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posted Oct 2, 2019, 4:54 AM by Ryan Quinn
Grand Hotel is closed for business on ABC.  The network has decided not to renew the drama for a second season, reports Deadline.  The series, executive-produced by Eva Longoria, took place at a Miami Beach hotel and centered on the family who owns the business along with the staff and the secrets they all hide.  Grand Hotel, starring Denyse Tontz, Bryan Craig, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Lincoln Younes, Shalim Ortiz, Anne Winters, Chris Warren, Feliz Ramirez and Justina Adorno, was received well by critics, but suffered weak ratings...

Ava DuVernay is teaming up with HBO Max to develop a series based on the DC Comic DMZ, a civil war drama set in the future, according to Deadline.  The project currently has a pilot order at HBO Max with DuVernay set to direct and Westworld executive producer Robert Patino to serve as writer.  The series will follow a female medic in Manhattan, who, in addition to saving lives in the war-torn city, is desperately searching for her lost son.  She eventually becomes an unlikely source of hope in America.  Production on DMZ is set to start in early 2020...

The Niecy Nash-led TNT drama Claws is set to embark on its final chapter.  According to Variety, TNT has renewed the crime drama for its fourth and final season.  The critically acclaimed series follows Nash as Desna, a Florida nail salon owner who gets caught up in laundering money for a crime family, but later ends up calling the shots.  The series also stars Carrie Preston, Karreuche Tran, Judy Reyes, Jenn Lyon and Harold Perrineau...

Jordan Peele has inked a five-year exclusive, first-look deal with Universal.  Under the new deal, Universal will develop Peele's next two films, which he will write, direct, and produce.  Universal was the studio behind Peele's directorial debut Get Out which, in addition to grossing $176 million at the box office, landed Peele the 2018 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. The studio also released Peele's 2019 horror film, Us.  This is the latest major venture for Peele, who also has a first-look TV deal with Amazon Studios... 

Cherie Johnson, who played the character of the same name in the 1980s series Punky Brewster, will reprise the role in the upcoming sequel, according to Deadline.  The new series, with original star Soleil Moon Frye returning as the titular character, catches up with Frye's Punky -- now a single mother of three and attempting to get her life back together -- when she meets a younger version of herself.  The original Punky Brewster aired on NBC for four seasons between 1984 and 1988.  An animated spinoff, with Frye reprising her Punky character, ran from 1985-86.  The sequel has a pilot order at Peacock, NBCU’s upcoming streaming platform, set to launch in April 2020...
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