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Lesley Goldberg

Television Editor, West Coast

Epix Will Become MGM+ in Early 2023

Epix is joining ABC Family, IMDb TV and Spike TV in the network name scrap heap. The MGM-backed premium cable network and its streaming counterpart are being rebranded as MGM+. The change, which will become effective in January, better aligns the brand with parent company MGM after the studio acquired full ownership of Epix from […]

Hannah Gadsby Returns to Netflix With Multiple-Title Pact

Hannah Gadsby is back in business with Netflix. The Tasmanian comic, who broke out with stand-up special Nanette, has returned to the streaming giant with a multiple-title deal. The pact includes their third stand-up special for the company as well as a multiple-comic special that will showcase “gender-diverse comedians.” The deal comes nearly a year […]

Cheryl Dolins Replaces Julia Franz as Fox Comedy Topper

Fox’s exec shuffle continues. Mere days after Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier shocked the network with his decision to move to Roku, the broadcast network’s comedy division is getting new leadership. Cheryl Dolins has been named senior vp comedy programming and development at Fox Entertainment, replacing Julia Franz in the role. Franz was at the […]

Peacock’s ‘Queer as Folk’ Canceled After One Season

Peacock’s Queer as Folk reimagining will not return for any more episodes after its first season on the streamer. Creator Stephen Dunn took to social media Friday night to announce the news that the series would not continue. “It’s a rare gift in these times, and in this country, to be able to make a […]

Steve Levitan on Life After ‘Modern Family’ and Why ‘Reboot’ Is TV Therapy

Welcome to the 186th episode of TV’s Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter’s TV podcast. Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) break down the latest TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunners, executives and other guests, and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as […]

‘Abbott Elementary’: 5 Things to Expect in Season 2

School is back in session at ABC with Wednesday return of the Disney-backed broadcaster’s Emmy-winning comedy Abbott Elementary. The comedy starring and co-created by newly minted Emmy winner Quinta Brunson launches its second season Wednesday at 9 p.m. with a supersized season that will expand the show beyond the walls of its central school. Here […]

Peacock Enters Adult Animation With NPR Series From Mike Judge, Greg Daniels

Peacock is venturing into the red-hot adult animation genre. The NBCUniversal-backed streamer is teaming with powerhouses Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-Head) and Greg Daniels (King of the Hill) for a straight-to-series adult animated comedy called In the Know. The project, which the duo first revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about recently launched […]

Drew Goddard Sets Cop Drama at ABC

The fall TV season has just gotten underway this week and ABC is already looking to next season. The Disney-backed broadcast network has handed out a formal pilot order to an untitled drama from The Martian and Daredevil alum Drew Goddard. The project is based on the popular French series Haut Potentiel Intellectuel (HPI) and […]

‘Your Honor’ Changes Showrunners for Season 2

There’s a new showrunner set to preside over season two of Showtime’s Your Honor.   Joey Hartstone, who worked with exec producers Robert and Michelle King on season one of the series and is a veteran of The Good Fight, is taking over as showrunner. Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice) oversaw season one and departed for […]

Chloé Zhao Dives Into TV With Searchlight First-Look Deal

Chloé Zhao is stepping into the TV arena. The Oscar-winning Nomadland writer and director has signed a multiple-year, first-look deal with Searchlight Television. The pact marks a reunion for Zhao with Searchlight, whose film studio distributed the best picture winner starring Frances McDormand. “Chloe is a visionary filmmaker and, since the moment we finished Nomadland, we […]

Julie Plec on Shocking ‘Legacies’ Cancellation and Enrolling in ‘Vampire Academy’

Welcome to the 185th episode of TV’s Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter’s TV podcast. Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) break down the latest TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunners, executives and other guests, and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as […]

Regé-Jean Page, Glen Powell to Star in ‘Butch and Sundance’ TV Series for Amazon From Russo Brothers (Exclusive)

Regé-Jean Page and Glen Powell are headed West. The Bridgerton alum and Top Gun: Maverick grad are poised to star in an untitled reimagining of Butch and Sundance for Amazon. The straight-to-series drama, which landed at Amazon following a competitive situation with both Disney+ and Peacock bidding, will be exec produced by Joe and Anthony […]