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Kumail Nanjinai is joining the cast of Jordan Peele’s upcoming revival of ‘The Twilight Zone’

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With production on the next season of HBO’s Emmy-winning comedy series Silicon Valley currently stalled, Kumail Nanjinai is making the most of his time off by starring in an episode of the upcoming Twilight Zone revival, CBS All Access announced Thursday.

Nanjiani, who scored an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay along with his wife Emily V. Gordon for their work on the critically acclaimed rom-com The Big Sick at the Academy Awards earlier this year, joins previously announced cast members Sanaa Lathan and Adam Scott.

In addition to his work as a producer on The Twilight Zone, Jordan Peele serves as the host and narrator of the show, which will be a modern reimagining of the original that premiered in 1959 and was hosted by creator Rod Serling and ran for five seasons until its conclusion in 1964.

“Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary who not only shed light on social issues of his time but prophesied issues of ours,” Peele said earlier this year. “I’m honored to carry on his legacy to a new generation of audiences as the gatekeeper of The Twilight Zone.”

Peele is executive producing The Twilight Zone via his Monkeyaw Productions along with Simon Kinberg, Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling, Rick Berg, and Greg Yaitanes. The series is expected to premiere on CBS All Access in 2019.

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‘When They See Us’ trailer reveals Ava DuVernay’s limited series about the Central Park Five

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Netflix has released the full-length trailer for Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us, a four-part limited series which chronicles the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape that they did not commit.

Created, directed, and co-written by DuVernay, When They See Us begins in the spring of 1989 and follows the five teens from Harlem—Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise—into adulthood, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

“On this exact day 30 years ago, a woman was raped in Central Park,” DuVernay wrote in a tweet Friday morning. “Five black + brown boys were framed for her rape. The story you know is the lie that police, prosecutors and Donald Trump told you. When They See Us is the story of the boys from their eyes and their hearts.”

Despite their exoneration by DNA evidence, and a confession from a man separate from the Central Park Five who took credit for the crime, Trump has continued to push a baseless theory that the five men are guilty over the years, most recently during the 2016 presidential election cycle.

The series stars Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Storm Reid, Dascha Polanco, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriguez and Asante Blackk.

Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey from Harpo Films, and Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh and Robert De Niro from Tribeca Productions executive produced alongside DuVernay through her Forward Movement banner. Attica Locke, Robin Swicord, and Michael Starrbury also served as writers on the series.

When They See Us will debut in full on Netflix on May 31.

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A television series based on ‘Love, Simon’ is in the works at Disney’s new streaming service

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A series adaptation of Greg Berlanti’s gay coming-of-age dramedy Love, Simon is in the works at Disney+, the company’s new streaming service expected to debut later this year, sources tell Silver Screen Beat.

The series, which will feature an entirely new cast, will be based on Becky Albertalli’s young adult novel Leah on the Offbeat, a sequel to the hit book that Love, Simon was based on.

Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker, who penned the script for the 2018 movie, will serve as showrunners on the series, which is being produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Berlanti will have no involvement with the project due to his exclusive overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Love, Simon, which starred Nick Robinson as the title character, a closeted, gay teenager who struggles with coming out to his family and friends, was both a critical and box office success, grossing more than $66.3 million worldwide on a $17 million production budget.

The film also starred Katherine Langford, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Alexandra Shipp, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Keiynan Lonsdale, Tony Hale, Logan Miller, and Talitha Bateman.

The Love, Simon series joins a growing list of premium original programming that will be featured on Disney+, including several series based on the company’s Marvel and Star Wars franchises.

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On the heels of its season two premiere, ‘Barry’ gets renewed for a third season at HBO

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HBO has renewed its hit Emmy-nominated comedy series Barry for a third season, the premium cable network announced Wednesday. The news comes on the heels of the show’s second season premiere on March 31.

The critically acclaimed show was created by Alec Berg and Bill Hader, who stars in the title role. The current season follows Barry as he attempts to untangle himself from the world of contract killing and fully immerse himself in acting.

Season two cast regulars include Stephen Root as Barry’s handler, who is alarmed to contemplate a future without his primary source of income; Sarah Goldberg as a dedicated acting student who becomes the object of Barry’s affection; Anthony Carrigan as an unfailingly polite mobster; and Henry Winkler as a pompous yet endearing acting teacher who takes Barry under his wing.

For its first season, Barry picked up three Emmy nominations including Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for Hader, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Winkler, and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation.

In addition to creating the show, Berg and Hader executive produce the series with co-executive producer Aida Rodgers. Julie Camino and Jason Kim produce alongside co-producers Duffy Boudreau and Amy Solomon.

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