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‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Writers: Show Not Just “Vaguely Connected” to…

'The Rings of Power' showrunners pushed back on a critic's suggestion the series isn't strongly rooted in J.R.R. Tolkien's work, and addressed those 'Game of…

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‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Writers: Show Not Just “Vaguely Connected” to Tolkien

Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power showrunners and cast discussed creating their shows immense world and comparisons to HBO’s Game of Thrones at the Television Critic Association’s semi-annual press tour Friday. But the congenial panel’s most lean-forward moment might have been when a reporter called the highly anticipated fantasy show […]

‘Love, Death and Robots’ Animated Anthology Renewed at Netflix

Netflix hasn’t had enough of Love, Death and Robots yet. The streamer has picked up a fourth season of the Emmy-winning animated series. Netflix made the announcement on Instagram Friday morning. The renewal for Love, Death and Robots comes about three months after its third season debuted, and a month after it was nominated for […]

Amazon’s ‘A League of Their Own’ Creators Make Their Pitch: “It’s Not a Reboot”

Welcome to the 181st episode of TV’s Top 5, The Outne Reporter’s TV podcast. Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) break down the latest TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunners, executives and other guests, and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as […]

Jon Batiste Leaving ‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ After Seven Seasons as Bandleader

Jon Batiste is exiting CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert after serving as bandleader since the show launched in September 2015, host Stephen Colbert announced Thursday. Colbert told his audience that Louis Cato, who has filled in throughout the summer amid Batiste’s absence, will take over the role permanently, with the host introducing his […]

‘Resident Evil’ Has Solid Opening on Streaming Chart

The latest addition to the Resident Evil franchise had a pretty good opening on Netflix. Stranger Things remained a dominant No. 1 in the Nielsen streaming rankings for July 11-17, and Ms. Marvel hit a high the week of its finale. The Resident Evil series — the first live-action show in the long-running video game/movie/TV franchise […]

‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ Scores Early Renewal at Starz

Starz continues to lean into its Power franchise. The Lionsgate-backed premium cable network used its time at the virtual Television Critics Association’s summer press tour to announce an early season three renewal for Power Book III: Raising Kanan. The news arrives ahead of the show’s Aug. 14 sophomore debut. The series is set in the […]

‘Physical’ Earns Season 3 Renewal at Apple TV+

Apple TV+ will continue to feel the burn. The streamer has ordered a third season of Physical, its 1980s-set dramedy about Sheila Rubin (Rose Byrne), a San Diego woman who finds her calling in the decade’s aerobics boom. The renewal comes on the heels of the show’s second season finale, which debuted Aug. 5. “I […]

Lifetime Reacts to Anne Heche Crash, Provides Update on Her Movie

Lifetime, which is set to air a movie starring Anne Heche in September, said it is “deeply concerned” about the actress’ health following a car crash last week. Heche stars in Girl in Room 13, playing a woman who goes on a relentless search for her daughter (Larissa Dias) after the young woman becomes a […]

‘Yellowjackets’ Recruits Lauren Ambrose for Season 2

Showtime’s Emmy-nominated survival drama Yellowjackets has revealed another teenage cast member who survives to the present day. Six Feet Under alum Lauren Ambrose has joined the cast of the breakout series from creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson. Ambrose will play the adult version of Van, the 1990s-set teenage character played by Liv Hewson. As […]

Quinta Brunson Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV

Quinta Brunson is extending her relationship with Warner Bros. Television Group. The Abbott Elementary creator and star has signed a multiple-year overall deal with the studio that produces the show alongside Disney’s 20th Television. Under the exclusive pact, Brunson’s first such deal, the Emmy-nominated actress and writer will create new projects for multiple platforms for […]

Brian Tyree Henry to Lead Apple Drug Ring Drama

Brian Tyree Henry is lining up his TV follow-up to FX’s Atlanta.   The actor, currently seen opposite Brad Pitt in the feature Bullet Train, will lead the cast of the Apple TV drama series Sinking Spring. The eight-episode drug ring drama is based on Dennis Tafoya’s book Dope Thief and is being written by […]

‘Better Call Saul’ Team on Ending With Season 6: “Know When to Leave the Party”

Between the original series, follow-up movie El Camino and Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad universe encompasses about 127 hours of television. That, according to Vince Gilligan, is just about the limit of how long to spend in that world. “One hundred twenty-seven hours is meaningful to me because that’s how long it took that […]