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Alec Baldwin The Looming Tower

Alec Baldwin has been the American president, and now he’ll head up the CIA.

The ubiquitous actor will guest-star in Hulu’s upcoming 9/11 drama The Looming Tower as the agency’s former director of central intelligence, George Tenet.

Based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning exposé, the 10-episode series chronicles the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda, and how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI may have set the stage for the 9/11 attacks.

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* Designated Survivor has tapped Keith Eisner (The Good Wife) to serve as showrunner for a potential Season 2, our sister site Deadline reports. Eisner would be the ABC drama’s fourth showrunner, following Amy B. Harris, Jon Harmon Feldman and Jeff Melvoin.

* Anna Paquin (True Blood) and Terrence Howard (Empire) will appear in a standalone episode of Amazon’s upcoming anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, per Deadline. Paquin will play a policewoman who shares headspace with a brilliant game designer (Howard).

* Paramount Network (fka Spike) has given a 10-episode order to the sweeping family drama Yellowstone, written and directed by Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water, Sicario), Deadline reports. The series follows the Dutton clan, which controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, an area constantly under attack by its neighbors: land developers, an Indian reservation and America’s first National Park.

* CMT has released a first look at Season 2 of its original comedy series Still the King, starring Billy Ray Cyrus as a fresh-out-of-jail singer determined to reclaim his country music superstar title. The show returns Tuesday, July 11 at 10/9c.