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Game of Thrones alum Rose Leslie has joined the cast of The Good Wife spinoff.

CBS announced in a press release Wednesday that the 29-year-old Scottish actress will play Maia Sindell, the goddaughter of Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), on the new series.

The spinoff will take place one year after The Good Wife finale. The show will see Maia, Diane and Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) move to a new firm after "an enormous financial scam" destroys Maia's reputation as an attorney and wipes out Diane's savings.

"We're thrilled to have Rose on board," executive producers Robert and Michelle King said. "We needed a young actress who could hold her own with Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo, and Rose is perfect."

"She's real, she's strong and she can play comedy," the pair lauded. "If we designed an actress from the ground up, we couldn't have done better."

The Good Wife, which starred Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, came to a close in May after seven seasons. CBS confirmed the same month that Baranski would star in a spinoff on its on-demand service, CBS All Access.

"The quality of The Good Wife has always rivaled anything on television and we're excited to tell more stories with some of the brilliant characters Robert and Michelle King created," CBS Television Studios president David Stapf said at the time.

Leslie is known for playing Ygritte on Game of Thrones and Gwen Dawson on Downton Abbey. The Good Wife spinoff will premiere in spring 2017, with Sarah Steele also slated to reprise Marissa Gold.

I guess it's good news for fans of Game of Thrones and The Good Wife. I don't watch either, but good for those of you that do.

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Steve


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Geena Davis says 'Exorcist' television series is not a remake, but honors the movie
Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis says she was thrilled to be offered a lead role in The Exorcist, a television series inspired by what she described as the "scariest movie of all time."

Set in contemporary Chicago, the horror drama is loosely connected to William Peter Blatty's 1971 novel and the 1973 film adaptation that followed. The TV show casts Davis as a successful businesswoman who enlists the help of a Catholic priest when her home and daughters are besieged by demonic forces.

"I saw [the movie] when I was a teenager and had no clue what I was going to see and was absolutely just traumatized forever -- in a good way," the 60-year-old Massachusetts native recently told UPI with a laugh during a round-table interview with reporters at New York Comic Con.

"So, when the script came along and the opportunity came along and it says The Exorcist on it, I'm like, 'Holy crap, this is exciting.' But, also, I was thrilled to see it was not a remake, although it honors that movie and the plot includes hints that it's the same world where that actually did happen... And, so, I love that element of it and I know that fans of the movie are already really loving the show."

For the series to succeed, Davis explained, the characters must be grounded in reality, even though the story they are at the center of is of the supernatural variety.

"That's part of what will make it effective and makes it work and be so scary. Because we have to portray a real family with a real crisis going on," she emphasized. "And the dynamics between us. Who approves of calling in priests and who doesn't. It's a lot to navigate and it's on a really big scale, while, at the same time, it's just this little family that it's happening to."

Co-starring Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Alan Ruck, Brianne Howey and Hannah Kasulka, The Exorcist airs Friday nights on FOX.


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--Serena Williams, on the advice she'd give young women, to The FADER



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Which pop star/spokesperson introduced CoverGirl's first ever male model?


'Fraggle Rock' set to return to HBO
Jim Henson's children's series Fraggle Rock is set to air once again on HBO later this year.

According to USA Today, digitally remastered versions of the original 96 episodes will appear on HBO and its streaming platforms HBO Go and HBO Now.

No official air-date has been set.

Fraggle Rock, which aired from 1983 to 1987, focused on a group of Muppet characters the Fraggles and their neighbors the Doozers and Gorgs as they taught young viewers the importance of caring for the planet among other themes as music from all genres was explored.

The return of Fraggle Rock to its original home comes after the premium cable channel started to dabble in children's programming having put together a deal in August of 2015 to have the next five seasons of Sesame Street air first on HBO before PBS.


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Which pop star/spokesperson introduced CoverGirl's first ever male model?

Katy Perry helped CoverGirl introduce their first ever male model whom she dubbed CoverBoy.

"Just wrapped another great @COVERGIRL shoot. Honored to have the pleasure to announce the very first COVERBOY, James Charles!" the pop star wrote on Instagram Tuesday alongside a photo of Perry standing next to Charles.

According to Billboard, Charles is a 17-year-old high-school senior who got the attention of the makeup brand from his Instagram account which has garnered over 500,000 followers.

CoverGirl and Charles each shared a video in which the teenager formally introduced himself.

"Hey guys, my name is James Charles and I'm a 17-year-old makeup artist! Today I am living out one of my biggest dreams and I'm currently on set for my first-ever TV commercial with CoverGirl. That's right, I am a new CoverGirl," he says in the clip.

Additionally, CoverGirl has shared a shot from their new ad campaign featuring Charles writing, "Meet @JCharlesBeauty: makeup artist, boundary breaker, and the newest COVERGIRL!"

Charles and Perry will be seen together in an upcoming series of print, TV and digital ads for CoverGirl.

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