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Trades: 'The Masked Singer' Winner, Stephen Dorff's New Series, Idris Elba, and 'Penny Dreadful'

By Dustin Rowles | TV | February 28, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | February 28, 2019 |


First up, Spoilers for The Masked Singer:


T-Pain took home the crown, for whatever that is worth. T-Pain was actually the celebrity on the show the least removed from his heyday — he was actually a big deal in this century, as opposed to the runners-up Gladys Knight and Donny Osmond. I’m still confounded by the popularity of this show, particularly with young people who have no idea who most of these celebrities are. In any respect, it looks like they’re going to fast-track season two, and with the success of this season, they are probably going to be able to increase the caliber of celebrity, moving from the D-list to the C-list (no offense to Gladys, but, like, lots of offense directed toward Terry Bradshaw).

— That said, it is not out of the question for celebrities who reached their peak 20 years ago to rise again, as Stephen Dorff — fresh off the best performance of his career in True Detective — has landed the lead in a new Fox pilot that sounds fairly intriguing. From Castle writer Will Beall, Deputy is a contemporary Western. Dorff will play Bill Hollister, “a career lawman who’s very comfortable kicking down doors but utterly lost in a staff meeting. When the LA County Sheriff drops dead, Bill becomes acting sheriff of Los Angeles County, in charge of 10,000 sworn deputies policing a modern Wild West.” I’d give that show a shot.

— Look, I’m not saying that the trailer for Turn Up, Charlie looks bad. At all. It looks fun. What I am saying is that Idris Elba sometimes forgets that he’s Idris Elba, an A-list star who can limit himself to $150 million blockbusters and Oscar-worthy films. This looks like a perfectly fine show for Piper Perabo, who I like! And I will definitely give this show a shot.

— Will Smith apparently will not appear in the next Suicide Squad movie. It does appear, however, that Margot Robbie will return to the sequel, which will be written and directed by James Gunn.

— Ray Liotta, who somehow avoided being in The Sopranos, has been cast in The Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark. Details on his role are unavailable.

— We will not have to sweat the renewal of Brooklyn Nine-Nine this year, as NBC has already made the order for a seventh season. NINE NINE!

— This summer will see a 90210 revival on Fox, although it’s not quite what you might expect. Most of the original actors from the show will play heightened versions of themselves in a series about trying to reboot 90210 that will satirize tropes from the original series. I love the idea, but not entirely confident in their ability to execute. Most of the original cast has signed on, save for Shannon Doherty and Luke Perry, the latter of whom unfortunately suffered a massive stroke this morning. We hope he’s OK.

— You folks know that Showtime is reviving Penny Dreadful, right? Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will star Natalie Dormer, Daniel Zovatto, and now Nathan Lane. I’m rooting for it and all, but they’re going to have a difficult time topping Eva Green fucking the Devil (link NSFW).

— Finally, there are a lot of Game of Thrones character posters out today. I am not about to upload them all here, but you can take a gander at them all over here.

Header Image Source: Showtime