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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe that any network has renewed a scripted television show for multiple seasons before the premiere season has ended.

Which brings me to a very interesting story...NBC says it has ordered two more, 18-episode seasons of its freshman family drama This is Us.

"We all got our wish that this is a hit show," Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement Wednesday.

"This is Us is as good as anything we've ever had, we're thrilled to renew it for two seasons and there's no doubt it will have a long life on NBC. On behalf of everyone at NBC, we're grateful for the artistry of the cast, crew, and producers assembled by our gifted creator, Dan Fogelman. In a world where there are literally hundreds of television dramas, we're proud to have one of the very best that is also one of the highest-rated."

The show stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan and Ron Cephas Jones.

That's remarkable. It must be a very good show to get that kind of confidence from the network.

Be Well,
Steve


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'NCIS: Los Angeles' star Miguel Ferrer dies at 61; George Clooney, Todd Fisher react
NCIS: Los Angeles actor Miguel Ferrer -- son of Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney, and cousin of George Clooney -- has died of throat cancer. He was 61.

"Today, NCIS: Los Angeles lost a beloved family member," showrunner R. Scott Gemmill said in a statement Thursday. "Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart. Our thoughts go out to his wife Lori, his sons, and his entire family. He will be greatly missed."

"Today, history will mark giant changes in our world, and lost to most will be that on the same day Miguel Ferrer lost his battle to throat cancer," George Clooney said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "But not lost to his family. Miguel made the world brighter and funnier and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day, [monumental events,] pale in comparison. We love you, Miguel. We always will."

"My oldest friend Miguel @Miguel_J_Ferrer just passed. I tell you the last 30 days have been, beyond insane. He was loved. RIP," Todd Fisher, whose mother Debbie Reynolds and sister Carrie Fisher died in late December, tweeted Thursday.

Fisher also posted photos of the men together through the years on Facebook.

"Miguel, I am going to miss you, you will always be my best man and best old friend, say hi to my mother and Carrie for me, will you," read Fisher's post.

Ferrer's credits include the 1987 film Robocop, as well as the TV shows Crossing Jordan and Twin Peaks.

Last year he said he was excited to be included in the forthcoming Twin Peaks sequel series.

"Happy they released the large and impressive Twin Peaks cast list. So honored and proud to be a part of it," Ferrer tweeted in April.


Dwayne Johnson to star in solo Black Adam film
Dwayne Johnson has been granted a solo film as DC Comics villain Black Adam as part of Warner Bros.' DC extended universe.

The film is being developed at the studio's New Line division alongside Shazam! which Johnson signed on to star in as Black Adam in 2014, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Similar to Shazam!, the Black Adam solo film has no writer, director or other stars yet attached with no set release date.

Shazam! is slated to arrive in theaters April 5, 2019.

Johnson revealed on Instagram recently that he had a "strategic meeting with the heads of DC about their entire universe."

"As a hard core DC fan, to get a real sense of the tonal shifts and developments in these future movies has me fired up. Something we, as DC fans have all been waiting for for a very long time. Hope, optimism & FUN," he continued.

Famed comic book writer and DC Entertainment head Geoff Johns commented on the meeting with Johnson noting on Twitter, "One of my favorite meetings ever..."

Created in 1945 as the nemesis of Justice League member Captain Marvel, the powerful Black Adam gains the powers of Egyptian gods when he shouts the magical word "Shazam!" Although mostly seen as a villain, the character has more recently been portrayed in the comics as more of an antihero.

"I have loved the role of Black Adam. I love that he starts off as a slave, that he felt like he was wronged," Johnson previously noted when discussing why he wants to portray the character.

"I have just loved that backstory. I think that Black Adam has always been, to me, the most intriguing superhero," he continued.


LOOSE LIPS:
"Oh man, I mean the high waisted jeans, the cowboy boots and the tent dresses I used to wear? I don't know what I was thinking."
--Lori Laughlin, on her Full House style, to Good Housekeeping



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Which English actor will voice the Poop Emoji in 'The Emoji Movie'?


John Legend, Metallica and Carrie Underwood to perform at the Grammys
John Legend, Metallica, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are to perform at the 59th annual Grammy Awards show honoring excellence in music.

Additional performers will be announced shortly, organizers said.

The ceremony will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS on Feb. 12.

James Corden is hosting the gala.


Steve Carell trolls 'The Office' fans with joke revival tweet
Steve Carell trolled The Office fans Wednesday by joking about the show's revival.

The 54-year-old actor pranked his 4.98 million followers on Twitter following news that fellow NBC series Will & Grace will return to television for 10 new episodes.

"Breaking News: 'The Office' returning to NBC," he wrote. The tweet received over 179,000 likes before the star dashed hopes by saying, "Wait, sorry. I meant 'Will and Grace' (Typo)."

Carell, who played Michael Scott on The Office, followed up Thursday by blaming the post on Toby Flenderson. Series writer, director and showrunner Paul Lieberstein played Toby during the show's nine-season run.

"My account was hacked by Toby Flenderson," the actor wrote.

The Office, which co-starred Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and B.J. Novak, aired from 2005 to 2013. Novak, who portrayed Ryan Howard, responded to Carell's tweet on Wednesday's episode of Watch What Happens Live.

"No," he said when asked if there's talk of the show coming back. "That was a very Michael Scott move of him, I think."

Carell will instead star in Battle of the Sexes with Emma Stone and Last Flag Flying with Bryan Cranston. He will also reprise the voice of Gru in the animated movie Despicable Me 3.


??? Guess Who ???

Which English actor will voice the Poop Emoji in 'The Emoji Movie'?

Patrick Stewart is headed for The Emoji Movie!

The 76-year-old Star Trek and X-Men icon will voice the Poop Emoji in the new animated film, Sony Pictures confirmed on its official Twitter page Wednesday.

"So excited to announce the distinguished @SirPatStew as Poop in the #EmojiMovie - in theaters August 4th! #SonyAnimationDay," the company wrote.

Sony Pictures Animation had announced the news at an upcoming features presentation the same day, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Other new voices include Jennifer Coolidge as Mary Meh and Maya Rudolph as Smiler, a smiley emoji.

The Emoji Movie will star T.J. Miller as Gene, an emoji capable of multiple expressions, with Ilana Glazer as Jailbreak, a codebreaker emoji, James Corden as Hi-Five, a hand emoji, and Steven Wright as Mel Meh, Gene's dad. Tony Leondis will direct.

"Emoji are expected to be one thing their whole lives. So I thought, what if one was born with not one, but lots of expressions ... and how would that affect the status quo?" Leondis said at the presentation. "Everyone has felt different -- it's everyone's story."

The Emoji Movie opens in theaters Aug. 4. Stewart will also star in Wilde Wedding with Glenn Close and John Malkovich, and reprise Professor X, in the Wolverine movie Logan starring Hugh Jackman.

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