Diane Keaton The Young Pope

TVLine Items: Diane Keaton Joins HBO Drama, Lilyhammer Axed and More

Annie Hall is headed to The Vatican.

Oscar winner Diane Keaton has boarded The Young Pope, an eight-episode HBO drama series from director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty).

The Young Pope tells the controversial story of Pope Pius XIII, formerly known as Lenny Belardo (played by Sherlock Holmes‘ Jude Law). Keaton will play Sister Mary, a nun from the United States who is now living in Vatican City.

The project, which begins production this week, will be Keaton’s first TV series gig since the 1977 mini The Godfather: A Novel for Television.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Netflix drama Lilyhammer has been cancelled after three seasons, Deadline reports.

* Speaking of Netflix: Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for the streaming service, gave an Arrested Development update at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday. “We are plugging along. I know I keep saying that, because it’s a very long, complex deal to make for these guys — both because the talent is very busy, but because the show is owned by Fox,” he said. “It is our intent to have a new season of Arrested Development, and all the negotiations are underway.”

* In even more Netflix news, animated series BoJack Horseman has been renewed for a third season.

* TV Land has greenlit a fifth and final 12-episode season of The Soul Man, starring Cedric The Entertainer as R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine.

* Hallmark has renewed drama series When Calls the Heart for a third season, set to debut in Feb. 2016.

* Empire stars Jussie Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray will perform at the Teen Choice Awards, airing Sunday, Aug. 16, at 8/7c on Fox.

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  1. Jennifer says:

    I know it’s cheesy, and on the HallMark channel, but I love “When Calls Heart.” I am so happy that it’s been renewed!!

    • Georgette says:

      it’s not cheesy!! I love When Calls the Heart as well, it makes for great family entertainment and I am so glad the Hallmark renewed it and it will be on sooner than we expected with a Christmas Movie!!!

  2. dj says:

    Really disappointed that Lilyhammer was axed. It’s a great show.

  3. oliverhearst says:

    Is there no chance that the Norwegian network could bend after Netflix’s will so the show could continue?

  4. Heathers says:

    Really, a left wing lesbian playing a nun? More proof that HBO is definitely one of the most left leaning of networks. Ugh.

    • maggie says:

      Wasn’t the “1977 mini The Godfather: A Novel for Television” simply the first two Godfather films re-edited together in chronological order?