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E! Renews ‘Botched’ for Season 8 (TV News Roundup)

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Get your scalpels ready, E! has renewed “Botched” for Season 8.

The popular reality show, set to premiere in 2023, follows plastic surgeons Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif as they bring their unparalleled surgical skills — and trademark banter — to the operating room for mind-blowing patient transformations.

Nassif took to social media on Wednesday to announce the renewal, asking “Can I have a drumroll please?”

“Dr. Dubrow and I are bringing another season of ‘Botched’ on E!” Nassif said in a video posted on Twitter. “Gonna have great new patients, incredible surgeries and a lot more bromance with — of course — me, the better looking one out of the two. So we’ll see you soon.”

“Botched” is an Evolution Media production. Alex Baskin, Joe Kingsley, Jen McClure-Metz and Matt Westmore serve as executive producers, alongside Dubrow and Nassif.

Also in today’s TV news:

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Hulu’s “Mike,” an upcoming eight-episode limited series based on hall of fame boxer Mike Tyson, has set an August 25 premiere date for its first two episodes. Following that, two new episodes will stream every week. The show stars “Moonlight” actor Trevante Rhodes in the titular role and explores Tyson’s professional boxing career in tangent with his personal life. Russell Hornsby also stars, with Harvey Keitel, Laura Harrier, Li Eubanks, Olunike Adeliyi and B.J. Minor appearing in guest roles throughout. Steven Rogers, who wrote the script to 2017’s “I, Tonya,” created and executive produced the show alongside Karin Gist, who also serves as showrunner. Watch the full trailer below.

 

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The HBO Max original docureality series “House of Ho” will return to HBO Max for a ten-episode second season on August 25, the streamer announced. The new season will debut with three episodes, followed by three new episodes on September 1. The final four episodes will debuting September 8. The series follows the Ho family, led by patriarch Binh and matriarch Hue. After immigrating to America from Vietnam, Binh and Hue achieved the ultimate American dream, establishing a multi-million dollar real estate and banking empire. Together with their son Washington and his wife Lesley, their daughter Judy and her fiancé Nate Nguyễn as well as Aunt Tina and Cousin Sammy, the family lives under the constant pressure to live up to expectations. Season 2 introduces new cast members including single roommates Bella Ho and Kim Ho. The independent-minded Vanessa Kon and Tammy Gee as well as their respective partners Carlton Kon and Tran Nguyễn will also be joining the new season. “House of Ho” is produced by Wallin Chambers Entertainment in association with Lionsgate Television. Katy Wallin, Stephanie Bloch Chambers, and showrunner Nick Lee executive produce the series.

Hulu’s 10-part docuseries about the Los Angeles Lakers, titled “Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers,” will premiere its first two episodes on August 15 with subsequent new episodes streaming weekly. The show comes from team CEO and controlling owner Jeanie Buss alongside director Antoine Fuqua, who also executive produce. The series will cover the franchise’s rise into one of the most iconic presences in professional sports dating back to 1979 when Dr. Jerry Buss bought the team and spearheaded the team’s “Showtime” era, with access and interviews to the Buss family, players, coaches and front office executives who lived through it all. Haven Entertainment’s Kevin Mann, Michael Mann and Brendan Bragg, Los Angeles Media Fund’s Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman and Lakers senior executive Linda Rambis executive produce as well.

CASTING

The new untitled drama inspired by Edith Wharton’s unfinished final novel “The Buccaneers” has added Josh Dylan, Guy Remmers, Matthew Broome and Barney Fishwick to its cast, Apple TV+ announced. Written by series creator Katherine Jakeways and directed by Susanna White, the story follows a group of fun-loving young American girls as they explode into the tightly corseted London season of the 1870s. Suddenly, the land of the upper lip is infiltrated by a refreshing disregard for centuries of tradition. The new cast members join the previously announced buccaneers Kristine Froseth, Alisha Boe, Josie Totah, Aubri Ibrag, Imogen Waterhouse, Mia Threapleton and Christina Hendricks. Beth Willis, George Faber, Jakeways and White serve as executive producers on the series. Currently in production in Scotland, the untitled series is produced for Apple TV+ by The Forge Entertainment.

RENEWALS

The Alan Tudyk led hit series “Resident Alien” has been renewed for a third season by Syfy. Based on the Dark Horse comics, the series follows a crash-landed alien named Harry (Tudyk) with a secret mission to kill all humans. In Season 2, Harry must confront the consequences of having failed his mission to destroy the human race. The second half of Season 2, which is set to return to the network on August 10 at 10 p.m., picks up immediately after Asta (Sara Tomko) saved Harry’s life. The series also stars Corey Reynolds, Elizabeth Bowen, Levi Fiehler, Meredith Garrettson, Alice Wetterlund and Judah Prehn. From UCP and in association with Amblin TV and Dark Horse Entertainment, “Resident Alien” was adapted to television by executive producer Chris Sheridan. Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg of Dark Horse Entertainment as well as Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Amblin TV executive produce.

GREENLIGHTS

Endemol Shine North America is currently developing a U.S. remake of the international crime drama series “The Truth Will Out,” with “Paradise Lost” director Joe Berlinger set to direct and executive produce the English-language adaptation. Based on an idea by author and criminologist Leif G.W. Persson, the original 2018 show follows Stockholm police detective Peter Wendel and his Cold Case Unit, a group of misfit officers who handle unresolved murder cases. After an unknown killer claims that Sweden’s most notorious serial killer is truly a fraud, Wendel and his unit work together to discover the truth. The U.S. remake of “The Truth Will Out” marks Berlinger’s second collaboration with Sharon Levy, chief content officer of Endemol Shine North America, with the first being the Spike TV miniseries “Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio” the two produced.

EXECUTIVE NEWS

Mattel, Inc. announced that Mike DeLaet has been appointed global head of digital gaming, effective July 25. DeLaet brings more than two decades of gaming expertise to Mattel, who most recently served as senior vice president of strategic partnerships for Scopely. In the new role, DeLaet will be responsible for accelerating Mattel’s digital gaming product offerings across all major gaming platforms, including licensing, self-publishing and web3. He will also oversee Mattel’s joint venture partnership with NetEase called Mattel163.



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Jailed ‘Scrubs’ Writer Eric Weinberg Faces 12 More Sexual Assault Lawsuits

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Twelve more sexual assault lawsuits were filed Friday against jailed “Scrubs” writer and producer Eric Weinberg, who is accused of being a serial rapist.

Weinberg, 62, is also facing 18 criminal charges involving five women. Two women also filed lawsuits against him in November, alleging that he sexually assaulted them on separate occasions in 2019.

The new lawsuits accuse Weinberg of sexually assaulting 13 women from 1998 to 2017. The women ranged in age from 18 to 35 the the time of the assaults, and most of them allege a common pattern. According to the complaints, Weinberg would meet women in a public place, such as a cafe or a grocery store, tell them he was a photographer and invite them to participate in a photo shoot.

Weinberg would have them come to his home, where he would begin taking photos. He would then encourage them to undress, and would sexually assault them, according to the lawsuits. Several of the lawsuits state that the women were in fear of being killed or seriously injured if they refused Weinberg’s commands.

Some of the suits allege that he would take photos of the women during the assaults. Afterward, he would sometimes plead with them not to go to the police. One woman alleged that he threatened to harm her child.

The lawsuits identify the plaintiffs by pseudonymous initials. One of the complaints covers two accusers, who allege that they went together to Weinberg’s house in October 2013, and that he sexually assaulted both of them.

Some of the women allege that he would show them pictures of his kids to put them at ease.

One woman alleges that Weinberg sexually assaulted her when she was working as an actor on the MTV show “Death Valley,” where he was a writer and producer. The suit alleges that Weinberg called her repeatedly in the weeks leading up to the assault and would talk about his penis and sex acts while masturbating.

The suit also alleges that Weinberg cornered her in an isolated part of the set, pinned her against a wall and groped her breast, hip and thigh. She stopped working on the show after that, and refused his invitation to participate in a photo shoot, according to suit.

The woman alleges that Weinberg approached her on the street years later, apparently not recognizing her, and complimented her looks and asked if she was an actress. She told him to leave her alone, and he allegedly became angry and grabbed her wrist and tried to force her into her car. The suit alleges that Weinberg approached her two more times in public places in later years, and that she reported him to the police and had to have security cameras installed at her home.

Another woman alleged that Weinberg met her through OKCupid, and they agreed to get a drink at a bar. The woman alleges that Weinberg drugged her drink, took her to her home, and raped her.

Weinberg was arrested in July and released on $3.225 million bail. He was charged on Oct. 5 and his bail was increased to $5 million. He has pleaded not guilty.

A judge revoked his bail on Oct. 25, after finding that the allegations suggest that Weinberg “cannot stop and will not stop his sexual assaults on women, and therefore he poses a danger to the safety of women.”

At the time, prosecutors said that the LAPD had received more than 70 tips about Weinberg.

He is currently being held at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic.

Weinberg was first arrested in 2014, but prosecutors declined to file charges.

The plaintiffs are all represented by attorneys Micha Star Liberty and Amy Zeman of Oakland. The suits name Weinberg and his company, Guitar and Pen Productions, as defendants.

Weinberg worked on “Scubs” from 2001 to 2006. He also worked on “Veronica’s Closet,” “Californication,” and “Anger Management.”



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Poker Face Art Teams Natasha Lyonne With Columbo

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Natasha Lyonne’s Charlie meets her TV inspiration, Peter Falk’s Columbo, in new fan art celebrating Rian Johnson’s hit show Poker Face.


Poker Face art teams Natasha Lyonne’s human lie detector Charlie with Peter Falk’s classic detective Columbo. Rian Johnson brought back the whodunit movie with his sly and comedic murder mystery films Knives Out and Glass Onion. Now the acclaimed writer-director is doing the same for the classic TV detective show, with his hit Peacock series Poker Face, starring Lyonne as a seemingly average person who possesses the superpower to always know when people are lying.

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In celebration of Johnson’s accomplishment with Poker Face, artist Readful Things has unleashed a new image that brings Lyonne’s Charlie together with her greatest TV inspiration, Lieutenant Columbo.

As can be seen above, Johnson himself took to Twitter to express his appreciation for the art, posting “Holy holy” in response to the image. Currently holding down a 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes while finally giving Peacock a buzzworthy original show, Poker Face is indeed well on its way to re-establishing the detective genre on the small screen as Johnson hoped. But back in the day, Columbo was the state-of-the-art when it came to TV detective stories, thanks in large part to its lead actor Falk.


How Columbo Inspired Poker Face

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Poker Face creator Johnson has spoken extensively about his love of murder mystery writers like Agatha Christie, and how their works – and the films made from their works – inspired his own yarns like Knives Out and the recent sequel Glass Onion. While trying to bring back the classic TV detective story however, Johnson naturally turned to a small screen inspiration in Columbo. But it wasn’t so much the mystery side of Columbo that turned Johnson on. Rather, it was the idea of centering a mystery show on a charismatic lead performer whom the audience wants to root for. As Johnson told Screen Rant recently:

More than that though, the great characters like James Garner as Rockford or Tom Selleck as Magnum Pi or Falk as Columbo—those shows were more hangout shows than anything else. You didn’t really tune in for the mystery. You tuned in to hang out with Falk. And so when I became friends with Natasha and realized she could be that for a show, I got really, really excited. That’s where the whole thing started.

Shows like Columbo of course were mystery-of-the-week stories that did not concern themselves with ongoing arcs. Today however, the emphasis in prestige TV is on serialized stories. But Johnson chose to buck this big current-day trend by making each Poker Face episode self-contained, defying the binge model of TV releasing by encouraging viewers to not devour the entire season in one go. This approach received a lot of pushback from binge-model-fixated TV execs, but as Johnson explained to THR, he finally convinced Peacock to go with his old school storytelling style:

And I just kept coming back and hammering the notion that all the shows that I grew up watching were not about the cliffhanger at the end. They were about wanting to come back to hang out with this character that you love and see them win, and that’s equally addictive. And it’s also something I miss, and I bet a lot of people also miss.

Will Poker Face Get A Season 2

Natasha Lyonne as Charlie smiling in Poker Face Trailer

The widespread positive reception for Poker Face would seem to indicate that audiences and critics do indeed miss the old-fashioned episodic approach to TV as much as Johnson does. But will that translate into Poker Face receiving an order for season 2? Peacock has not yet asked for a second season, but it seems inevitable that the renewal will come. And if Poker Face season 2 does indeed happen, Johnson has already revealed his dream guest star, telling Screen Rant he’d love Jamie Lee Curtis to appear. Hopefully, Johnson will get a chance to unleash more Columbo-inspired mystery TV with Poker Face season 2.

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India’s Raveena Tandon to Headline Disney+ Hotstar Series (EXCLUSIVE)

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Indian actor Raveena Tandon will headline an upcoming series for streamer Disney+ Hotstar.

There are no further details at this stage from Disney+ Hotstar, which exclusively shared an image from the show with Variety.

Tandon said: “I’m extremely elated to be a part of the Disney+ Hotstar family. This show is going to be very special for me as I’ve always liked to challenge and reinvent myself with every character I’ve ever played and this show has given me just that, all I can say is, stay tuned for some fun.”

Gaurav Banerjee, head of content at Disney+ Hotstar, added: “It brings us immense happiness to announce our association with Raveena Tandon. She is and has been a superstar throughout her journey in the Indian Film Industry and together, Disney+ Hotstar and Raveena Tandon will soon bring some magic on the audience screens.”

Tandon, who was a top Bollywood star in the 1990s, is now known for her powerful performances. She headlined 2021 Netflix series “Aranyak” for which she won several awards in India. In 2022, she had a pivotal role in India’s biggest box office hit of the year, “K.G.F: Chapter 2.”

Disney+ Hotstar India has commissioned a slew of successful original series featuring A-list actors. Ajay Devgn starred in “Luther” Indian adaptation “Rudra: The Edge of Darkness,” Sushmita Sen starred in two seasons of “Aarya,” Abhay Deol headlined “1962: The War in the Hills,” R. Sarathkumar and Jagapathy Babu led “Parampara” and Tamannaah Bhatia starred in “November Story.”

“The Night Manager,” the Indian adaptation of the BBC series of the same name, is due in February. It stars Anil Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur.



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