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HBO's Watchmen Is Poised to Be a Giant Hit, but That Doesn't Mean Season 2 Is Coming

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HBO's Watchmen Is Poised to Be a Giant Hit, but That Doesn't Mean Season 2 Is Coming
HBO's adaptation of Watchmen isn't the first time the dark, meta-critical take on the superhero genre has been adapted for the screen, but it's definitely the buzziest version. The "remixed" version of the famous graphic novel, which debuts on Sunday, Oct. 20, is not a direct adaptation but rather a new story that takes place in the same universe. Will there be a second season, though? Right now, it's not looking likely.

During New York Comic Con, executive producer Damon Lindelof repeatedly stressed that Watchmen, as it stands now, is designed to be self-contained and not leave any loose ends at the end of season one.

"We designed these nine episodes to be as self-contained as the original 12 issues [of the comics]. We wanted to feel like there was a sense of completeness, to resolve the essential mystery at hand. Obviously, there is a potential promise for the further exploration of the world
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Everything You Need to Know About the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Upcoming TV Shows

Everything You Need to Know About the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Upcoming TV Shows
The Avengers might have beaten Thanos, but that hasn’t put a stop to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The world’s largest film franchise has already announced a slew of Phase 4 projects, but television fans will also be getting their superhero fill on the small screen, too.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is no stranger to television shows, and although the Disney-Netflix partnership that delivered hits such as “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” has ended, there are a multitude of other television shows in the franchise that will be popping up in the next few years.

Here’s a rundown on all the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero action that will be making its way to television in the near future:

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Mina Kimes Helps ESPN Kick Off ‘Daily’ Podcast

Mina Kimes is preparing to take ESPN into a new frontier.

The sports-media giant has launched a “SportsCenter” for Snapchat and tested baseball telecasts for kids. Now it’s hoping to set up shop in another media venue. Starting tomorrow, the Disney-backed company launches “ESPN Daily,” a weekday morning podcast that aims to tap its vast array of reporters and analysts. Kimes, who will host the program, has already been working on stories.

“We will certainly be engaging with the news and the sports calendar, but we also want to find stories that aren’t the obvious ones, the
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Tom Brady Isn't Happy About that Living With Yourself Cameo Backlash

Tom Brady's cameo in Netflix's new dramedy series Living With Yourself has a lot of people talking -- and not just because it's so rare to see the star quarterback step into frame for scripted projects like this. Instead, it's how much art seems to be imitating a real life story here that's gotten

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Rome Mia Market Wraps With Stronger U.S. Presence, Boosts Italy’s Industry Standing

Rome’s Mia market for TV series, feature films and documentaries wrapped positively Sunday with organizers boasting a bump in attendance just as some 2,500 executives departed in an upbeat mood after four days of dealmaking and presentations of mostly European fresh product, which elevated Italy’s global standing in the industry, especially within the TV sector.

“Italy is in a full Renaissance phase in terms of scripted,” said Walter Iuzzolino, curator of Walter Presents, the joint venture between British broadcaster Channel 4 and Global Series Network, specialized in foreign-language drama series.

Iuzzolino, who at Mia presented the Greenlit section dedicated to new series,
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Quotes of the Week: Batwoman, Ahs, Madam Secretary, Conners and More

Quotes of the Week: Batwoman, Ahs, Madam Secretary, Conners and More
Halloween is still a few days away, but there’s no shortage of treats in our latest batch of Quotes of the Week.

We’ve once again gathered the most memorable dialogue from the past seven days of television, including bon mots, zingers and one-liners from broadcast, cable and streaming series.

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This time around, we’ve got The Good Doctor‘s latest lesson in romance,
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‘Looking for Alaska’ Soundtrack: Listen to All the Songs from the Hulu Show and Travel Back to 2006

Long before a “Class of 2006” banner pops up in “Looking for Alaska,” it’s pretty clear what year the new Hulu show’s characters are living through. Some of that comes from the on-screen MySpace references or the relative state of DVD menu design, but most of that mid-’00s feel comes from the show’s song choices.

As has become standard for shows created by the producing team of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the “Looking for Alaska” soundtrack is packed with a mix of cozy radio favorites — no chronicle of 2005 would be complete without The White Stripes and 50 Cent and Gorillaz and Jet and J-Kwon and The Killers — and below-the-surface cuts that might just end up linked with some of the series’ most emotional moments.

In addition to some of the most iconic tracks of the day, there are also a handful of covers of some enduring recognizable favorites.
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Tom Brady Insists Massage Parlor Cameo on Netflix Series Wasn't a Dig at Patriots Owner Robert Kraft

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is setting the record straight about a recent Netflix cameo that has caught the Internet’s attention.

Brady makes a brief appearance in the Paul Rudd-fronted Living With Yourself, which dropped its first season on Oct. 18. In the first episode, Rudd’s character, Miles, arrives at the Top Happy Spa, a strip mall massage parlor where he hopes to receive a rejuvenating treatment (of sorts) that will improve his life. The character is skeptical until he sees Brady walk out of the spa, looking refreshed.

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Showrunner Stefano Voltaggio on Netflix’s ‘Zero’ About Black Youths in Italy (Exclusive)

Netflix recently announced a new Italian original titled “Zero” that will mark the first Italian series centered around the present-day lives of black Italian youths. “Zero” is based on several books by young writer and TV music show host Antonio Dikele Distefano, who was born in Italy from Angolan parents. The project was originated by Italian screenwriter and now showrunner Stefano Voltaggio, who pitched it to Netflix. It’s being produced by Italy’s Fabula Pictures, the shingle behind Netflix’s “Baby.” Variety spoke to Voltaggio about how he got this groundbreaking show off the ground. Excerpts.

Zero” is groundbreaking for Italy in several respects.
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The Masked Singer: The Latest Clues About Butterfly, Thingamajig and More

The Masked Singer: The Latest Clues About Butterfly, Thingamajig and More
We still don’t know what The Masked Singer‘s Thingamajig is, exactly. But now we’re a little more certain of who he is.

Wednesday’s episode (full recap here!) featured performances by the freakishly tall crooner, as well as Flamingo, Leopard, Black Widow, Butterfly and Skeleton. By the end of the hour, Skeleton was a dead man: He was ousted from the competition and revealed to be former Late Show With David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer. (Read an exit interview with Shaffer here.)

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The TVLine-Up: What's Returning, New and Leaving the Week of Oct. 20

This weekly feature is in addition to TVLine’s daily What to Watch listings.

With nearly 500 scripted shows now airing across broadcast, cable, streaming and whatever “Wow Presents Plus” is, it’s easy to forget that a favorite comedy is returning, or that the new “prestige drama” you anticipated is about to debut. So consider this our reminder to set your DVR, order a Season Pass, pop a fresh Memorex into the Vcr… however it is you roll.

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Top TV Execs Tackle New Distribution Landscape in Rome

Rome – In an increasingly complex TV market, with a host of new big-ticket streaming services preparing to enter an already crowded arena, both buyers and sellers are rethinking some of the fundamentals of the TV business as they grapple with the best way to reach global audiences.

A host of top producers, network executives, and international distributors gathered during the Mia market this week to discuss their strategies for creating and packaging fresh content for the global market. Moderated by Skybound Galactic CEO Rick Jacobs, the panel included Mike Wald, Evp of television distribution and content strategy at Sony Pictures Television; Sean Furst,
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American Horror Story Mystery: Who Will Sarah Paulson Play in 1984?

American Horror Story Mystery: Who Will Sarah Paulson Play in 1984?
While it’s anyone’s guess what the rest of American Horror Story: 1984 has in store for the merry murderers of Camp Redwood, there’s another (arguably more pressing) mystery on viewers’ minds: When is Sarah Paulson going to show up, and who will she be playing?

Paulson, who has been a key player in all eight previous installments of American Horror Story, is reportedly set to appear in a reduced capacity sometime this season — and with only four episodes left, including the show’s milestone 100th hour, the clock is ticking.

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European Producers and Broadcasters Debate How to Weather Streaming Storm

Rome – The impending rollout of Disney Plus, HBO Max, and other new streaming services promises a new era of uncertainty—and opportunity—for broadcasters and producers in an industry already disrupted by the likes of Netflix and Amazon. At a panel hosted by the European Producers Club Friday afternoon during the Mia market in Rome, executives from some of Europe’s leading broadcasters gathered to discuss how local players can compete in a rapidly changing market.

“It’s not only the OTTs,” said Marcus Ammon, Svp of original production for Sky Germany, pointing to the threat from streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon.
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Lionsgate TV Chairman Kevin Beggs on Streamers and TV’s ‘Platinum Era’

Rome – Over the course of two decades in the industry, Lionsgate Television chairman Kevin Beggs has witnessed the ups and downs of a business that has frequently found itself confronting both dizzying new possibilities as well as existential threats. But these days the veteran exec, who oversees the development of all scripted and non-scripted content for the company, is energized by the prospects for what he calls the “platinum era” of television.

“The new streamers coming into the market are obviously bringing a lot of money and changing the business dynamics, but from a pure selling perspective, and getting new content out…
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David Oyelowo and Jane Lynch Bring Humor and Heft to ‘Inside the Actors Studio’

David Oyelowo and Jane Lynch Bring Humor and Heft to ‘Inside the Actors Studio’
James Lipton may have retired, but his spirit lives on in the new season of “Inside the Actors Stduio.” The brilliant concept — actors and directors discuss their work in front of a live audience of eager young acting students — has attracted countless talents from across genres, including Lauren Bacall, Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, and the entire main voice cast of “The Simpsons.”

For the first season sans-Lipton on its new home at Ovation (it previously aired on Bravo), the venerated series is changing up the format: Guests will now be interviewed by fellow actors or directors. The new season includes Laura Dern in conversation with Greta Gerwig; Al Pacino speaking to Ellen Burstyn; and Pedro Pascal interviewing Willem Dafoe. For this Sunday’s episode, “Inside the Actors Studio” has David Oyelowo sitting down with Jane Lynch.

A longtime fan of the series, Lynch jumped at the opportunity to host,
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Ratings: SmackDown Slips Again, Magnum and Blacklist Hit Lows

Fox’s Friday Night SmackDown this week drew just 2.44 million total viewers along with a 0.7 rating, down 15 and 30 percent from Week 2 to deliver Friday’s smallest total audience for a Big 4 program and barely lead the night in the demo.

Versus its Fox premiere, the WWE series is now down 37 and 50 percent.

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Over on CBS, Hawaii Five-0 (6.2 mil/0.6) and Magnum P.I. (5.8 mil/0.5) each ticked down,
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Performer of the Week: Edi Patterson

Performer of the Week: Edi Patterson
The Performer | Edi Patterson

The Show | The Righteous Gemstones

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The Episode | “Better is the End of a Thing Than Its Beginning” (Oct. 13, 2019)

The Performance | Patterson arrived on our radar three years ago via her brilliantly wackadoodle role as Danny McBride’s unhinged girlfriend/stalker on HBO’s Vice Principals. Turns out that performance was a mere warmup for her star turn to come as the hilariously demented Judy Gemstone on McBride’s latest HBO undertaking.
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Wynonna Earp Stars Share Their Hopes and Predictions for Season 4

Now that Wynonna Earp will officially return for a fourth season, that means we can stop fighting for the Syfy drama and get back to wondering how Wynonna will fight to get Waverly and Doc (Tim Rozon) back from the Garden. TV Guide caught up with showrunner Emily Andras and stars Melanie Scrofano,

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Supernatural's Kevin Tran Deserved Better in His Season 15 Return

Supernatural kicked off its final season last week with a thrilling premiere that saw unforgettable villains like the ghost of John Wayne Gacy and the Woman in White return. This week's episode, titled "Raising Hell," flipped the script and enlisted a few helping hands for Sam (Jared Padalecki) and

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