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Netflix renews teen suicide drama ’13 Reasons Why’ for Season 3, releases announcement video

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Netflix has renewed their controversial teen suicide drama 13 Reasons Why has been announced for a third season, the streaming giant announced in a press release on Wednesday. The renewal news comes just mere weeks after the series debuted its highly anticipated second season earlier this month on May 18.

Series creator Brian Yorkey will return as showrunner for Season 3, which is being produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. Filming on the upcoming season is expected to begin later this year with stars Dylan Minnette, Miles Heizer, and Alisa Boe all expected to reprise their respective roles.

Katherine Langford, who played Hannah Baker in Season 1 and Season 2, confirmed that she will not be returning for the third season, but promises that she will maintain her connection with the show’s fans in one way or another whether it be through social media or some other medium.

“For me, we told Hannah’s story so fully in Season 1,” Langford said in an interview with EW. “In a way, doing that scene in episode 13, I’ve so often referred to it as it was the hardest scene because it’s the scene where I had to let her go. I think coming back this season was challenging because it was playing her but not really her.”

Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why picks up in the aftermath of Hannah’s death and the start of Clay (Minnette) and the other characters’ complicated journeys toward healing and recovery. However, someone will stop at nothing to keep the truth surrounding Hannah’s death concealed, and a series of ominous polaroids leads Clay and his classmates to uncover a sickening secret and a conspiracy to cover it all up.

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Zoe Saldana to star in, executive produce Netflix limited series with Reese Witherspoon

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Zoe Saldana and Reese Witherspoon are teaming up at Netflix for a limited series based on Tembi Locke’s best-selling memoir From Scratch, Silver Screen Beat has learned.

Saldana will star in and executive produce the series, which tells the story of an American woman who falls in love with a Sicilian man while studying abroad in Italy and then builds a life with him in the United States. When she unexpectedly loses him to illness, she is challenged to pull herself through grief so she can raise their daughter as they would have raised her together: with hope, joy and infinite love.

“This is a profound true story of love and family, deprivation and nourishment, that needs to be brought to life on the screen as Tembi Locke brought it vividly to life for me on the page,” Saldana said. “We are grateful to Netflix and thrilled to be working with Reese, Lauren, Attica and 3 Arts on this wonderful project.”

Tembi Locke’s sister, Attica Locke, will adapt the memoir and serve as showrunner, with Witherspoon, Lauren Neustadter, Richard Abate, Jermaine Johnson, Will Rowbotham, and Cisely and Mariel Saldana serving as executive producers.

“Tembi’s memoir is a raw and tender exhibition of life in all its pieces,” Witherspoon said. “She brings you into her love, her loss and her resilience with such vulnerability and strength. We immediately fell for Attica and Tembi’s vision and feel honored to have the opportunity to help bring it to life onscreen. We could not imagine more perfect partners for this than Zoe and her sisters and 3 Arts Entertainment, along with the incredible team at Netflix.”

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Adam McKay developing limited series based on Julie K. Brown book about Jeffrey Epstein

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Adam McKay is developing a limited series based on Miami Herald investigative reporter Julie K. Brown’s upcoming book about the well-connected, highly influential financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein for HBO, Silver Screen Beat can confirm.

The untitled series will be the first that McKay is producing under his newly established label Hyperobject Industries, which just inked a five-year, first-look television deal with HBO to produce content for the premium cable network and its upcoming streaming service HBO Max.

“We are delighted to continue our longtime collaboration with Adam McKay with this new deal,” said HBO president of programming Casey Bloys. “Adam is a uniquely talented director and producer, and we are looking forward to working with him and the team at Hyperobject on many projects to come.”

McKay will executive produce the series along with his longtime collaborator Kevin Messick and Brown, whose riveting investigative series ultimately led to the disgraced money manager’s arrest on sex trafficking charges in July.

On August 10, Epstein was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, with the New York City chief medical examiner ruling the cause of death suicide by hanging despite the suspicious circumstances surrounding Epstein’s untimely demise.

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HBO gives straight-to-series order to ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel ‘House of the Dragon’

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HBO has given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order to House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequel created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal, the network announced during WarnerMedia Day on Wednesday.

The series, which is based on Martin’s Targaryen history book Fire & Blood, is set 300 years before the events of Thrones and details the story of House Targaryen.

Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal will serve as showrunners on the series and will executive produce along with Martin and Vince Gerardis. Sapochnik will also direct the pilot and additional episodes, all of which are being written by Condal.

“The Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories,” said president of HBO programming Casey Bloys. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan, and George.”

House of the Dragon is the first project Sapochnik is developing and producing as part of an overall deal he signed at HBO earlier this year.

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