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Stranger Things Season 4 Adds Cast, Including Master of Horror Robert Englund

Plus, The Last of Us is ordered to series at HBO, Ezra Miller will play Trashcan Man in The Stand, Seth Rogen is developing a Darkwing Duck series for Disney+, and more top TV and streaming news.

by | November 20, 2020 | Comments

Horror icon Robert Englund and Game of Thrones alum Tom Wlaschiha are among the actors joining season 4 of Stranger Things, HBO orders The Last of Us to series, and Justice League star Ezra Miller will play a manic pyromaniac in CBS All Access’ star-studded adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. Plus, Conan O’Brien is leaving late-night, a Darkwing Duck reboot is in the works at Disney+, Lifetime is giving a new definition to “home for the holidays,” and more of the week’s top TV and streaming news.


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Stranger Things Stocks Up on New Talent for Season 4

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Stranger Things 4 announced new cast members, including horror icon Robert Englund, for the new season. In a thread on Friday, the Stranger Things Twitter account announced the following actors and descriptions of their new roles (listed as pictured, starting clockwise from top left):

  • “Robert Englund aka Victor Creel is a disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for a gruesome murder in the 1950s.
  • Eduardo Franco aka Argyle: Jonathan’s new BFF. We stan a fun-loving stoner who proudly delivers delicious pizza pies for Surfer Boy Pizza.
  • Nikola Djuricko aka Yuri is a seedy and unpredictable Russian smuggler who loves bad jokes, cold hard cash, and crunchy style peanut butter. …..Same.
  • Joseph Quinn aka Eddie Munson. He’s the head of the Hawkins High official D&D Club, The Hellfire Club.
  • Jamie Campbell Bower aka Peter Ballard is a caring man who works as an orderly at a psychiatric hospital. Tired of the brutality he witnesses day after day, will Peter finally take a stand?
  • Tom Wlaschiha aka Dmitri, a smart and charming Russian prison guard. But can he be trusted?
  • Mason Dye aka Jason Carver is a handsome, rich athlete who is dating the most popular girl in school. But as a new evil threatens Hawkins, his perfect world begins to unravel.
  • Sherman Augustus aka Lt. Colonel Sullivan. He’s an intelligent, no-nonsense man who believes he knows how to stop the evil in Hawkins once and for all.”

The images included were posted upside down. Does this mean fans will spend more time in the Upside Down this season? Stay tuned…


HBO Orders Video Game Adaptation The Last of Us to Series

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HBO has given a series order to drama series The Last of Us, based on the award-winning video game series, the cable network announced Friday.

Craig Mazin (Chernobyl), Neil Druckmann (The Last of Us and Uncharted video game franchises), and Carolyn Strauss (HBO’s Chernobyl and Game of Thrones) are executive producers along with Naughty Dog’s Evan Wells and PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan. Written by Mazin and Druckmann, the series is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television. PlayStation Productions, Word Games, and Naughty Dog produce.

The story of video game The Last of Us, developed by Naughty Dog exclusively for the PlayStation platforms, takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Hardened survivor Joel is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie out of an oppressive quarantine zone. The two embark on an unexpectedly brutal, heartbreaking journey, traversing across the U.S. and depending on each other for survival.


Trailers: Wonder Woman 1984, Batwoman, American Gods, and More

News came this week that Wonder Woman 1984 will stream on HBO Max simultaneously with its theatrical release on Christmas Day.

Visit Rotten Tomatoes TV on YouTube for the latest trailers.


Casting: Ezra Miller Joins The Stand

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Fantastic Beasts and Justice League star Ezra Miller can add another adaptation of a beloved intellectual property to his resume: He’ll be starring as Trashcan Man in CBS All Access’ limited series adaptation of the Stephen King novel, The Stand. Set after a global pandemic that wipes out most of the human race, this character is a fire-obsessed unhinged disciple the nefarious Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgard).

“What excites me is the deception of behavior and appearances,” Miller told Entertainment Weekly. “Trash is the underestimated and misinterpreted amongst us.”

The Stand premieres Dec. 17 on the streaming service.


READ MORE: Everything We Know About Stephen King’s New The Stand Miniseries


Mary-Louise Parker and Nick Offerman will play Colin Kaepernick’s parents in Colin in Black & White, Netflix’s limited series about the football player and activist. It was previously announced that Jaden Michael would play Kaepernick.

Alec Baldwin and Kelsey Grammer will star in an as-yet-untitled ABC multi-cam comedy with an Odd Couple-like premise: Men who were roommates in their 20s before drifting apart and forced to cohabitate once again. (Vulture)

Cybill Shepherd will star in the Showtime comedy pilot I Love This For You also starring (and executive produced by) Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer. The press release describes Shepherd’s role as an “icy, enigmatic founder and CEO of a popular home shopping network.”

Nick Jonas returns as a judge for Season 20 of NBC’s The Voice, replacing Gwen Stefani.


Conan O’Brien to End His Late-Night TBS Series

Conan O'Brien
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After 28 years as a late-night TV host — 10 of which were spent headlining his current eponymous TBS series, Conan — Conan O’Brien is shifting courses. The comedian will be ending his weekly talk show in June 2021 to plot out a new, weekly variety series for streaming service HBO Max.

“In 1993 Johnny Carson gave me the best advice of my career: ‘As soon as possible, get to a streaming platform.’ I’m thrilled that I get to continue doing whatever the hell it is I do on HBO Max, and I look forward to a free subscription,” O’Brien joked in the press release.

He will continue to do his travel programs, Conan Without Borders, for the cable channel.


Development News: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg’s Darkwing Duck Disney+ Series

Darkwing Duck
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Variety reports that a reboot of the animated series Darkwing Duck is in early stages of development at Disney+. While no writer is attached, the outlet reports that the series will be executive produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, and Alex McAtee of Point Grey Pictures.

Wonder Girl is the latest DC Comics-based series in development at The CW. If it goes to series, this would be the first lead Latina superhero of a DC TV series. It’s executive produced by Queen of the South’s Dailyn Rodriguez and Berlanti Productions. (Deadline)

Boardwalk Empire’s Terence Winter has parted ways with HBO Max’s The Batman series … (Variety)

… But he is developing a Dial M for Murder series with Alicia Vikander. (Variety)

Lee Daniels is developing a Waiting to Exhale series for ABC. (The Hollywood Reporter)

50 Cent and Mary J. Blige are among the producers of a musical comedy series called Family Affair. It has a put pilot order at ABC. (Variety)


Lifetime Lets You Live Out Your Christmas Movie Fantasy

VRBO Lifetime Holiday House in Greenwich, CT - Nov. 4, 2020.
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Wish your life was as magical as a TV holiday movie? Lifetime and vacation rental service Vrbo can make that happen with their It’s a Wonderful Lifetime Holiday House rental. This Connecticut rental is decorated to look like a gingerbread home. Bookings open at 1 p.m. EST on Nov. 23 via Vrbo.com.

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