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May 04, 2021

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Wandavision actress Elizabeth Olsen has signed on to star in HBO Max's limited series, Love and Death.

David E. Kelley is writing the project and Lesli Linka Glatter is onboard to direct the adaptation of the book, Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs, and a collection of articles from Texas Monthly.

Nicole Kidman and Per Saari are among its producers.

The drama is described in a press release as being about "two church going couples, enjoying small town family life in Texas, until somebody picks up an axe."

"This is a gripping story about the frustrations and desires of two women in a small town that culminates in a terrible act of violence. We are thrilled to be partnering with David, Lesli, Nicole, and Per and incredibly fortunate to have Elizabeth at the center of our story to bring out all the layers of Candy that make this story so unforgettable," Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, said in a statement Monday.

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Noah Wyle leads classic 'Leverage' team in 'Redemption'

IMDB TV released the trailer for its new original series Leverage: Redemption. The follow-up series to Leverage premieres July 9 on the free, ad supported streaming service.

Noah Wyle plays a new character, Harry Wilson. A press release describes Wilson as a corporate lawyer who feels he's defended the wrong people in his career.

Wilson hires the original Leverage team. Gina Bellman, Beth Riesgraf, Christian Kane and Aldis Hodge return in their roles from the original series.

Sophie Devereaux (Bellman) is a con artist. Parker (Riesgraf) is a thief. Spencer (Kane) is the muscle. Alec Hardison (Hodge) is a hacker.

The trailer shows the Leverage team coming out of retirement because the rich and corrupt have gotten away with even more since the team disbanded. The trailer also introduces Hardison's foster sister, Breanna Casey (Aleyse Shannon).

Leverage ran for five seasons from 2008 to 2012 on TNT. Timothy Hutton played an insurance claims investigator who lead the team of specialized criminals to help clients gain leverage over powerful enemies.

Executive producer Dean Devlin returns in the same capacity. Kate Rorick is the new showrunner. Chris Downey and John Rogers created the original TNT series.

IMDB TV will air eight episodes of Leverage: Redemption over the summer, and eight more in the fall.

Watch It Now: Leverage: Redemption - Teaser Trailer

Broadway can reopen starting May 19

All Prod FlashNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that capacity restrictions in New York City will be lifted on May 19, including Broadway theaters.

Restaurants, museums, movie theaters, retail stores and more will also be having their capacity restrictions lifted in New York City on May 19.

Cuomo mentioned that even though Broadway will be allowed to reopen on May 19, it doesn't mean shows will be taking place right away.

"Broadway for example has a schedule. They have to produce a play before they can sell the play, so there is a schedule for them. But from a capacity point of view, they can all reopen on May 19," Cuomo said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio previously said in March that Broadway was aiming to reopen by the fall.

Broadway performances were initially suspended in March 2020 and then canceled for the remainder of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CW's 'Kung Fu' gets second season; 'Stargirl' gets third

The CW announced Monday it has renewed Kung Fu for a second season and DC's Stargirl for a third.Kung Fu premiered April 7. Since then, the CW says over 3.5 million viewers have watched the modern update of the 1970s series and has grown its audience in subsequent weeks.

Stargirl Season 2 will premiere Aug. 10. The CW renewed it for a third in advance.

The DC Comics adaptation premiered May 11, 2020, on the now defunct DCUniverse streaming service and May 18 on The CW. The CW says Stargirl's network premiere was its most watched summer premiere in six years.

Kung Fu stars Olivia Liang as an American who drops out of college and studies Shaolin Kung Fu in China. When she returns home to San Francisco, she uses her martial arts to combat neighborhood criminals.

Liang said at a recent Television Critics Association Zoom panel she hopes the show encourages empathy for Asian Americans.

Kung Fu also stars Tzi Ma, Kheng Hua Tan, Shannon Dang, Tony Chung, Jon Prasida, Gavin Stenhouse, Eddie Liu and Vanessa Kai.

Stargirl stars Brec Bassinger as a high school student who discovers the staff of deceased superhero Starman. She takes up his mantle and assembles a superhero team of her friends.

DC's Stargirl also stars Luke Wilson, Amy Smart, Yvette Monreal, Anjelika Washington, Cameron Gellman, Trae Romano, Hunter Sansone, Meg DeLacy and Nick Tarabay.

Kung Fu airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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'Mayans M.C.' renewed for Season 4

FX announced Monday it has ordered a fourth season of its outlaw biker drama, Mayans M.C.

Led by Elgin James, the show's co-creator and executive producer, the new season is slated to begin in 2022.

"Elgin James, his creative collaborators, this incredible cast and crew delivered on another epic season of Mayans M.C.," Nick Grad, president of original programming at FX Entertainment, said in a statement.

"Through three seasons, Mayans has told stories that resonate well beyond the border where the club thrives and survives, inviting fans inside their world and giving them a seat at the table."

Season 3 of the Sons of Anarchy spinoff will wrap up its 10-episode run on May 11.

The show stars JD Pardo, Clayton Cardenas, Edward James Olmos, Danny Pino, Ray McKinnon, Carla Baratta, Michael Irby, Raoul Max Trujillo, Richard Cabral, Emilio Rivera, Sarah Bolger and Sulem Calderon.