“After careful consideration, we have decided not to move forward to series with the untitled Game of Thrones prequel,” the premium cabler said in a statement late Friday. “We thank Jane Goldman, [fellow EP] S.J. Clarkson, and the talented cast and crew for all of their hard work and dedication.”
HBO, meanwhile, is moving forward with the House Targaryen-centered prequel series House of the Dragon, handing the spinoff a 10-episode straight to series order (full story here).
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* Season 7 of The Great Christmas Light Fight will kick off with a two-episode premiere on Monday, Dec. 2 at 8/7c, ABC announced Friday. Additionally, the competition show has been renewed for Season 8, to air in 2020.
* Hot Ones: The Game Show, based on the popular web series, has received a 20-episode series order at truTV. Slated for a 2020 premiere, the show will find teams answering pop culture trivia questions in an effort to win money, all while eating wings covered in increasingly spicy sauces.
* Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me) and Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) have joined CBS Studios’ forthcoming limited series based on James Comey’s bestselling book, A Higher Loyalty. Per Deadline, they will respectively play former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
* The Disney+ dramedy Big Shot, starring John Stamos, has added Shiri Appleby (UnREAL) and Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) to its cast. In the project, which stars Stamos as a temperamental college basketball coach who must take a job at an all-girls high school after getting fired, Appleby will play down-to-earth assistant basketball coach Holly, while Brown will portray the school’s no-nonsense dean, Sherilyn.
* Showtime will release all six episodes of the BBC dramedy Back to Life at midnight on Sunday, Nov. 10, prior to the show’s Stateside debut that night at 10/9c. The episodes — which center on Miri, a woman rebuilding her life after serving an 18-year jail sentence — will be available on the Showtime and Showtime Anytime apps, as well as Showtime On Demand.
* Amazon has unveiled a teaser trailer for its upcoming drama Hunters, starring Al Pacino. Executive-produced by Jordan Peele, the show follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City. Watch the preview below: