TVLine Items: Regina King Joins The Strain, New Terminator Series In Development and More
Regina 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.
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.”
• Esai Morales has boarded HBO’s comedy pilot The Brink, Deadline 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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