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Ashley Tisdale Joins New CBS Comedy Series "Carol’s Second Act" In Recasting

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Ashley Tisdale Joins New CBS Comedy Series
Exclusive: Ashley Tisdale has joined new CBS comedy series Carol’s Second Act, starring Patricia Heaton, as a series regular. The show, set to air on Thursdays in the fall, hails from Trophy Wife creators Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Heaton and David Hunt’s FourBoys Entertainment and CBS TV Studios.

Tisdale replaces Bonnie Dennison who co-starred in the pilot. She also will continue as a series regular on another upcoming Kapital Entertainment comedy series, Merry Happy Whatever on Netflix.

Written by Halpern and Haskins, Carol’s Second Act centers around Carol Chambers (Heaton), who after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: she’s going to become a doctor.

Tisdale will play Jenny, Carol’s (Heaton) big-hearted daughter. She is a pharmaceutical rep and covers Carol’s hospital. Jenny loves and is supportive of her mom, and
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‘Booksmart’ Film Review: Debut Director Olivia Wilde Delivers Witty Coming-of-Age Comedy

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‘Booksmart’ Film Review: Debut Director Olivia Wilde Delivers Witty Coming-of-Age Comedy
How do you begin describing the movie you have been unknowingly waiting for your entire life? Do I start by telling you how incredibly hilarious “Booksmart” is? Or do I tell you how first-time feature film director Olivia Wilde created a resoundingly smart, inclusive, modern and revolutionary film for today’s teens?

How about this: “Booksmart” is, by far, one of the most perfect coming-of-age comedies I have ever seen.

Ride-or-die best friends and academic overachievers Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) are a day shy of their high school graduation. Molly belatedly discovers that while she and Amy solely focused on homework, studying, and getting a fake ID solely for the purposes of using an all-night college library throughout high school, her partying peers are somehow also heading to Ivy League schools. Determined to have one last blast of hedonism before high school ends, she convinces Amy to
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Listen: Natalie Morales Forgives Justin Theroux For Looking Too Hot in ‘The Leftovers’

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Listen: Natalie Morales Forgives Justin Theroux For Looking Too Hot in ‘The Leftovers’
Natalie Morales’ character on the new NBC sitcom “Abby’s” is believed to be the first bisexual lead on a primetime sitcom. But Morales notes that it’s not the character’s defining characteristic.

“It’s one of the many things about her but it doesn’t define our show,” she told Variety‘s “My Favorite Episode” podcast. “I’ve been really lucky in my acting career thus far, my characters have just happened to be Latina, they’re never about that. While we need representation in general in many fields I happen to belong to some of, it does annoy me that a lot of the time when we get representation it’s given to us by people who are trying to fill a category. There are a lot of well-meaning white people who try to tell stories that are not theirs, so why not just write a character
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Rihanna New Fenty Luminizer Called ‘Who Needs Clothes’ (Not Her) for Real! (See!)

Rihanna is leading a new campaign for Body Lava luminizers from Fenty Beauty. She posted stunning images of herself and a new video that captures her mesmerizing beauty. She’s bringing back Fenty Beauty Body Lava luminizers. She’s featured in the campaign wearing her “Trophy Wife” shade. The product also comes in two other shades: “Who Needs Clothes” and “Brown Sugar.” Photographed by Dennis Leupold, Rihanna is the epitome of all three. She glows along with her tiny metallic gold dress. Jahleel Weaver styled the shoot with makeup by Priscilla Ono and hair by Yusef. The post Rihanna New Fenty Luminizer
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‘Carol’s Second Act’: Jean-Luc Bilodeau To Co-Star In CBS’ Patricia Heaton Comedy Pilot

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‘Carol’s Second Act’: Jean-Luc Bilodeau To Co-Star In CBS’ Patricia Heaton Comedy Pilot
Former Baby Daddy star Jean Luc Bilodeau is set as a lead opposite Patricia Heaton in CBS comedy pilot Carol’s Second Act. Starring and executive produced by Heaton, it hails from Trophy Wife creators Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Heaton and David Hunt’s FourBoys Entertainment and CBS TV Studios.

Written by Halpern and Haskins, Carol’s Second Act centers on Carol Chambers (Heaton), who after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: She’s going to become a doctor.

Bilodeau will play Daniel, the second member of Carol’s quartet of interns. He graduated from Harvard in 2014 and from Harvard Medical School in 2018 and already is published in The New England Journal of Medicine — twice.

Halpern and Haskins executive produce with Heaton, Hunt and Rebecca Stay for FourBoys, Heaton’s manager, Adam Griffin, and Kaplan and Dana Honor for Kapital Entertainment.
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‘Carol’s Second Act’: Kyle MacLachlan Cast In CBS’ Patricia Heaton Comedy Pilot

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‘Carol’s Second Act’: Kyle MacLachlan Cast In CBS’ Patricia Heaton Comedy Pilot
Former Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan is set to co-star opposite Patricia Heaton in CBS comedy pilot Carol’s Second Act, starring and executive produced by Heaton. It hails from Trophy Wife creators Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Heaton and David Hunt’s FourBoys Entertainment and CBS TV Studios.

Written by Halpern and Haskins, Carol’s Second Act centers on Carol Chambers (Heaton), who after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: She’s going to become a doctor.

MacLachlan will play Dr. Frost. Handsome, affable and accomplished, he is the Senior Attending Physician on the ward (as well as the Department Chair) and thinks he’s funnier than he is. Considerably more empathetic than Dr. Maya (Ito Aghayere), Dr. Frost takes an immediate shine to Carol. Bonnie Dennison also co-stars.

Halpern and Haskins executive produce with Heaton,
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‘Carol’s Second Act’: Bonnie Dennison & Ito Aghayere Cast In CBS’ Patricia Heaton Comedy Pilot

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‘Carol’s Second Act’: Bonnie Dennison & Ito Aghayere Cast In CBS’ Patricia Heaton Comedy Pilot
Exclusive: Bonnie Dennison (Third Watch) and Ito Aghayere (Logan Lucky) are set as series regulars opposite Patricia Heaton in CBS comedy pilot Carol’s Second Act, starring and executive produced by Heaton, from Trophy Wife creators Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Heaton and David Hunt’s FourBoys Entertainment and CBS TV Studios.

Written by Halpern and Haskins, Carol’s Second Act centers around Carol Chambers (Heaton), who after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: she’s going to become a doctor.

Dennison will play Jenny, Carol’s big-hearted daughter who became a pharmaceutical rep because, as a pretty and charming young woman, it’s an easy job. Jenny loves and is supportive of Carol, and her practical and outgoing demeanor is a buoyant counterpoint to Carol’s neurotic medical colleagues.

Aghayere portrays Dr. Maya, the Chief Resident
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Pam Fryman To Direct CBS Pilots ‘Carol’s Second Act’ Starring Patricia Heaton & ‘The Us Project’

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Updated: Veteran multi-camera comedy director Pam Fryman has been tapped to direct and executive produce CBS comedy pilots Carol’s Second Act, starring and executive produced by Patricia Heaton, and The Us Project (fka The Story Of Us), from Mike Royce and Nick Stoller.

Carol’s Second Act hails from Trophy Wife creators Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Heaton and David Hunt’s FourBoys Entertainment and CBS TV Studios, where FourBoys is based. Written by Halpern and Haskins, it centers around Carol Chambers (Heaton), who after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: she’s going to become a doctor.

Halpern and Haskins executive produce with Heaton, Hunt and Rebecca Stay for FourBoys, Heaton’s manager, Adam Griffin, and Kaplan and Dana Honor for Kapital Entertainment. CBS TV Studios is the studio.

The Us Project is a hybrid comedy from Royce,
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Malin Akerman Joins NBC Drama Pilot ‘Prism’

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Malin Akerman Joins NBC Drama Pilot ‘Prism’
Malin Akerman has been cast in a lead role of the NBC drama pilot “Prism,” Variety has learned.

“Prism” is an exploration of a murder trial in which every episode is told through the perspective of a different key person involved. Each new version of the facts ratchets up the mystery and the suspense, calling into question everything we have seen so far and asking if the right person is on trial. Driven by an ensemble of complicated characters, the show lets the audience ask if truth matters less than who can tell the most compelling story.

Akerman will play Rachel Lewis, described as an Erin Brockovich-type force of nature. Rachel is empathetic as she is ruthless and a brilliantly passionate public defender.

Akerman currently appears on the Showtime drama “Billions.” Variety has confirmed that Akerman will remain on that show, but will now appear in a recurring role. Akerman
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Patricia Heaton Comedy ‘Carol’s Second Act’ From ‘Trophy Wife’ Duo & Kapital Gets CBS Pilot Order

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CBS has given a formal pilot order to multi-camera comedy Carol’s Second Act, starring and executive produced by Patricia Heaton in her return to the network after a successful nine-season run on ABC’s The Middle. Carol’s Second Act, which had a hefty series commitment, hails from Trophy Wife creators Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Heaton and David Hunt’s FourBoys Entertainment and CBS TV Studios, where FourBoys is based.

Written by Halpern and Haskins, Carol’s Second Act centers around Carol Chambers (Heaton), who after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: she’s going to become a doctor.

Halpern and Haskins executive produce with Heaton, Hunt and Rebecca Stay for FourBoys, Heaton’s manager, Adam Griffin, and Kaplan and Dana Honor for Kapital Entertainment. CBS TV Studios is the studio.

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The pilot brings
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CBS Orders Patricia Heaton Comedy Pilot ‘Carol’s Second Act’

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CBS Orders Patricia Heaton Comedy Pilot ‘Carol’s Second Act’
Patricia Heaton has set her followup to “The Middle,” and it involves a return to her old stomping grounds. CBS, where Heaton starred for years on the sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” has ordered the pilot “Carol’s Second Act,” a multi-camera comedy in which she stars.

Heaton will also serve as an executive producer on the project, alongside Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins — creators of the short-lived ABC comedy “Trophy Wife” — who will pen the script.

The series stars Heaton as Carol Chambers who, after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: she’s going to become a doctor.

Also Read: TV Pilot Season 2019: TheWrap's Complete Guide

The CBS Television Studios project is part of Heaton and David Hunt’s FourBoys Entertainment production deal with CBS TV Studios. The series is also from Kapital Entertainment. Additional executive producers include Adam Griffin,
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Patricia Heaton Comedy ‘Carol’s Second Act’ Scores Pilot Order at CBS

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Patricia Heaton Comedy ‘Carol’s Second Act’ Scores Pilot Order at CBS
The Patricia Heaton-led comedy series “Carol’s Second Act” is one step closer to the airwaves.

The broadcaster has given out a pilot order for the multi-cam comedy, in which Heaton would star and executive produce. Heaton is set to play Carol Chambers who, after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: she’s going to become a doctor.

The series hails from writers and executive producers Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins. In addition to Heaton, Adam Griffin, David Hunt, and Rebecca Stay of Heaton’s FourBoys Entertainment will executive produce along with Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment. CBS Television Studios will produce. In August, Heaton and FourBoys signed a pod deal with CBS TV Studios.

The project received a series commitment with a substantial penalty attached back in October but still needs a formal series order.

Halpern and
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CBS Orders Pilot for Patricia Heaton Comedy Carol's Second Act

CBS Orders Pilot for Patricia Heaton Comedy Carol's Second Act
Patricia Heaton is one step closer to her next act: CBS has ordered a pilot for Carol’s Second Act, a sitcom starring the Emmy-winning actress, TVLine has learned.

The multi-cam comedy — first announced in October — stars Heaton as Carol Chambers, who, “after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: She’s going to become a doctor,” per the network’s description. Heaton will also serve as an executive producer on the project, should it get picked up to series. Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins (black-ish, Trophy Wife) will pen the pilot.

Heaton
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Malin Akerman Signs With UTA (Exclusive)

Malin Akerman Signs With UTA (Exclusive)
Malin Akerman has signed with UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. She previously was with Wme.

The actress stars opposite Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti and Maggie Siff on Billions, which Showtime has renewed for a fourth season. She also flexed her comedy muscles as a series regular on Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital, HBO's The Comeback and ABC's Trophy Wife.

In film, Akerman most recently starred as the villain in the Dwayne Johnson starrer Rampage, and her other credits include The Ticket, I'll See You in My Dreams, The Final Girls, Couples Retreat and Watchmen. She will next star opposite Kat Dennings in the comedy feature Friendsgiving, which she ...
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Patricia Heaton Follows Up 'The Middle' With A New Series, 'Carol's Second Act'

No one could ever accuse actress Patricia Heaton of slowing down and taking it easy. If she did, of course, it would be perfectly understandable when you consider that she spent nine years from 1996 to 2005 playing Debra Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond (for which she took home a pair of Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series), and another nine as Francis "Frankie" Heck on The Middle from 2009 to 2018. Well, she's wasting no time getting ready to jump back into the sitcom saddle yet again with the brand new series, Carol's Second Act. Like Raymond, this show will be a three-camera series shot in front of a studio audience (which The Middle was not). In Carol's Second Act, Patricia, 60, plays Carol Chambers, who has spent a good portion of her life working as a teacher and raising two children, and is looking for change.
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Patricia Heaton to Star in Multi-Cam CBS Comedy Carol's Second Act

Less than five months after The Middle wrapped its nine-season run on ABC, star Patricia Heaton has already found her next major project: the title role in a new CBS comedy, our sister site Deadline reports. Carol’s Second Act, which has received a series commitment at CBS, finds Heaton playing a mother of two who retires from teaching to become a doctor.

Heaton (via her and David Hunt’s FourBoys Entertainment) will also executive-produce the multi-camera comedy, which comes from Trophy Wife creators Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, as well as Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios. This new
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Patricia Heaton to Star in Multi-Cam Comedy Series at CBS

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Patricia Heaton to Star in Multi-Cam Comedy Series at CBS
Patricia Heaton is returning to CBS.

The former “Everybody Loves Raymond” star, fresh off her recent starring gig on ABC’s “The Middle,” is set to star in and executive produce a multi-camera comedy that has received a series commitment at CBS.

Titled “Carol’s Second Act,” the series follows mom Carol Chambers who, after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act by deciding to become a doctor.

The series hails from writers and executive producers Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins. In addition, Adam Griffin, David Hunt, and Rebecca Stay of Heaton’s FourBoys Entertainment will executive produce along with Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment. CBS Television Studios will produce. In August, Heaton and FourBoys signed a pod deal with CBS TV Studios.

Halpern and Haskins most recently worked on ABC shows like “The Mayor,” “Black-ish,” and “Imaginary Mary.” The
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‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Star Patricia Heaton Sets CBS Return With ‘Carol’s Second Act’

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‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Star Patricia Heaton Sets CBS Return With ‘Carol’s Second Act’
Patricia Heaton has set her followup to “The Middle,” and it involves a return to her old stomping grounds.

CBS, where Heaton starred for years on the sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” has given a series commitment to “Carol’s Second Act,” a multi-camera comedy in which she stars. Heaton will also serve as an executive producer. Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, who created the short-lived ABC comedy “Trophy Wife,” will pen the script.

The series would star Heaton as Carol Chambers, a retired teacher who attempts to become a doctor.

Also Read: 'The Middle' Spinoff to Reunite Brad Bottig With Sue Heck

The project is part of Heaton and David Hunt’s FourBoys Entertainment production deal with CBS TV Studios. The series is also from Kapital Entertainment. Additional executive producers include Adam Griffin, Rebecca Stay, Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor.

News of Heaton’s new CBS series comes
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Patricia Heaton To Star In Multi-Camera Comedy From ‘Trophy Wife’ Duo & Kapital Set At CBS With Series Commitment

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Patricia Heaton To Star In Multi-Camera Comedy From ‘Trophy Wife’ Duo & Kapital Set At CBS With Series Commitment
Exclusive: Patricia Heaton has picked her followup series starring vehicle to ABC’s The Middle, signing on to topline and executive produce multi-camera comedy Carol’s Second Act, which has received a series commitment at CBS. The project hails from Trophy Wife creators Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Heaton and David Hunt’s FourBoys Entertainment and CBS TV Studios, where FourBoys is based.

Written by Halpern and Haskins, Carol’s Second Act centers around Carol Chambers (Heaton), who after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: she’s going to become a doctor.

Halpern and Haskins executive produce with Heaton, Hunt and Rebecca Stay for FourBoys, Heaton’s manager, Adam Griffin, and Kaplan and Dana Honor for Kapital Entertainment. CBS TV Studios is the studio.

The deal brings Heaton back to multi-camera comedy and to CBS where she starred on Everybody Loves Raymond,
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Handmaid's Tale Ups Bradley Whitford to Series Regular for Season 3

Handmaid's Tale Ups Bradley Whitford to Series Regular for Season 3
Commander Lawrence isn’t leaving Gilead anytime soon: Bradley Whitford will return for Season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale as a series regular, our sister site Deadline is reporting. Whitford appeared in the final two episodes of Season 2 as Commander Lawrence, a conflicted economist who played a major role in the creation of Gilead, but later orchestrated an escape from the oppressive regime for June and Emily. (June opted to stay behind, though, to find a way to rescue her daughter Hannah.)

The Hulu drama’s executive producer Bruce Miller hinted in a conference call with reporters that we’d
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