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Wheel Of Time Season 3 Renewed At Prime Video

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At their Comic-Con panel, Prime Video announces that they have renewed the fantasy series Wheel of Time for season 3, ahead of the season 2 premiere.

Prime Video has announced that they will be renewing their hit fantasy series The Wheel of Time for season 3. The Wheel of Time is based on the series of fantasy novels of the same name by prolific author Robert Jordan. The first novel, which was adapted into season 1 of the series, follows Moiraine, a member of a group of women imbued with magical power known as the Aes Sedai. She has gathered a group of people, believing that one of them is the Dragon Reborn, a mythical figure whose reincarnated form is destined to either destroy the world or rescue it from ruin. The series stars Rosamund Pike as Moiraine alongside Madeleine Madden, Josha Stradowski, Marcus Rutherford, Zoë Robins, Barney Harris, and Daniel Henney.

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Season 1 of the series premiered on Prime Video on November 19, 2021, with its first three episodes. In that first week, it proved to be the most-watched series premiere on the streaming platform in 2021, as well as hitting #1 on Nielsen’s overall streaming ratings. Prime Video could clearly sense that this unmitigated success was on the horizon because, before the season even premiered, they had renewed The Wheel of Time for season 2.

Today at Comic-Con San Diego 2022, Prime Video held a panel for their animated digital series The Wheel of Time: Origins. However, they had a huge surprise in store for fans of the live-action branch of the series. Not only did they share a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel showing how production is coming along on season 2, they announced that the show is officially being renewed for season 3. This will mark the second time that the show was renewed before the previous season even premiered.


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Plot details for season 3 are obviously not being discussed at the moment, considering the fact that season 2 hasn’t even aired yet. However, the show’s executive producer and showrunner Rafe Judkins let it slip that the season will be adapting material from the Wheel of Time novel The Shadow Rising, which was published in 1992 and follows the events that take place after the Dragon Reborn claims the crystal sword Callandor. That book is the fourth in the series, so it’s possible that book 3, The Dragon Reborn, will be wholly or partially adapted over the course of season 2.

At this time it is unknown what the production schedule will look like for season 3. However, considering the fact that production concluded on The Wheel of Time season 2 in February of this year, it’s probable that they will begin shooting the new season by this fall. That will keep the series on track for releasing episodes yearly, despite the fact that it’s a massive and expensive production.

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Robyn Griggs, Soap Opera Star in ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘Another World,’ Dead at 49

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Soap opera star Robyn Griggs, best known for her roles in One Life to Live and Another World, has died at 49 years old, according to a post on the actress’ Facebook page. 

“With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing,” the post began. “However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories.” 

Going on to pay tribute to Griggs’ passion, the post continued, “I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so.”

The soap star had previously been open about her diagnosis with cervical cancer in 2020, last month she shared that she had four new tumors. On August 11, Griggs’ father announced via Facebook that she was entering hospice care. The post explained, “She has fought with determination, strength, and grace that is nothing short of inspirational.”

In April 1991, Griggs took on the role of Stephanie Hobart in One Life to Live, she was featured on the famed TV series for six episodes. The actress then landed the role of Maggie Cory in Another World, in which she starred in for two years. 

In addition to her soap opera career, Griggs appeared in Severe Injuries (2003), Dead Clowns (2004), The Absence of Light (2006) and Hellweek (2010).

 



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Julia Garner’s Dual ‘Ozark’ and ‘Inventing Anna’ Nominations Solidify Her Status as ‘Emmy Catnip’

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When it comes to turning Emmy nominations into Emmy wins, Julia Garner is so far batting a thousand. The actor was nominated in 2019 and 2020 in the supporting actress in a drama series category for “Ozark” — and she won both times.

Now, Garner has doubled her Emmy nominations tally to four, picking up another supporting actress nod for the final season of “Ozark” and also landing one for her “Inventing Anna” role, as lead actress in a limited or anthology series or movie.

Given her “Ozark” success, that nomination wasn’t a shock. But the success of “Inventing Anna” at the Emmys — including in the key limited or anthology series category — was a bit of a surprise, especially given the expectation that another Netflix series, “Maid,” would make the cut.

Yet in hindsight, it shouldn’t have been a surprise at all. By now it’s clear that Julia Garner should be added to the list of awards catnip — the roster of stars that continue to amaze on screen, and whose work has not gone unnoticed by industry voters. Think of other awards favorites like Olivia Colman or Sarah Paulson (who returns to the Emmy table this year with “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” her eighth nomination).

Garner has clearly impressed over the years on “Ozark” as Ruth Langmore, but has also shown her range in recent years via “Waco,” “The Americans,” “Dirty John” and now, “Inventing Anna.”

In playing socialite huckster Anna Delvey, Garner had to perfect a bizarre, one-of-a-kind accent while playing a character whose demeanor is more or less bored psychopath. Shondaland’s Betsy Beers told me why they felt so fortunate to land Garner for the role.

“She is perfect because she can do anything and is just an astoundingly talented actress,” Beers says. “She, like Anna, is a chameleon, and has the uncanny ability to truly become the character she is playing. She dug into the research, and watching her become Anna was a joy to behold. And perfecting that accent was no easy task!”

In a year boasting some of the best performers and performances in recent memories, nearly every Emmy category is super-competitive. And that especially goes for Garner’s fields; In supporting drama actress, she’s up against an overdue nod for Rhea Seehorn (“Better Call Saul”), two stars from the hottest show on TV (“Severance’s” Sarah Snook and J. Smith-Cameron), a nominee looking to make history (“Squid Game” star Jung Ho-yeon), another double nominee in Sydney Sweeney (“Euphoria”) and two icons: Christina Ricci (“Yellowjackets”) and Patricia Arquette (“Severance”).

The lead actress in a limited series field is also stacked, with Paulson, Toni Collette (“The Staircase”), Lily James (“Pam & Tommy”), Margaret Qualley (“Maid”) and Amanda Seyfried (“The Dropout”).

But never count the awards catnip out. Garner is next set to star as Madonna in a biopic on the legendary performer, and also is busy getting into the production game — signing a deal with Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements’ Tomorrow Studios. When we broke news of Garner’s next project, the international jewel heist mystery “Balabusta,” without knowing much more about it, I just know I need to see it.

Adelstein told me how the Garner deal is “probably one of the best we’ve ever made.” Added Clements: “She is so bright, so prolific… oh my goodness, that woman is going to be an Oscar winner.”



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Marvel Makes Fake Tinder Profile for She-Hulk

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To promote the upcoming series She-Hulk, Marvel creates a faux Tinder profile for Jennifer Walters, highlighting the charcater’s romantic journey.

As part of their promotion for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Marvel has created a faux Tinder profile for the show’s lead character Jennifer Walters. She-Hulk is the next project to be released in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, streaming exclusively on Disney+ beginning August 17. Starring Tatiana Maslany as the title character, the show will also feature the return of several familiar MCU faces like Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Tim Roth as Abomination, Charlie Cox as Daredevil, and Benedict Wong as Wong alongside an ensemble cast of new characters played by Ginger Gonzaga, Josh Segarra, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Anais Almonte, and The Good Place alum Jameela Jamil.

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She-Hulk will take a look at an often ignored corner of the Marvel universe: the lawyers who clean up after superheroes. One such lawyer is Jennifer Walters, who gains her own set of powers from her cousin Bruce Banner. The show will follow her as she attempts to balance her career of defending superpowered individuals in court, her search for a romantic partner, and her eventual rivalry with Jamil’s social media influencer villain Titania. Walters’ romantic travails might not be the primary focus of the series, but they do wind up front and center in the advertisements, particularly a scene where she Hulks out and carries a man around her apartment.


As originally reported by CBR.com, the She-Hulk publicity team clearly had Jennifer Walters’ love life on the mind when crafting their latest promotional material. They have crafted a faux Tinder profile that has been shuffled onto the ap. Although it does say “ad” in the lower right corner of her profile picture, it is a pretty convincing replica of what her profile might look like until one looks at the caption, which is an advertisement for the series that closes with “Find out who she DOES match with in She-Hulk… (seriously – she goes on dates!).” Check out screenshots from the fake profile, shared on Twitter by user jozopath, below:


This is the latest in-universe ad for the series in a particularly creative campaign that has also included bus ads that mimic real-life ads for attorneys. It’s clear that Marvel is using this particular promotional strategy to appeal to people who may be more interested in romantic television series than the action-packed superhero mayhem the franchise is known for. However, the ad does leave fans with the implication that Walters may end up with a love interest that rises above the heap over the course of the 12-episode season.

It’s possible that this could be Bass’ character Todd, who according to his character description has recently taken the plunge into online dating. However, there will likely be plenty of twists and turns before Walters gets to that point, including a potential entanglement with Segarra’s character Pug Pugliese, who is part of her legal team. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is a Marvel series, after all, so it is likely that nothing is as it initially seems.


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