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DC’s live-action Titans series casts Bruno Bichir as The Chief

Deadline is reporting that Bruno Bichir (Absentia, Narcos) has been cast in DC’s live-action Teen Titans series Titans, where he will portray the character of Dr. Niles ‘The Chief’ Caulder.

The character description for The Chief reads: “a pioneer in medical science, searching the world over for those on the edge of death in need of a miracle. Brilliant, but controversial, Dr. Caulder will stop at nothing to help those he believes are in need, including his collection of strange heroes known as The Doom Patrol.”

Bichir joins a cast that includes Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) as Robin, Teagan Croft (The Osiris Child) as Raven, Anna Diop (24: Legacy) as Starfire, Ryan Potter (Big Hero 6) as Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson (Smallville) as Hawk, Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) as Dove, Lindsey Gort (Lucifer) as Detective Amy Rohrbach and Seamus Dever (Castle) in an as-yet-unrevealed role.
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Pilot News: Zach Gilford Joins Bad Boys, Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Sitcom and More

Pilot News: Zach Gilford Joins Bad Boys, Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Sitcom and More
Zach Gilford‘s next role is a far cry from Matt Saracen.

The Friday Night Lights alum has joined NBC’s untitled Bad Boys spinoff, which finds Gabrielle Union reprising her film role as Syd Burnett, who is now an Lapd detective.

Gilford — who also appears on the network’s upcoming drama Good Girls — will play Lapd homicide detective Ben Walker, a smart man with a smarter mouth who comes from money, our sister site Deadline reports. Duane Martin (All of Us) has been tapped as Walker’s competitive partner Ben Baines.

In other pilot casting news, per Deadline:

* Freddie Prinze Jr.
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Zach Gilford & Duane Martin To Co-Star In Gabrielle Union’s ‘Bad Boys’ Offshoot NBC Pilot

Zach Gilford & Duane Martin To Co-Star In Gabrielle Union’s ‘Bad Boys’ Offshoot NBC Pilot
Zach Gilford and Duane Martin have landed co-starring role opposite Gabrielle Union in NBC’s untitled Bad Boys spinoff drama pilot. This marks Gilford’s return to the network where he got his break on Friday Night Lights,. The project, from Bad Boys movies' producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Doug Belgrad, Primary Wave Entertainment and Sony Pictures TV, centers on the Special Agent Syd Burnett character played by Union in 2003's Bad Boys II. In the pilot, written by Brandon…
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Taylor Kitsch on Learning From ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘Humanizing’ David Koresh in ‘Waco’

Taylor Kitsch on Learning From ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘Humanizing’ David Koresh in ‘Waco’
Taylor Kitsch rose to fame on NBC’s football drama “Friday Night Lights” but since hanging up his jersey, he has taken care to diversify the roles he has played so he wouldn’t be typecast. From soldier Michael Murphy in “Lone Survivor” to firefighter Christopher MacKenzie in “Only the Brave” and now to leader of the Branch Davidians, David Koresh, in Paramount Network’s “Waco,” Kitsch has become the go-to guy for playing real larger than life personalities. “I always want to do something different,” he says.

You’ve been able to move back and forth pretty effortlessly between film and TV. Is there something you like more about one than the other?

It depends on the material, but I think you’re a bit more spoiled in television. To use “Waco” or “True Detective” as examples, you have six or seven episodes to show more colors and to dive deeper and to have a crazier
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Today in Soap Opera History (February 5)

1968: Dark Shadows' Natalie was upset to see Josette's ring.

1976: Ryan's Hope's Faith failed to escape.

1996: Guiding Light's Lucy and Alan-Michael were trapped.

2003: Bree Williamson debuted as Jessica on One Life to Live."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1940: Frank and Anne Hummert's radio soap opera Amanda of Honeymoon Hill premiered on the Blue Network.
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Super Bowl celebration: Top 12 greatest football films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Friday Night Lights, ‘Jerry Maguire,’ Rudy’

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The Super Bowl closes out an exciting season of NFL football this Sunday with a strong match-up between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. So for fans to bide their time in the many months before another kick-off, it’s time to turn your attentions to the greatest football films of all time. There are all kinds of football-based films out there to enjoy — from dramas to comedies, and even an award-winning documentary — and we’ve collected the top 12 here in our photo gallery, ranked from worst to best.

In paring down the list, we had to answer the question: “Just what is a football movie?” We didn’t include “The Blind Side,” for example, because though its central character plays football, the film is primarily about many other things. And while Act 3 of Robert Altman‘s “M*A*S*H” is made up of what is arguably the
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First trailer for Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Station 19

Ahead of its season premiere next month, ABC has revealed the first trailer for its Grey’s Anatomy spinoff series Station 19; check it out here…

Station 19, the latest series from the executive producers of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” follows a group of heroic firefighters at Seattle Fire Station 19 – from captain to newest recruit – as they risk their lives and hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock. These brave men and women are like family, literally and figuratively, and together they put their own lives in jeopardy as first responders to save the lives of others.

In Seattle, all firefighters are also trained EMTs and the crew at Station 19 is second to none. Working in 24-hour shifts, these professionals spend so much time together that they build relationships unlike any others.”

The ten-episode drama sees Grey’s Anatomy star Jason George (Dr.
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Station 19: Watch the Extended Trailer for ABC's Grey's Anatomy Spinoff

ABC cranked up the heat Thursday night, debuting the full-length trailer for its forthcoming Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Station 19.

The extended promo offered the first extended glimpse of the firefighter-themed offshoot, which finds Grey’s vet Jason George starring alongside Jaina Lee Ortiz (Rosewood), Danielle Savre (Too Close To Home), Okieriete Onaodowan (Broadway’s Hamilton) and Barrett Doss (Marvel’s Iron Fist), Grey Damon (Friday Night Lights), Alberto Frezza (Dead of Summer) and Miguel Sandoval (Medium).

RELATEDGrey’s Vet Katherine Heigl Sets TV Comeback

As previously reported, the drama’s 10-episode first season will launch with a two-hour premiere on Thursday,
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Why Taylor Kitsch Almost Dropped Out of David Koresh Drama 'Waco'

Why Taylor Kitsch Almost Dropped Out of David Koresh Drama 'Waco'
Taylor Kitsch nearly reached a breaking point while prepping for his lead role in new TV miniseries Waco, about the events that led to a now-infamous standoff between cult leader David Koresh and the FBI back in 1993.

"I almost pulled out a month and a half [before the filming began]," he told Rolling Stone during a recent visit to our New York City offices. "I think I was in too deep. You spend eight hours a day in this 1,000-square-foot apartment in Austin playing guitar and reading about this tragedy every single day. It
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Grey’s Anatomy firefighter spinoff titled Station 19

ABC has announced that its upcoming Grey’s Anatomy spinoff based around a team of Seattle firefighters is going by the title of Station 19.

The series, which has been penned by Grey’s Anatomy co-showrunner Stacy McKee, who executive produces with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, is centred around a Seattle firehouse and follows the brave men and women who risk their lives and their hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock.

The ten-episode drama sees Grey’s Anatomy star Jason George (Dr. Ben Warren) starring alongside Jaina Lee Ortiz (Rosewood), Danielle Savre (Too Close To Home), Okieriete Onaodowan (Hamilton), Barrett Doss (Iron Fist), Grey Damon (Friday Night Lights), Alberto Frezza (Dead of Summer) and Miguel Sandoval (Medium).

Station 19 is the second spinoff to Grey’s Anatomy after Private Practice, and is set to get underway with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, March 22nd.

The
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‘Magnum Pi,’ ‘Cagney and Lacey’ Reboots Among Six Pilot Orders at CBS

‘Magnum Pi,’ ‘Cagney and Lacey’ Reboots Among Six Pilot Orders at CBS
CBS picked up six pilots for the 2018-2019 season, including reboots of “Cagney and Lacey” and “Magnum P.I.”

“Magnum P.I.” is described as an updated version of the original series that follows Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy Seal who, upon returning home to Hawaii from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. Tom Selleck played the mustachioed Magnum in the original series.

Peter Lenkov, the writer and producer behind current CBS reboots of “Hawaii Five-o” and “MacGyver,” will serve as the writer and executive producer on the new version of the classic 1980s series, which had previously gotten a pilot production commitment at the network. Eric Guggenheim, an executive producer and writer on Lenkov’s “Hawaii Five-o,” will also write and executive produce. John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment will also executive produce. CBS Television Studios will co-produce with Universal Television.

The original “Magnum P.I.” aired
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'Cagney and Lacey,' 'Magnum P.I.' Reboots Among 6 CBS Pilot Orders

CBS has reboot fever.

The network, which gave a straight-to-series order this week to a Murphy Brown revival, has picked up six pilots — including reboots of Cagney and Lacey and Magnum P.I.

On the drama side, ordered to pilot are Chiefs, a female-driven procedural from CSI grad Carol Mendelsohn; Cagney and Lacey, from Bridget Carpenter (11.22.63, Westworld, Friday Night Lights); and Peter Lenkov's (Hawaii Five-0, Macgyver) take on Magnum P.I. On the comedy front, CBS ordered three multicams: Fam, Here Comes the Neighborhood and Indian family comedy Pandas in New York. (Two of the half-hours are produced by...
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Taylor Kitsch Weighs in on How #MeToo Is Changing the Industry: 'It's Very Empowering to See'

Taylor Kitsch Weighs in on How #MeToo Is Changing the Industry: 'It's Very Empowering to See'
Taylor Kitsch is standing by the millions of women who have shared their stories of abuse under the popular hashtag #MeToo.

In an interview with People Now that aired Friday, the 36-year-old actor opened up about how their stories are changing Hollywood.

“I think it’s amazing,” he said. “Just that they’re being heard and there’s a voice now. And it’s very empowering to see it and I think it’s a great thing to have. To talk about and be able to talk about it and not suffer or fear you’re going to be penalized if you do.
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Jesse Williams and Minka Kelly Split Amid Grey's Anatomy Actor's Divorce Battle

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Jesse Williams and Minka Kelly Split Amid Grey's Anatomy Actor's Divorce Battle
Jesse Williams and Minka Kelly have split.

After months of dating, the Grey’s Anatomy actor and Friday Night Lights alum have called it quits, multiple sources confirm to People.

Williams, 36, and Kelly, 37, began dating last summer after reportedly meeting while working on a video game, and People confirmed their pairing in July, just three months after Williams separated from his wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, with whom he shares two children: daughter Sadie, 3, and son Maceo, 2.

Kelly denied allegations of infideity in October.

“I hope the cheating rumors aren’t true. It would be disappointing,” an Instagram follower wrote in a
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Grey's Anatomy Firefighter Spinoff Finally Has a Title — Yea or Nay?

Hot off the presses — ABC’s firefighter-themed Grey’s Anatomy spinoff at long last has a name.

The network on Thursday announced that the Seattle-based offshoot — which is scheduled to premiere in March — will be titled Station 19.

Earlier this month, ABC boss Channing Dungey told TVLine that a decision/announcement about the show’s title was imminent. She went on to rule out Seattle Fire as an option due to the existence of NBC’s Chicago Fire.

RELATEDGrey’s Anatomy‘s Ellen Pompeo Reveals Real Reason Behind Martin Henderson’s Exit

In a TVLine poll conducted on Wednesday, readers
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The True Story of David Koresh and the Branch Davidians Will Disturb and Anger You

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Image Source: AP Photo / Waco Tribune Herald The new six-part series Waco, based on the true story of religious cult leader David Koresh and the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, TX, premieres this week. The show, which stars Friday Night Lights's Taylor Kitsch as Koresh, has sparked a renewed interest in the infamous cult leader and the tragic events that occurred for a month and a half in early 1993. Koresh was also portrayed by Evan Peters in an episode of American Horror Story: Cult. RelatedCharles Manson Is Dead at 83 - Here Are 9 Chilling Facts About the Infamous Cult Leader The Branch Davidians are a religious group that actually originated in the 1950s, but their movement made headlines in 1993 when then-leader David Koresh entered into a standoff with the Us government that ended in the deaths of nearly 80 cult members, including himself. Koresh (real name Vernon Howell) was a 33-year-old
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How Taylor Kitsch Completely Transformed Himself to Play Waco's David Koresh

How Taylor Kitsch Completely Transformed Himself to Play Waco's David Koresh
So long, Tim Riggins. Hello, David Koresh. Taylor Kitsch fans might be surprised by what they see when they tune into the premiere of Waco, Paramount Network's new miniseries, as the Friday Night Lights star takes on the role of David Koresh, the infamous leader of the Branch Dravidian movement. For the six-part series, which debuts tonight, Kitsch completely transformed himself to play Koresh, who died during the 1993 stand-off between his followers and the FBI at his compound in Waco, Texas (81 members of his movement also died). "He's obviously an incredibly complex guy and very enigmatic and charismatic and manipulative and everything else under the sun," Kitsch told E! News of...
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Who Is Oscar Best Song Nominee Sufjan Stevens, Beloved by Indie-Rock Fans and Music Supervisors?

Who Is Oscar Best Song Nominee Sufjan Stevens, Beloved by Indie-Rock Fans and Music Supervisors?
Sufjan Stevens is a household name… if you happen to live in an indie-rock household. Among the broader pool of Oscar-watching or -voting homes, there may be a bigger Sufjan-ian learning curve. (For starters: his name is pronounced soof-yon.) The singer/songwriter who just snagged a nomination for “Mystery of Love,” one of his contributions to the “Call Me By Your Name” soundtrack, doesn’t easily lend himself to any nutshell treatment, as any novice who’s come away confused from Stevens’ sprawling Wikipedia page can attest.

He hasn’t been a mystery to music supervisors, anyway. The two songs he contributed to “Call Me By Your Name” represent his first original compositions for a nonfiction feature film, but most TV viewers, at least, have probably happened across his music before. His song “Death With Dignity” was featured in the pilot episode of “This is Us” and recurred toward the end of the season. Going back a
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TV Review: Taylor Kitsch in ‘Waco’ on Paramount Network

TV Review: Taylor Kitsch in ‘Waco’ on Paramount Network
The boom in scripted television has produced an almost insatiable demand for re-examinations of America’s recent past, and the bloody Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Texas, is a natural fit for this trend. “Waco,” a limited series that tells the story of what happened to David Koresh and his followers 25 years ago, painstakingly lays out the progression of the tragic saga, but it’s hard to escape the conclusion that the drama’s excellent cast is under-utilized throughout.

As the first scripted offering on the new Paramount Network (which replaces Spike TV), “Waco” is a bit more plodding than a drama about an apocalyptic cult should be. Not that sensationalizing the Koresh saga would have been the right move (and there was more than enough misinformation and untrustworthy PR spin about the group at the time). But the Paramount drama doesn’t do enough to flesh out the key motivations that turned the story into an
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Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Jan. 22, 2018

Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “Waco” debuts on the newly-launched Paramount Network and “One Day at a Time” returns for its second season on Netflix.

“Mosaic,” HBO, Monday, 8 p.m.

This six-part limited series from Steven Soderbergh explores the psychological underpinnings of love and murder in a small town. Sharon Stone stars, along with an ensemble cast that includes Garrett Hedlund, Frederick Weller, Jennifer Ferrin, Beau Bridges, Paul Reubens, Devin Ratray, and James Ransone.

“Let’s Get Physical,” Pop, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.

This new 1980s set comedy revolves around middle-aged slacker Joe Force (Matt Jones), who makes a reluctant comeback in the fitness industry after his dad, the “Godfather of Aerobics,” unexpectedly passes
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