Now that Amazon has assimilated MGM, is it time to again contemplate a 007 series? Plus, AMC and Norman Reedus plan a Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! TV show, Neil Gaiman announces big stars added to The Sandman adaptation on Netflix, a new Cobra Kai IV trailer teases a returning villain, the CW requests a Powerpuff pilot do-over, and more of the week s top TV and streaming news.TOP STORYDiscovery-WarnerMedia and Amazon-MGM Deals Mean a Whole More TV Viewing … If You’re Willing to Pay(Photo by Sony Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection)If ever there were a time to expect nearly 60 years of James Bond on the big screen would finally lead to a 007 TV series, it’s now. With this week’s announcement that Amazon would shell out .45 billion for MGM and all the movie and TV series that come with it, one of the studio’s signature properties — 27 Bond films — could also potentially become one of its most exciting TV projects.In the time of ongoing streaming wars, when streaming networks need not just original programming, but also fully stocked inventories of legacy TV series and movies to tempt consumers to pony up yet another monthly fee for entertainment, buying an existing library can instantly mean both. IP, intellectual property, as always, is the name of the Hollywood game.Last week’s ATT divestiture of WarnerMedia that led to a billion merger with Discovery means HBO, HBO Max, CNN, TBS, Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Network, Discovery Channel, among others networks, and Warner Bros. Pictures are going to be a part of one company that has not yet be named. All that programming under one umbrella, which aside from the TV series you already know — Friends, The Sopranos, The Big Bang Theory, and all the other big titles TV fans clapped together their hands for when HBO Max launched — will also include the programming of Shark Week, Puppy Bowl, the Property Brothers, and Guy Fieri. Plus the merger also brings together DC Comics TV shows and movies, like the great Harley Quinn series, and Harry Potter and The Matrix movies, as well as Rick and Morty and other Cartoon Network and Adult Swim programs.The Amazon-MGM merger adds movies like the Rocky, Legally Blond, and RoboCop franchises to Amazon, and also potentially adds 17,000 MGM TV episodes from series like Shark Tank, The Real Housewives franchise, and The Handmaid’s Tale to Amazon Prime Video, plus all the spin-offs, reboots, remakes, movies, and documentaries they could spark.But those migrations from networks to streaming services aren’t all going to happen immediately, and some maybe never. Bravo, for instance, has its own streaming home on Peacock, so the Housewives may continue to make their bedazzled presence known there for now, and Emmy winner The Handmaid’s Tale has yet to finish out its original run on Hulu (though author Margaret Atwood’s sequel novel, The Testament, could become an Amazon movie or series). As for a Bond TV series, MGM has floated the idea for years, only to have the family of the movies’ famous producer, Cubby Broccoli, to reject 007 on TV. Plus, famed MGM movies like The Wizard of Oz and Singin’ in the Rain were sold to what is now WarnerMedia years ago, meaning the Discovery-WarnerMedia merger will benefit from those films instead of Amazon.But the bottom line, TV fans: when these supermergers and their complicated streaming rights issues finally shake out, you’re gonna need a comfier couch for a lot more viewing. And a much bigger entertainment budget.Norman Reedus and AMC Studios Are Developing a Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! TV Series(Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)The Walking Dead’s signature rebel is producing a TV series about a group of movieland’s most famous on-screen rebels. TWD star Norman Reedus, under his bigbaldhead production company’s deal with AMC Studios, is developing a series adaptation of Russ Meyer’s cult classic movie Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, the 1965 exploitation movie about go-go dancers on a kidnapping-and-murder spree through the California desert. The series, with the full support of Meyer’s estate, will “pay homage” to the movie, but will expand its focus on the kick-ass women who were flying in the face of cultural conventions at the time.“I’ve been watching Russ Meyer’s film since I was a kid, wearing my Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! shirt to school,” Reedus told Deadline. “It’s safe to say I’m beyond inspired by Russ’ style of filmmaking, and I am over the moon excited for the opportunity to reimagine this story for the modern world.”NEW TRAILERS: Cobra Kai IV Teases the Return of Karate Kid III Baddie Thomas Ian Griffith as Terry SilverCobra Kai Season 4: there’s no release date yet, but a much welcome teaser for the new season reveals Karate Kid III baddie (and original Cobra Kai founder) Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) will return to the action to no doubt challenge the new collaboration between frienemies Johnny and Daniel. Also stars (of course) Billy Zabka, Ralph Macchio, Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Gianni Decenzo, Vanessa Rubio. Peyton List, and Martin Kove. Premieres later in 2021. (Netflix)More trailers and teasers released this week:• The Mysterious Benedict Society is an adaptation of Trenton Lee Stewart’s series of books about four children tasked with saving the world from a global crisis known as “The Emergency.” Stars Tony Hale in a double role. Premieres June 25. (Disney+)• Apocalypse ’45 is a powerful documentary that honors the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II with new footage and voices of 24 men who recount the end of the war: the last months of the battle in the Pacific in 1945. Premieres May 27. (Discovery+)• Animal Kingdom Season 5 picks up with the family in chaos as they seek revenge and look for a new leader to emerge, while flashbacks reveal the rise of the late Smurf. Stars Shawn Hatosy and Finn Cole. Premieres July 11. (TNT)• Love, Victor, the GLAAD Media Award-nominated spin-off of the Love, Simon movie, returns for Season 2 as Victor has come out to his parents and takes his relationship with Benji public, neither of which proves to be as easy as they hoped they would be. Stars Michael Cimino and Nick Robinson. Premieres June 11. (Hulu)• Dave, returns for Season 2 with his continuing quest for superstardom … if he can avoid causing an international incident first. Starring Dave “Lil Dicky” Burd. Premieres June 16. (FXX)• In the Dexter limited series reboot, it sure looks like Dexter Morgan, a.k.a. Jim Lindsay is a popular man about his new hometown. If only his neighbors knew …. Michael C Hall returns as the transplanted serial killer this fall. (Showtime)• False Positive is a film about a couple (Ilana Grazer and Justin Theroux) who finally get pregnant after a long struggle with fertility, only to start suspecting something sinister is afoot with their fertility doc (Pierce Brosnan). Also stars Gretchen Mol and Sophia Bush. Premieres June 25. (Hulu)• Penguin Town is a docuseries about a bunch of ornery penguins who stir up trouble on the beaches of Cape Town every summer while looking for their love matches. Narrated by Patton Oswalt. (Netflix)• Evil Season 2, the horror series from The Good Wife’s marrieds Robert and Michelle King, moves to a new streaming home for its sophomore season. Stars Michael Emerson, Christine Lahti, Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, and Aasif Mandvi. Premieres June 20. (Paramount+)• Fresh, Fried Crispy is the reality series with YouTuber Daym Drops, who has earned more than 250 million views of his food reviews, travels all around the country to find the best unknown fried dishes coming from the streets, fancy restaurants, and home kitchens, from extra crispy pork chops in Birmingham to deep fried Oreos in San Diego. Premieres June 9. (Netflix)For all the latest TV and streaming trailers, subscribe to the Rotten Tomatoes TV YouTube channel.CASTING: Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: David Thewlis and Jenna Coleman Among Cast Additions(Photo by Amanda Edwards/Karwai Tang/WireImage; Dave Benett/Getty Images)Neil Gaiman dropped a blog post to announce additions to the cast of the Netflix adaptation of his comic book series The Sandman: Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Death), Mason Alexander Park (Desire), Donna Preston (Despair), Jenna Coleman (Johanna Constantine), Niamh Walsh (Ethel Cripps in the 1920s and ‘30s), Joely Richardson (Ethel Cripps in the present da), David Thewlis (John Dee), Kyo Ra (Rose Walker), Stephen Fry (Gilbert), Razane Jammal (Lyta Hall), Sandra James Young (Unity Kincaid), and Patton Oswalt (narrator Matthew the raven). Previously announced cast includes Tom Sturridge (Dream), Gwendolyn Christie (Lucifer), Sanjeev Bhaskar and Amid Chaudry (Cain and Abel), Charles Dance (Roderick Burgess), Vivienne Acheampong (Lucienne), and Boyd Holbrook (The Corinthian).
love, jobs, and figuring out all sorts of bigger picture issues. Stars Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell, and directed by Crystal Moselle. Premieres June 11. (HBO Max)• Bosch Season 7 marks the end of the road for LAPD detective Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver), but a spin-off of the Michael Connelly-created series is coming to IMDB TV, and may include co-stars Lance Reddick and Jamie Hector as Chief Irving and Harry’s partner Jerry. Bosch’s final season premieres June 25. (Amazon Video)• The Last Mercenary stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as a retired secret service agent who has to return to the job 25 years later when his estranged son is accused of some major crimes by the French government. Premieres July 30. (Netflix)• Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail is the third season of the TBS comedy, and this time stars Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi, Geraldine Viswanathan, Karan Soni and Jon Bass are moved to the American Old West, as a small-town preacher (Radcliffe) and an outlaw (Buscemi) lead a wagon train across the titular trail. Premieres July 13. (TBS)• Dave became FXX’s most-watched series ever, and Season 2 returns with further debauchery and guest stars like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Hart, Kendall Jenner, Doja Cat, and Lil Nas X. Stars Lil Dicky. Premieres June 16. (FXX)• Outer Banks Season 2 finds John B. and Sarah on the lam in the Bahamas. Stars Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline. Premieres July 30. (Netflix)For all the latest TV and streaming trailers, subscribe to the Rotten Tomatoes TV YouTube channel.CASTING:She-Hulk Casts The Good Place Star Jameela Jamil as Supervillain Titania(Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)The Good Place star Jameela Jamil has joined the cast of Disney+’s She-Hulk, where she’ll play She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany) rival Titania, a supervillain with super strength. (Variety)Annie herself has yet to be cast, but Taraji P. Henson will play Miss Hannigan in NBC’s upcoming Annie Live musical. Producers have launched a nationwide virtual search to find the youngest star for the special, which is expected to air near the end of 2021.Danny Trejo has joined the cast of American Horror Stories, Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story spin-off, reports Deadline. Murphy confirmed several castings for the anthology series, including Kevin McHale (Glee), Dyllón Burnside (Pose), Charles Melton (Riverdale), and Nico Greetham (The Prom).HBO Max’s Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That …, has added even more returning cast members, including Mario Cantone as Charlotte’s friend Anthony, David Eigenberg as Miranda’s husband Steve, Willie Garson as Carrie’s pal Stanford, and Evan Handler as Charlotte’s husband Harry. The nearly full house of cast members reprising their roles is a boon for SATCfans, but it also makes the absence of Kim Cattrall even more glaring.Mary-Louise Parker will play Mysterious Woman in the HBO movie adaptation of author Elena Ferrante’s bestseller The Days of Abandonment. The movie stars Natalie Portman as Tess, whose supposedly stable home life is thrown into turmoil when her husband abandons the family. Mysterious Woman starts appearing to Tess everywhere, and makes her begin to doubt her sanity.Dennis Quaid will play producer Rick Kirkham in Peacock’s Joe Exotic miniseries. Kirkham is the memorable reality TV producer who recalled in Tiger King trying to make a documentary about Exotic’s Oklahoma tiger park. The Peacock series will feature John Cameron Mitchell (Shrill) as Exotic and Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon as Exotic’s foe, Carole Baskin.Judy Greer has joined the cast of HBO’s The White House Plumbers, a limited series about the Watergate scandal. She’ll play Fran Liddy, the wife of G. Gordon Liddy (Justin Theroux). Theroux and Woody Harrelson, who plays Liddy’s fellow Richard Nixon adviser E. Howard Hunt, are executive producers on the five-part series. Liddy and Hunt were the architects of the burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in 1972, the scandal that led to the end of Nixon’s presidency. (Deadline)Mickey Rourke has joined the cast of Peacock’s eight-episode MacGruber series, for which Will Forte will reprise his titular role from the skit and spin-off movie that originated on Saturday Night Live. Rourke will play the villainous Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth, a MacGruber enemy who was presumed dead, but who has resurfaced to carry out a nefarious plot and get revenge against MacGruber. Also in the all-star cast: Sam Elliott as MacGruber’s estranged dad, Perry; Laurence Fishburne as the respected General Barrett Fasoose, who’s married to MacGruber’s ex-wife; and Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe, who reprise their MacGruber movie roles as Vicki St. Elmo (who MacGruber marries at the end of the movie) and MacGruber cohort Dixon Piper.Game of Thrones alum Sophie Turner joins the cast of HBO Max’s limited series The Staircase, based on the story of Michael Peterson, the author who was accused of killing his wife and whose case was covered in the documentary of the same name. Turner will play Margaret Ratliff, one of Peterson’s adopted daughters. Colin Firth plays Peterson, while Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Juliette Binoche, and Rosemarie DeWitt also star.Orange Is the New Black and Star Trek: Voyager star Kate Mulgrew has joined Showtime’s The First Lady series, playing Susan Sher, Michelle Obama’s chief of staff. Oscar-winning Crashproducer Cathy Schulman will serve as showrunner for the anthology series. (Deadline)With Chris Harrison permanently out as host of all things The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Tituss Burgess, Lance Bass, and Lil Jon will join David Spade as rotating guest hosts in the upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise.Matthew Goode (The Good Wife) will play legendary producer Robert Evans in Paramount+’s The Offer, the 10-episode limited series about the making of The Godfather. (Deadline)Curtiss Cook Jr. (The Day Shall Come) and Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Deuce) will star in Season 2 of Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga series. Cook Jr. will play Mathematics, the group’s DJ, producer, and creator of the iconic Wu-Tang logo, while Akinnagbe will play John “Mook” Gibbons, the group’s first manager. (Deadline)Ugly Betty star Mark Indelicato will star in Amazon’s hour-long romantic comedy With Love, from One Day at a Time producer Gloria Calderón Kellett. Indelicato plays Jorge, who, along with sister Lily (Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments’ Emeraude Toubia), is looking for love, and thinks he has found the man of his dreams … but he’s afraid to take him home to his family. (Deadline)Meanwhile, One Day at a Time star Justina Machado has signed on for the Amazon drama pilot The Horror of Dolores Roach, which is based on the podcast of the same name. Dolores is a woman released from prison after 16 years, who returns to her gentrified Washington Heights NYC neighborhood with nothing but 0 and the clothes she’s wearing. She knows no one and nothing, except her friend Luis and a local empanada restaurant.Hulu’s Elizabeth Holmes limited series The Dropout has added William H. Macy, Laurie Metcalf, Stephen Fry, Elizabeth Marvel, Michael Ironside, Bill Irwin, Michel Gill, and Josh Pais to the cast led by Amanda Seyfried portraying Theranos founder Holmes. (Variety)Beau Bridges and Ludacris have joined the cast of the Queen Latifah Netflix thriller End of the Road. Latifah plays a recent widow who’s moving her family cross country to start a new life, only to become the target of a killer along the way. No details are being revealed about Bridges’ and Ludacris’ roles … could one of them be the mysterious murderer?
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