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TV Beat: Walton Goggins, Brie Larson Head to TV; Colbert Overtakes Fallon; and Mike Schur Stays Put

By Dustin Rowles | TV | March 6, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | March 6, 2019 |


— Brie Larson is switching gears, moving from the Marvel Universe to television, where she will produce and star in an untitled CIA series for Apple, which is going to be really good if it ever actually launches. The 10-episode series is based on the memoir of Amaryllis Fox, Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA.

— While most of the other great showrunners are going to Netflix or other streaming platforms, Mike Schur has signed a deal to stay with NBC/Universal for another 5 years at $25 million per. He has a new sitcom, Abby’s, coming out later this month, and he’s developing another with Kal Penn.

— The Mad About You reboot with Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt, however, will not air on NBC, as the network passed on it. Instead, it will air on Spectrum Originals, which I guess is a channel for people who still have regular cable. I liked Mad About You. I’m also content to leave well enough alone.

— Netflix has optioned the rights to Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, which is a big damn deal, because his estate (controlled by his sons) has never allowed it to be optioned before. Per Márquez’s desires, the series will be entirely in Spanish and be filmed mostly in Colombia, and it will be long enough to give the story the air it needs to succeed.

— They’re making a third season of Sinner, and Matt Bomer will star. I loved the first season, and the second was OK. I understand it’s a bigger hit for Netflix than it is for the USA Network.

Superstore has been renewed for a 5th season. Superstore is fantastic, y’all.

— Bad news: Chris D’Elia has been cast in the second season of You on Netflix. Good news: I bet he’ll be murdered.

— Good news: Walton Goggins is headed back to TV. Bad news: It’s on CBS. From Deadline:

Written by Martin and Schiff and inspired by a true story, The Unicorn centers on a recent widower (Goggins) who is eager to move on from the most difficult year of his life, only to realize he’s utterly unprepared to raise his two daughters on his own and equally unprepared for the dating world — where, to his shock, he’s suddenly a hot commodity.

I’ll give it a shot, but man, I just can’t picture Goggins in a family sitcom.

— In ratings news, Colbert has been beating Fallon in overall viewers for quite some time. Now, he’s beat him in the 18-49 demo, too. It took a while, Dave, but The Late Show has finally surpassed The Tonight Show again.

— Finally, after Jane Mayer’s New Yorker piece, the Democrats have decided NOT to let Fox News host a Democratic debate. Not sure why they needed the New Yorker piece to draw that conclusion, but it’s a wise decision.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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