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Universal Spends $400 Million on New ‘Exorcist’ Trilogy Starring Ellen Burstyn, Leslie Odom Jr.

Universal is shelling out an eye-popping $400 million to buy a new “Exorcist” trilogy with plans to screen some of the films on Peacock, its new streaming service. In a coup, Ellen Burstyn, the Oscar-winning actress who first did battle with the devil in the 1973 original, will reprise her role as Chris MacNeil. David […]

Eva Longoria Teams With Grace Parra Janney, Josh Bycel to Develop Mexican American Comedy at ABC

Eva Longoria will direct and executive produce a single-cam comedy in the works at ABC that hails from Grace Parra Janney and Josh Bycel. The untitled series is inspired by Grace’s own large Mexican American family in Texas. It is described as a multi-generational comedy about an upper middle class family handling grief, identity, and […]

Jai Courtney Joins Chris Pratt in Amazon Thriller Series ‘Terminal List’

Jai Courtney has been cast in the Amazon series “The Terminal List” opposite Chris Pratt, Variety has learned. The series follows James Reece (Pratt) after his entire platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission. Reece returns home to his family with conflicting memories of the event and questions about his culpability. However,...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom Slams ‘Right-Wing Echo Chamber’ Spreading Vaccine Misinformation

California Gov. Gavin Newsom came out swinging Monday against media outlets and personalities that have sought to cast doubt on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, calling them “pundits profiteering off misinformation.” Newsom was also highly critical of those who have decided not to get the vaccination as a danger to overall public welfare. “Individual...

Tokyo Olympic Games Ratings Pose Counting Challenge for NBCU

NBCUniversal’s Olympics coverage is putting a spotlight not only on the world’s top athletes, but on the way American viewers are choosing to watch them. In decades past, fans of swimming competitions and gymnastic feats would tune in to a single network showing the Summer Olympics, and giant audiences would follow. In recent years, however, […]

Amara Karan Joins AMC Sci-Fi Series ‘Moonhaven’ (EXCLUSIVE)

AMC Networks’ sci-fi thriller series “Moonhaven,” from creator Peter Ocko (“Lodge 49,” “Black Sails”), has cast Amara Karan. Karan joins previously announced stars Emma McDonald, Dominic Monaghan, Kadeem Hardison and Ayelet Zurer. “Moonhaven” is focused on a utopian colony on the moon that may hold the keys to preserving life on Earth, which has become...

Pokemon Live-Action Series in Early Development at Netflix From ‘Lucifer’s’ Joe Henderson (EXCLUSIVE)

A new Pokemon series is in early development at Netflix, Variety has learned exclusively from sources. As the project is still in its early days, no details are available about the plot. However, sources say that Joe Henderson is attached to write and executive produce. Henderson currently serves as co-showrunner and executive producer on the popular...

Fox Sets Fall Premiere Dates for 2021-2022 Season (TV News Roundup)

Fox announced the premiere dates for its 2021-2022 fall season that begins on Sept. 20. The network will launch three new shows and eight returning series over the course of several weeks. The Season 5 premiere of “9-1-1” will kick things off on Sept. 20 at 8 p.m., immediately followed by the debut of new […]

Tom Barrack Pleads Not Guilty to Foreign Agent Charges

Tom Barrack pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that he acted as an unregistered agent of the United Arab Emirates and obstructed a federal investigation. Barrack, a real estate investor who once owned the controlling stake in Miramax, was arrested last week and held for three days in a county detention center in San […]

‘Days of Our Lives’ Gets Peacock Limited Series With Lisa Rinna Reprising Role

Beloved daytime drama “Days of Our Lives” is expanding its world once again with an upcoming limited series entitled “Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem.” Five episodes of this new series has been ordered by streamer Peacock, and they will feature the return of Lisa Rinna in the role of Billie Reed. The episodes will […]

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