Hence they have a slightly abrasive relationship at first… He’s not familiar with me, but I’m familiar with him, so it’s an odd dynamic. It seems like a love/hate thing at first.”

And lastly, the Canadagraphs Twitter account (noted for set photos of TV productions in Vancouver) tweeted that they ran into star Violett Beane as Jesse Chambers, in a heroic costume as Jesse Quick, but that hasn’t been confirmed as of yet. With the addition of Savitar and Kid Flash in this upcoming season, there seems to be more speedsters coming to Central City.

Blinded by anger, Barry unwittingly plays into Zoom’s game and uncovers the evil speedster’s true goal: to destroy all Earths in the multiverse. In the race of his life, Barry ultimately gets the upper hand against Zoom and defeats his nemesis. But unstable to celebrate victory, Barry makes a world-shaking decision and speeds back in time to the night his mother died to stop Reverse Flash from killing her, irrevocably changing his past and predetermining the future.

THE FLASH stars Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, and Jesse L. Martin. Season 2 also introduced Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West and the Earth-2 version of The Flash as played by John Wesley Shipp (who also played Barry’s father, Henry Allen). Harry Potter star Tom Felton has joined the show in a recurring role of Julian Dorn, a fellow CSI at the Central City Police Department who suspects there’s more to Barry Allen than just his good guy reputation.

The Flash season 2 premieres on Tuesday, October 4 at 8PM ET/PT on The CW.

 

Time Line Details & More Revealed For CBS’s ‘STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’ Series

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Series Producer and showrunner Bryan Fuller is quite busy following Hannibal, with the upcoming Neil Gaiman’s Starz series American Gods, he’ll also have talked and revealed some few details and CBS’s upcoming series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. 

Fuller recently spoke Ain’t It Cool News and revealed that there will be a female lead, a lieutenant commander on the ship referred as to “Number One”, with her real name to be revealed towards the end of Season 1. He also said that the first season will consist of 13 episodes which are written by himself and Alex Kurtzman, with the second hour written by Nicholas Meyer, and the series taking place in the Prime (William Shatner) timeline as opposed to the Kelvin (Chris Pine) to avoid any future conflicts with the movies.

“I would strongly recommend that we never do 26 episodes. I think it would fatigue the show. Ideally I would like to do 10 episodes. I think that’s a tighter story.”

Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts (Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies) will co-showrun the show, with Jesse Alexander (Alias, Heroes, Hannibal), Kristen Beyer, Aron Eli Coleite and veteran Trek series writer Joe Menosky as part of the writing staff.

Fuller previously revealed to EW that the series will debut on CBS in January 207 before the show makes its permanent home on the streaming site CBS All Accesswill have a female, human lead and that they are hoping to a cast a diverse actress for the role. The male lead might also be diverse, and there will be robots as well.

“We’ll probably have a few more aliens than you typically have on the show. We wanted to paint a picture of Starfleet where we’re going to have new exciting aliens and also new imagining of existing aliens.”

And he also confirmed that there will be a gay character in there too.

The first season will be told in 13 episodes. Fuller said that each episode is a chapter, within each chapter will be a beginning, middle and end.

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY is set about 10 years before Captain Kirk’s mission.

“There’s an incident and an event in STAR TREK history, that’s been talked about but never been explored. To do this series, we’re telling a much more serialized story, to dig deeper into a very tantalizing storyline. And we have a character who’s on a journey, and in order to understand something that is alien she first has to understand herself.”

Fuller also said that the first season will be sticking to new character, but moving forward, and that original Star Trek characters could appear in some kind of form.

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will begin production in Toronto in September. Alex Kurtzman and Fuller are co-creators and executive producers, based on Gene Roddenberry’s original series. Fuller launched his writing career in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. Kurtzman is a co-writer and producer on 2009’s Star Trek and it’s follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness.

The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will be executive producing.

 

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