In Brief: Netflix renews 'The Night Agent'; Fan faves return for 'Deadpool 3', and more

A week after debuting at #1 on Netflix’s English TV list with more than 168 million hours watched, the streamer has renewed The Night Agent for a second season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series, based on a novel by Matthew Quirk, follows an FBI agent -- played by Gabriel Basso -- thrown into a vast conspiracy about a mole at the highest levels of the United States government. The second season will arrive in 2024 and consist of another 10 episodes...

Comedy Central dropped the first official teaser for season 3 of Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens on Wednesday. Additionally, Variety reports guest stars for the upcoming season include Michael Bolton, Ronny Chieng, Janeane Garofalo, Gina Gershon, Judy Gold, Ken Jeong and Frankie Muniz. Awkwafina stars as the titular character, Nora Lin, who leans on her dad, grandmother and cousin --played respectively by BD Wong, Lori Tan Chinn and Bowen Yang -- as she "navigates life and young adulthood in outer borough-NYC." The third season of Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens debuts on April 26... (Trailer contains censored and uncensored profanity.)

Deadline reports that Karan Soni and Leslie Uggams have joined the cast of the third Deadpool movie, reprising their roles as Dopinder and Blind Al from the first two Marvel films. They join Ryan Reynolds as the titular wise-cracking superhero, along with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and franchise newcomers Emma Corrin and Matthew Macfadyen. Deadpool 3, both DP and Wolverine's first official foray into the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe, hits theaters on November 8, 2024. Disney is the parent company of ABC News...

FX is working on a spinoff of the hit drama series Snowfall, potentially starring Gail Bean reprising her Wanda character from the original series, sources tell Deadline. The spinoff is reportedly a continuation of the original story "set in 1990s Los Angeles as South Central transitions out of the crack era into the gangster rap business, with areas heavily infested by gangs led by the Bloods and Crips." Wanda would serve as the link between the original show and the spinoff, which is expected to introduce other main characters, according to the insiders...

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'Prom Pact' isn't your typical teen movie, but it is a love letter to the '80s

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The stars of Prom Pactnow available on streaming, say it's not your typical teen movie. 

"Everyone is so multidimensional and no one fits into the cookie cutter mold of some high school trope," says Peyton Elizabeth Lee, who stars as Mandy.

She told ABC Audio the movie "really brings out this idea that we're all much more similar than is often portrayed and more than we often like to believe."

Like teen movies, the film features over-the-top promposals and the stresses of getting into college — but it doesn't end with the two main characters becoming boyfriend and girlfriend.

Milo Manheim stars as Ben and apologizes in advance to fans who might be upset by this.

"That's not what this movie's intention was," he said, adding he appreciates Ben and Mandy staying best friends because "many of my best friends are girls."

"A friendship between a boy and a girl is just as meaningful as a girl and a girl or a boy with a boy," he said.

Director Anya Adams also said keeping Ben and Mandy's relationship platonic gave them "a chance to have their own real true storyline ... and [have] a lovely journey."

Adams also described Prom Pact as a love letter to the '80s movies she watched growing up, such as The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles.

"I always wanted to be able to be part of making something like that for a generation," she said, adding it was fun making those "nostalgic nods" without "[falling] into the usual tropes that you see in a rom-com."

"It was really exciting to be able to bring something that had that same feel and same development of character without hitting those notes," she added.

Prom Pact is now streaming on Disney+.  

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Gabrielle Union two-part special, 'My Journey to 50,' to hit BET+


Gabrielle Union has a new docuseries special hitting BET titled, My Journey to 50. 

The project is a two-part series will follow the Being Mary Jane alum as she, her husband Dwayne Wade, family and friends, explore Africa from Zanzibar to Ghana to South Africa and more as they celebrate her milestone birthday, per Variety

“I’ve always had a lifelong thirst for knowledge. Connecting with the birthplace of civilization and my own ancestry helped me inch closer to my true self,” the actress said in a statement. “There was no other place I wanted to spend my 50th birthday. It was an experience I’ll never forget and I’m excited for audiences to join me on the journey.”

The project is the first from Union as part of the overall deal she signed with BET Studios via her I’ll Have Another production company. She will executive produce the special alongside Jessie Collins and Dionne Harmon of Jessie Collins Entertainment, in addition to, Madison MerrittElaine MetaxasSergio Alfaro, Tiffany MillsKian Gass, and Erin Beaurem.

My Journey to 50 will be released June 15 on BET+. 

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CBS renews 'Blue Bloods' for season 14 for less green

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On Wednesday, CBS touted the 14th season renewal of its acclaimed cop drama Blue Bloods, which will keep the show on the air through the 2023-24 season.

Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment, said the show "dominated Friday nights since its premiere and remained an important anchor" for the network.

In the announcement, she also noted, "Led by the outstanding Tom Selleck and an incredible cast and creative team, viewers continue to embrace the Reagans, their law enforcement family and the series’ dramatic storytelling. We can't wait to pull a chair up to the Reagan family dinner table for another fantastic season."

Behind the scenes, however, there reportedly was some family drama when it comes to money, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

As with any show that's run as long as Blue Bloods, things get pricey. However, the trade says the producers and cast, including Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes and Len Cariou, agreed to a 25% pay cut to keep the show walking the beat on the network.

The show is Friday's #1 primetime program. With 9.54 million viewers just watching terrestrial TV, it's the #3-rated drama on television.

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"I was knocked out": Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick reflect on falling in love more than 35 years ago

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Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick are reflecting on their decadeslong love story.

The two actors met on the set of the movie Lemon Sky in 1987 (it aired on PBS the following year), and the rest, as they say, was history.

"I was knocked out," Bacon, 64, told People of seeing future wife Sedgwick, 57, for the first time. "I thought she was amazing."

Sedgwick, who hadn't seen Bacon in the now-iconic film Footloose at the time, said her first impression of him was, "He thinks he's really cool."

The pair eventually went on their first date, and Sedgwick said the morning after she realized Bacon was the one for her.

"I remember waking up and going, 'I feel like home,'" she said. "I realized, 'Oh, that was him.'"

Bacon and Sedgwick married in September 1988 and have two children together, 33-year-old son Travis Sedgwick Bacon and 31-year-old daughter Sosie Ruth Bacon.

Sedgwick said she and Bacon have "always been each other's biggest support and fans" and credited their successful marriage to a "crucial" sense of humor, calling her husband "very freaking funny."

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HBO releases trailer to final season of 'Barry'

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On Wednesday, HBO released the full trailer to the fourth and final season of its Emmy-winning dramedy series Barry.

The coming attraction certainly leans heavier into the drama, with Bill Hader's titular hitman literally and figuratively beating himself up for everything he's done that landed him in prison, where season 3's finale found him.

"I'm a good person," he growls, trying to convince himself. "That is who I am."

The acclaimed show's other cast members are also seen, both behind bars — like Stephen Root's Funches — and on the outside, including Emmy winner Henry Winkler's Gene.

Sarah Goldberg's Sally confides to a friend, "The guy I was dating in LA killed my acting teacher's girlfriend. I think I might be in a lot of trouble."

Hader directed all eight episodes of the fourth and final season, which kicks off with two episodes Sunday, April 16, at 10 p.m. on HBO.

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Keira Knightley and Carrie Coon on "forward-thinking" female journalists in 'The Boston Strangler'

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The fifth episode of true-crime podcast Truth and Lies: The Boston Strangler just dropped, featuring a conversation with Keira Knightley and Carrie Coon, two of the stars of Hulu's new film The Boston Strangler.

The podcast is the first collaboration between ABC Audio and 20th Century Studios, and is hosted by award-winning journalist and author Dick Lehr. It features ABC News archive material from the case and new interviews with relatives of those involved.

Knightley and Coon respectively play Record-American newspaper reporters Loretta McLaughlin and Jean Cole, the journalists who tracked the brutal murders that terrorized Boston in the 1960s. 

"I'd heard of it, but I didn't know anything about it," English actress Knightley tells ABC Audio of the case. "So the script was the first time that I'd actually really known anything. And then [I] went, 'Wow, look at these two women. This is amazing.' And then sort of did some Googling and went, 'Oh, they ... have been completely left out of most of the things written about it.'"

Fargo Emmy winner Coon adds, "And as women, we've all walked into rooms and been dismissed or underestimated. And that's certainly the way these women were being treated in a newsroom in the 1960s when it was so rare for women to be journalists at all, let alone not be just on the lifestyle desk or the advice column, or covering society pages."

Coon continues, "It was 10 years before they coined the term 'serial killer.' ... Loretta was doing some really innovative stuff by psychologically profiling that killer, and I think some of the cops were involved in that, as well. But that was very forward-thinking work. So it's really also a journalism movie."

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(A previous version of this story included a misspelling of Carrie Coon's name. The text above has been updated to correct the error.)

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Owen Wilson lost a lifetime Rolling Stones pass after he mistakenly went onstage

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For a Rolling Stones fan, there would be few things better than a lifetime, all-access pass to their concerts. And apparently Owen Wilson had one, but it was revoked after he took the definition of "all access" too far.

During an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Wilson explained he and a friend, who was good friends with Mick Jagger, were given all-access laminates, noting they “were good for the rest of your life." But then he messed up at a show in Argentina.

"That night, at the concert, I'm kind of wandering around and testing it out — like, 'I'm going to walk over here and see if anybody stops me.' And no one would stop me any place," Wilson explained. "I ended up right at this place where I could look over and see Mick Jagger on the stage right there and I’m kinda watching and then all of a sudden he bolts during 'Jumping Jack Flash' and comes running down."

Turns out Wilson was standing on part of the stage; he says he froze as Jagger came running toward him.

Wilson says he felt terrible after it happened, noting, “I go to bed that night still thinking, 'Well, gosh, that was kind of a gnarly experience.’” And that big mistake resulted in his pass being revoked.  

"Then I get a call the next morning asking, from Mick's security team, 'Do you have that laminate?' 'Yes, I still have it.' 'OK, we're going to come over and pick it up,'" he said.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, Wilson didn’t get to enjoy the pass for very long: “I only had it for 24 hours." 

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Yara Shahidi announces sixth season of 'Grown-ish' will also be its last

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Bad news for Grown-ish fans: The newly renewed sixth season of Grown-ish will also be its last. Yara Shahidi, who stars as Zoey Johnson on the show, announced the news in a video message to her fans.

"I wanted to share the news with you guys—our day ones—that season 6 of Grown-ish will be our final season," she shared. "But don't be sad, because we're gonna do it up big."

"You guys have been with us since season 1, and it has been such an honor to play Zoey and grow up alongside her for the past nine years," she continued. "Your support over the last five seasons has really meant the world to us, the cast and crew. We want to take the time to thank you all for the love and support that's kept us going."

Grown-ish premiered on January 3, 2018, as a spinoff of ABC's Black-ish. The show followed Zoey's journey to college, into adulthood and life outside her parents' nest. It now follows her brother Andre's (Marcus Scribner) experience attending Cal U. 

“We’ve spent nearly a decade telling our stories through the -ish series and to say it has been an amazing journey would be an understatement,” said Grown-ish creator Kenya Barris. “To be able to watch Yara, Marcus and our entire ‘grown-ish’ family grow up in front of us over these past several years has been both a joy and an honor. From the stories we’ve told to the talent we’ve fostered and ... the memories made, I could not be more proud of everything we’ve accomplished and the -ish family I’ve been a part of.”

The first half of Grown-ish's final season premieres this summer, with the second slated to air in 2024.

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Gwyneth Paltrow's kids' depositions read in court for 2016 ski crash trial

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Gwyneth Paltrow's two children, daughter Apple Martin and son Moses Martin, had their depositions read in court Tuesday during the civil trial regarding the 2016 ski accident involving their mother and Terry Sanderson.

Moses, 16, who was 9 at the time of the crash, said he "did not see the actual collision happen" but remembered skiing with his ski instructor, Eric Christiansen, on the Bandana run at Deer Valley Ski Resort in Utah, when he followed Christiansen over to where his mom was.

Moses said he "saw my mother and a person behind her who had crashed" on the ground. He added that when he followed Christiansen, he heard his mom yelling "something along the lines of 'What the F-word, you just ran into me.'"

Moses said he didn't remember Christiansen being angry at the time of the collision.

In her deposition, Apple, 18, who was 11 at the time of the crash, said she was on her way to lunch with her instructor when she heard a woman scream, but "it wasn't very clear."

Paltrow's daughter said that she didn't know a ski collision occurred until her mother arrived at lunch and said someone "ran right into my back."

Apple said she had "never" seen her mom "shaken up like that."

"She was very clearly visibly upset and she was in a little bit of pain," she added.

Apple and Moses Martin were originally expected to testify in court, but Paltrow's attorneys opted for the teens' depositions to be read in court.

The civil trial began March 21 and is expected to conclude on March 30.

Throughout the trial, the jury heard both Paltrow's and Sanderson's account of the accident, with each party accusing the other of being the cause of the ski crash.

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Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson and a galaxy of stars in trailer to Wes Anderson's 'Asteroid City'

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Wes Anderson has always managed to score impressive casts for his films, but the Moonrise Kingdom director may have outdone himself for his latest, Asteroid City

Tom Hanks stars as an ornery, pistol-packing grandfather in the movie, which just debuted its trailer. But the '50s-set film also stars Scarlett Johansson as a screen siren, as well as Steve CarellRita WilsonJeff GoldblumTilda SwintonJason SchwartzmanJeffrey Wright and Liev Schreiber, just to name a few. 

Asteroid City is an alien invasion movie, as only Anderson could make: All of the characters in the trailer machine gun their dialogue in the filmmaker's signature droll fashion, as they come to grips with an alien landing where a famous meteor once did, in Arizona. 

Universal Pictures teases, "The itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention — organized to bring together students and parents from across the country for fellowship and scholarly competition — is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events."

The movie lands in theaters June 22.

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'Bachelorette' alum Rachel Recchia supports Gabi Elnicki following Zach Shallcross breakup

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Rachel Recchia, who co-starred alongside Gabby Windey on season 19 of The Bachelorette, showed her support for Gabi Elnicki following her emotional breakup with Zach Shallcross on Monday's season 27 Bachelor finale.

“Showing emotion like this takes so much vulnerability, gabi you are a queen!” Recchia tweeted while watching Gabi and Zach’s confrontation aired on After the Final Rose.

Elnicki said she felt “ashamed” after Zach told Kaity Biggar -- and “the whole nation” -- that they'd been intimate during their overnight date.

“It was consensual and it was what we wanted. We decided that it was going to be between us," the 25-year-old Vermont native told Shallcross. "We said that that night. And I remember I was brushing my teeth, you came up behind me, you kissed me on the back of my head, you said, ‘This is just between us.’ And I said, ‘Yes, this is just between us.'"

"I thought it was love. I thought it was more than a TV show," Gabi continued, choking back tears. "I get it, sex sells, but now I’ve become a narrative.”

Zach offered his apology, explaining, “In my mind, it was just the secret that I had to not have. The last thing I wanted to do was hurt you like that... From the bottom of my heart, I’m sorry.”

Rachel also liked The Bachelorette season 14 contestant Jason Tartick’s tweet nominating Zach’s runners-up, Gabi and Ariel Frenkel, as the next bachelorettes, following previously announced season 20 star, Charity Lawson. “Go back to back to back bachelorettes, Charity to Gabby to Ariel … put the guys on the back burner #TheBachelorFinale,” he shared.

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta' alum Eva Marcille files for divorce

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Real Housewives of Atlanta alum Eva Marcille has filed for divorce from her husband of over four years, Michael Sterling.

The former America's Next Top Model winner, 38, filed for divorce on March 23 and stated that their marriage was "irrevocably broken," according to documents obtained by People. Her attorney added in the filing that the pair "are currently living in a bona fide state of separation."

In a statement to People, Marcille said, "This has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, but sometimes life takes your journey in a direction you were not expecting."

"Our children remain our biggest priority and the eight and half years we have spent together will always be cherished," she continued. "We ask that you respect our privacy at this time."

Sterling and Marcille tied the knot in October 2018. They welcomed their sons Michael Sterling Jr., 4, and Maverick Sterling, 3, in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Marcille also has 9-year-old daughter Marley Rae from her previous relationship with ex Kevin McCall.

The model and actress is seeking legal and primary custody of their children and child support with "care and maintenance" and medical costs. She is also requesting that the pair's assets gained during their marriage -- including her own separate property -- and debts be equally divided.

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Jeremy Renner headlines Diane Sawyer special; will make first red carpet appearance after snowplow accident

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Jeremy Renner's near-fatal snowplow accident and his subsequent recovery will take center stage in an April 6 ABC News special featuring an interview with the actor by Diane Sawyer.

The special will take an unflinching look at the January 1 accident, when Renner was trying to save his nephew from the seven-ton machine that began sliding in the snow. The actor was pulled under its tracks and crushed.

"I'd do it again!" Renner told Sawyer in a trailer for the special. "It was coming right for my nephew."

The journalist details the litany of injuries he suffered, including, "Eight ribs broken in 14 places. Right knee, right ankle broken...Left leg...left ankle broken....right shoulder broken, face-eye socket broken, the jaw...broken. Lung collapsed; pierced by the rib bone, your liver."

Renner insisted, "I was awake for every moment."

The actor admits he feared being left looking like a "science experiment" after the wreck, later defiantly exclaiming, "I chose to survive! You're not gonna kill me!"

He also comments, "I've lost a lot of flesh and bone in this experience but have been refueled and refilled with love -- and titanium."

And days after showing fans a workout session on an antigravity treadmill, Variety reports Renner will be putting that work to good use, walking the red carpet on April 11 at the Los Angeles premiere of his forthcoming Disney-plus series, Rennervations.

The four-part series will see the big-screen superhero and real-life renovation expert rehabbing vehicles and donating them to communities that need them the most.

Renner has previously called the work "one of my biggest passions" and "a driving force in my recovery," adding of the show, "I can't wait for the world to see it."

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In Brief: 'X-Files' reboot from 'Black Panther' director Ryan Coogler, and more

A day after The Bachelor season 27 ended with Zach Shallcross proposing to ER nurse Kaity Biggar, Entertainment Weekly reports creator Mike Fleiss is leaving the long-running ABC franchise after 21 years. Bachelor executive producers Bennett Graebner, Claire Freeland and Jason Ehrlich will take over as showrunners. "I want to thank WBTV and ABC for 21 extraordinary years," Fleiss said in a statement on Tuesday. "They've found the perfect creative team for me to entrust The Bachelor franchise and keep this lightning in a bottle bold and moving forward. Let the journey continue." Season 20 of The Bachelorette premieres Monday, June 26 at a new time, 9 p.m. ET on ABC...

Paramount+ has picked up Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Star Trek: Lower Decks for a third and fifth season, respectively, the streamer announced on Tuesday. Strange New Worlds follows the USS Enterprise crew in the decade before the original Star Trek series took place and stars Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One, and Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock. The animated series Lower Decks follows the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the USS Cerritos, and features the voices of Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, Dawnn Lewis, Jerry O’Connell, Fred Tatasciore and Gillian Vigman. The new seasons of both shows will premiere this summer...

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever writer and director Ryan Coogler is rebooting The X-Files. Original series creator Chris Carter revealed the news during an interview with the CBC's On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko, saying, “I just spoke to a young man, Ryan Coogler, who is going to remount The X-Files with a diverse cast. So he’s got his work cut out for him because we covered so much territory.” The X-Files originally aired on Fox from 1993-2001 before being revived at the network for two more seasons in 2016 and 2018. There's no information at the moment on which network or platform will carry the show...

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