TVLine Items: Regina King Joins The Strain, New Terminator Series In Development and More

The Big Bang Theory Season 6 SpoilersRegina King is following up her acclaimed five-season run on Southland with a recurring role on FX’s buzzy new series The Strain.

From Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Guillermo del Toro (the Hellboy films, Pan’s Labyrinth), the thriller stars Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as the head of a Centers for Disease Control team in New York City. Unexpectedly, the group is tasked with investigating a mysterious viral outbreak with the hallmarks of an evil strain of vampirism.

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According to our sister site Deadline, King — who joins the previously cast Leslie Hope (24), Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), John Hurt (Merlin) and David Bradley (Game of Thrones) — will play the accomplished manager of a philandering rockstar, played by newcomer Jack Kesy.

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• He’ll be back. On TV. Again. Four years after The Sarah Connor Chronicles wrapped its run, a new Terminator television series is in the works. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the project — which is being developed in conjunction with the upcoming 2015 film — “will follow a critical moment from the first Terminator film and, where the film’s story goes one way, the upcoming series will take the same moment in a completely different direction.”

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• Esai Morales has boarded HBO’s comedy pilot The BrinkDeadline reports. Written by Weeds‘ Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim, and directed by Jay Roach (Game Change), the project — staring Jack Black and Tim Robbins — is described as an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men. Morales will play the President of the United States.

• ABC has locked down Charlie Brown & Co. for the long haul. The network has closed a deal to continue airing Emmy-winning Peanuts specials like A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas through 2020.

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  1. mandy says:

    Omg, thank you. More Regina is always a good thing.

  2. Tran 2.0 says:

    Regina King returns to TV. She was great on Southland but sadly the gritty cop drama ended after five amazing seasons (first NBC then TNT).

  3. “John Hurt (Merlin) and David Bradley (Game of Thrones) ”

    Cool, the Two Doctors :P

  4. From what I’ve read, I’m guessing that the Terminator TV show will focus on Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor on the run from the Terminator. I wonder if the show will be set in 1984 or today.

  5. steven says:

    When will it be time to say hasta la vista to James Cameron’s baby, the Terminator?

  6. dreamlife613 says:

    Very happy for Regina King. With her casting on The Strain, Michael Cudlitz on The Walking Dead, Kevin Alejandro on Arrow, they just need to cast Benjamin McKenzie in a series I follow and I’ll be one happy camper.

  7. R.O.B. says:

    The Strain series was TERRIBLE. This is coming from a GDT fan. I like the actors they picked, and I am hoping with Cuse on board they tweak the story a bit because as much as I love Del Toro, it was very poorly written and the characters were cardboard. I’ll still give this a shot hoping they flesh out the characters and story more.