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New Walking Dead Series Casts First Three Roles

Even though The Walking Dead comic book series was cancelled last week, and the AMC series has been seeing waning ratings, the network is moving forward on the new series. The yet to be titled show will join The Walking Dead (now in its tenth season) and Fear The Walking Dead (soon to start season 5), when it premieres in 2020. To show that things are moving forward, it was announced yesterday that the first three major roles have now been cast.

The new series will follow the story of two female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come of age in during the zombie apocalypse. The three hired to star in the new series are Alexa Mansour, Nicolas Cantu, and Hal Cumpston. Variety has stated that their sources have told them that Mansour’s character is a good-natured rule breaker who lives for today, and is likable and funny on the outside but sad on the inside. Cantu’s character is said to be small for his age in addition to being friendly, an old soul, and who has a black belt in karate. Cumpston’s character is said to be big for his age, and a shy loner that scares some kids, but he hates the fact that he scares people. 

The three actors have varying degrees of experience. Mansour has several television credits to her name, including Madam Secretary, How To Get Away With Murder and SEAL Team, as well as the horror film Unfiltered: Dark Web. Cantu has done both voice over work, as well as having appearance on television shows such as The Good Place. While Cumpston starred in and wrote the Australian coming of age comedy Bilched.

The new Walking Dead series will begin production on its 10 episode first season in Virginia this summer.

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Gossip Girl Sequel On The Way

HBO Max has announced that they are moving forward with a new Gossip Girl TV series. The original show ran for six season from 2007 to 2012, and was a huge hit for The CW, and HBO is hoping there is still a little more magic left in it.

Gossip Girl was based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar, and followed the stories of privileged teens living on the Upper East Side of New York. The exploits by these teens are reported on online by a ruthless blogger who is always watching, and whose identity isn’t revealed until the final episode. The show starred Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick. 

The new show will be ten episodes long, and take place eight years later. It will follow a completely new story, but will be set in the same world. Whether that means any of the original cast will make an appearance or not is unknown. HBO Max describes the show as follows. Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. The prestige series will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years.

The new Gossip Girl series will air sometime after the launch of HBO Max in the spring of 2020.

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Netflix Alters Controversial 13 Reasons Why Scene

It’s been over two years since Netflix released the first season of 13 Reasons Why, and after all that time the streaming service has decided to alter the graphic and controversial scene in the season 1 finale. The scene in question is the one that depicts Hanna Baker’s (Katherine Langford) suicide.

The first season of 13 Reason’s Why follows the story of a teenager who committed suicide, but not before recording 13 cassette tapes explaining her decision. Each episode focuses on a different character that she at least partially blames for her decision. The series was adapted from Jay Asher’s 2007 YA novel of the same name, and spawned a sequel that was released the following year. While the series depicted some very adult, and serious things throughout, it was the final episode that really had people talking.

In the episode, about half way through, you see a Hanna climb into a bathtub of water and slit her wrists with a razor blade, before screaming out in pain before lying back and dying as tears stream down her face. Netflix displayed a message before the episode, warning viewers that “The following episode contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing and/or may not be suitable for younger audiences, including graphic depictions of violence and suicide. Viewer discretion is advised.” 

At the time Netflix stated that they wanted to depict as the suicide as realistically as possible, because it was their responsibility to tell the truth. Things have changed though, and now Netflix has altered the scene to exclude the moment Hannah slits her wrists. The scene jumps from Hannah contemplating the act, to her parents finding her body.

In a statement Netflix said  “We’ve heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help—often for the first time.  As we prepare to launch season 3 later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show. So on the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we’ve decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from season 1.”

Yorkey also released his own statement. He said,  “It was our hope, in making 13 Reasons Why into a television show, to tell a story that would help young viewers feel seen and heard, and encourage empathy in all who viewed it, much as the bestselling book did before us. Our creative intent in portraying the ugly, painful reality of suicide in such graphic detail in season 1 was to tell the truth about the horror of such an act, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it. But as we ready to launch season 3, we have heard concerns about the scene from Dr. Christine Moutier at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and others, and have agreed with Netflix to re-edit it. No one scene is more important than the life of the show, and its message that we must take better care of each other. We believe this edit will help the show do the most good for the most people while mitigating any risk for especially vulnerable young viewers.”

This third season of 13 Reasons Why is expected this summer, but as of yet an exact premiere date has not been given.

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Lashana Lynch Set To Play 007

With all the rumours that were going around about who should play the next James Bond, including actor Idris Elba who trolled fans on social media about it last year, filmmakers have decided to add a new wrinkle of their own. Over the weekend it was revealed that Lashana Lynch, who was hired on in a mysterious role, would be the first woman to tackle the role of 007. Just not that of James Bond.

According to the Daily Mail, Lynch’s character will be known as 007, the secret agent number James Bond has held from the beginning. She won’t be playing James Bond though, but instead be a new secret agent who took over the number. In the film Daniel Craig will reprise his role as James Bond, who will be called back to duty from retirement. It’s at that point he will meet the new 007, who took over the number after he left MI-6. 

Lynch, a West London native, is most famously known as playing fighter pilot Maria Rambeau in this year’s Captain Marvel. It’s been known for awhile that she was going to be in the new James Bond film, the 25th of the series, but until now her role was kept secret. It’s an interesting way to keep the character fresh, and perhaps if her role is popular enough maybe it will be spun off into new films in the same vein. 

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