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'Casual' Renewed for Fourth and Final Season at Hulu

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The end is near for Casual.

Hulu has renewed the series for a fourth and final season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The last eight-episode season will premiere sometime in 2018. The renewal comes two and a half months after the end of season three.

Starring Michaela Watkins and Tommy Dewey, Casual marked one of the streamer's first forays into original scripted programming. Launching in 2015, the half-hour also helped usher Hulu into the awards season conversation, earning a Golden Globe nomination for best TV series musical or comedy that same year.

Zander Lehmann created the series, while Liz Tigelaar »

- Kate Stanhope

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TV Ratings: 'Riverdale' Takes Week 2 Dip, Fox Tops Wednesday

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Fox nabbed a Wednesday victory with a steady outing of Empire. The drama topped all other broadcast offerings with an average 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. (Star followed with a 1.3 rating in the key demo.)

Just behind Empire were similarly steady episodes of CBS' Survivor and ABC's Modern Family — each of which averaged a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49. But CBS beat ABC to No. 2 status for the night, even if Seal Team dipped to a low 1.0 rating before an even Criminal Minds (1.1 adults). ABC's other comedies — The Goldbergs (1.4 adults), Speechless (1.1 adults), American Housewife »

- Michael O'Connell

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UTA Signs The Jim Henson Company (Exclusive)

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The company responsible for Kermit, Miss Piggy and Grover has signed with UTA.

The Jim Henson Company, which is behind the The Muppets movies, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, signed with the talent agency for a partnership that will focus on expanding the company’s feature and primetime television slate, as well as Vr, gaming and digital initiatives.

“As we become more active in film and primetime, a partnership with UTA’s highly motivated team will bring together our creative and innovative legacy with the top talent in the industry, leading to some exciting announcements very soon,” said CEO, Lisa Henson.

Founded in 1958 »

- Mia Galuppo

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'Mr. Robot': Cracking the Code on Elliot's New Plan and That Massive Death

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[Warning: this story contains spoilers for season three, episode two of USA Network's Mr. Robot.]

Goodbye, friend.

The second episode of Mr. Robot's third season removed a player from the field, killed off in shockingly brutal fashion: Joanna Wellick (Stephanie Corneliussen), a mainstay since the earliest days of the series, shot in the head by her jilted lover Derek (Chris Conroy). It's the first series regular casualty in three seasons of Robot, and one that feels especially surprising considering Joanna's enigmatic role as a devil-may-care power player in the Sam Esmail-created »

- Josh Wigler

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'Better Things' Renewed for Third Season at FX

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Better Things will be back.

FX has renewed the Pamela Adlon comedy for a third season set to premiere in 2018, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The pickup comes in the midst of the acclaimed series' second season. In addition to creating, writing and starring in the series, Adlon also directed all 10 episodes of season two. 

The semi-autobiographical comedy returned in September to rave reviews, including from THR TV critic Tim Goodman, who called season two "wonderfully nuanced" and even called the comedy "one of TV's most »

- Kate Stanhope

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Steve Buscemi Replaces Owen Wilson in TBS Anthology

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There's a change at the top of TBS' upcoming comedic anthology Miracle Workers.

Owen Wilson has dropped out of the seven-episode comedy from Lorne Michaels and Simon Rich, with Steve Buscemi stepping in to star opposite Harry Potter grad Daniel Radcliffe. Wilson is said to have just walked away from the project.

Miracle Workers is executive produced by Saturday Night Live's Michaels and created by Man Seeking Woman's Rich, who also will serve as showrunner on the series. In addition to Michaels, executive producers include Rich, Wilson, Radcliffe and Andrew Singer of Broadway Video, which will produce the series in association with »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Samie Kim Falvey Tapped Imagine TV President

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Samie Kim Falvey is returning to the executive suite.

Falvey has been tapped president of independent production company Imagine Television. The news comes a day after Francie Calfo was promoted to chairman of the company.

For Falvey, the move marks a return to television after she served as head of M4, the planned over-the-top service from AwesomenessTV and Verizon. The effort folded in February. Before that, she was head of comedy at Disney-owned ABC.

"Samie is an amazing and respected executive with great taste and deep relationships,” Calfo said. “I'm thrilled to have her in this key leadership position as the company »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Mipcom: J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams Talk New Starz Drama

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Viewers will get double the dose of J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd on Sony and Starz's new parallel-worlds drama, Counterpart, but don’t call the Berlin-set drama "sci-fi."

“Say ‘sci-fi’ and there are so many images that spring to life,” said Simmons, adding that while the premise has elements of the genre, it draws heavily on Cold War and spy themes while working in a sci-fi world.

“We really didn’t want ray guns,” added writer and creator Justin Marks, who framed it as a metaphysical, existential, John LeCarre-inspired spy thriller.

So what’s it about? “Regret or hope, depending on »

- Rhonda Richford

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Ellen DeGeneres Talks Sexual Assault in Hollywood, Praises #MeToo Movement

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On Thursday's edition of her eponymous daytime talk show, Ellen DeGeneres praised the #MeToo movement during her monologue on Thursday's show.

Commenting on the numerous women who have come forward with stories of sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood in the wake of disturbing allegations about Harvey Weinstein, DeGeneres said of sexual misconduct, "This is not a male thing or a female thing. It is not a Hollywood thing or a political thing. This is a human thing. And it happens in the workplace, it happens in families, it happens all over the world, and we are all the same." 

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- Lexy Perez

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'Daily Show' Contributor Michelle Wolf Takes on Weinstein, Calls for Gender-Based Solution

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The Daily Show With Trevor Noah contributor Michelle Wolf, comically addressed the sexual harassment and assault claims against Harvey Weinstein during Wednesday's broadcast.

Wolf said there is a deeper underlying issue within the scandal: "This problem is bigger than Harvey Weinstein."

After the New York Times exposed decades of alleged sexual harassment by Weinstein and more than 40 women claimed they were either harassed or assaulted by the disgraced mogul, Wolf attributed Weinstein's actions, in part, to a misconstrued perspective men share.

"Men don't know anything that's going on with women," Wolf explained. "You think you understand vaginas because sometimes »

- Lexy Perez

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Court Refuses to Revive Defamation Suit Against Bill Cosby

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A federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to revive a defamation lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby by a woman who said he raped her decades ago.

A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston upheld a lower court ruling dismissing Kathrine McKee's lawsuit against Cosby.

The former actress said Cosby defamed her in a letter that his lawyer sent to the New York Daily News demanding a retraction of a 2014 story about McKee's rape allegations. The judge who dismissed McKee's case said the letter was protected by the First Amendment.

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Erica Ash to Star in Straight-to-Series Bet Legal Drama 'In Contempt' (Exclusive)

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With the end of its signature drama Being Mary Jane in sight, Bet is looking to replenish its scripted roster.

The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out a straight-to-series 10-episode order for legal drama In Contempt starring Erica Ash (Survivor's Remorse).

The procedural is in the fast-paced world of a legal aid office in New York City and follows Gwen Sullivan (Ash), an opinionated attorney whose passion for her job and clients make her arguably the most talented public defender in her district.

The drama, which is in production in Canada, was created by Terri Kopp (Law & Order, Third »

- Lesley Goldberg

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'S.W.A.T.': TV Review

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If it's platitudes and predictability you crave, there's no better source than a network television drama.

And with CBS' S.W.A.T., that's pretty much what you're getting — a paint-by-numbers procedural where the good guys are always going to win in the end. With the outcome assured, it's hard to raise the stakes — even if you account for the acting talent involved, and the pilot director with action blockbuster bona fides (Justin Lin).

What's more, reviving a TV series that was previously revived as a movie gets you down to the kind of iteration where viewers are coming for one thing »

- Tim Goodman

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'Survivor' Season 35: Alan Ball Strips Down the Latest Twist

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Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter's Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers regular season coverage! Every week, we're bringing you exit interviews with the latest person voted out, recaps from THR's very own Dan Fienberg, and weekly check-ins with executive producer and host Jeff Probst. Bookmark our season 35 one-stop shop to make sure you don't miss out on any of it.

Warning: spoilers ahead for season 35, episode four.

"I have to give credit where credit's due. They played a hell of a game, and they got me."

Those are some classy final words »

- Josh Wigler

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MTV EMAs: Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato, The Killers to Perform

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Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato and The Killers will be among the performers at the 24th annual MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) at the Wembley Arena in London next month, the company said Thursday.

It also unveiled that Kesha, Camila Cabello and Stormzy will be among the stars taking to the stage at the event. Meanwhile, Natalie Dormer, Madison Beer and Sabrina Carpenter are set to present awards.

They all join previously announced host and performer Rita Ora.

First held in London in 1996, the MTV EMAs will emanate from the U.K. for the sixth time. Edinburgh (2003), Liverpool (2008), Belfast (2011) and Glasgow »

- Georg Szalai

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'Babylon Berlin' Sets Ratings Record for Germany's Sky

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Babylon Berlin, a big-budget 1920s crime series co-directed by Run Lola Run's Tom Tykwer, is a hit in Germany.

Sky Deutschland, which is part of pan-European pay TV giant Sky and premiered the series in Germany last week, says 1.19 million people watched the show's first episode, a record for the network.

Just under half of those caught the show on Sky's linear network, with the rest watching on catch-up or on-demand services. The figure marks the best-ever start for a new series on Sky. The company, Germany's largest pay TV player, has around 5 million subscribers.

The series, budgeted »

- Scott Roxborough

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Mipcom: Traditional Players Show Strength in Transforming TV Market

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It seems you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Mipcom, the world's biggest television market, wraps up Thursday, and this year's event was marked by a return of the old guard as traditional networks, production companies and platform operators are finding new ways to finance, package and distribute shows for an increasingly global and on-demand audience.

Recent MIPCOMs were marked by anxiety among established TV players as streaming giants Netflix and Amazon Prime rushed into the international business, pouring money into TV series both U.S. and foreign and threatening to upend or demolish traditional business models. The streaming giants »

- Scott Roxborough

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'Loud House' Creator Chris Savino Suspended by Nickelodeon Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Nickelodeon has suspended Chris Savino, the creator of the hit show The Loud House, after multiple women came forward with sexual harassment allegations against the animator. 

According to a report in Cartoon Brew first published Tuesday, up to a dozen women have accused Savino, 46, of sexual harassment, unwanted advances, inappropriate behavior as well as threats of blacklisting female colleagues who were no longer in consensual relationships with him. 

Nickelodeon has not confirmed publicly that Savino has been suspended, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson said: “Viacom is committed to the safety and well-being of our employees, and to »

- Abid Rahman

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Mipcom: Discovery CEO David Zaslav Celebrated as Personality of the Year

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Discovery CEO David Zaslav made an impassioned plea for the environment and conservation as he was named Mipcom’s Personality of the Year.

The executive behind Animal Planet and the website The Dodo also spearheaded Project Cat, with the network's foundation buying up 1 million acres of land in India and Bhutan to conserve tiger habitats in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund.

Zaslav said television executives can push for change.

“We tell stories and those stories have an impact, stories that we take around the world are more powerful than armies,” he said, earning a standing ovation from the crowd.

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- Rhonda Richford

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'Survivor' Season 35: Jeff Probst Breaks Down the Tribe Swap

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Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter's Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers regular season coverage! Every week, we're bringing you exit interviews with the latest person voted out, recaps from THR's very own Dan Fienberg and weekly check-ins with executive producer and host Jeff Probst. Bookmark our season 35 one-stop shop to make sure you don't miss out on any of it.

Warning: spoilers ahead for season 35, episode four.

And just like that, the Heroes, Healers and Hustlers are no more.

Four episodes deep into the new Survivor season, with only three Tribal Councils »

- Josh Wigler

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