ELLEN DEGENERES MULLS END TO SHOW: Ellen DeGeneres is thinking about ending her long-running eponymous talk show, she told The Hollywood Reporter. "Yeah, of course. I think that whenever I'm tired. I think that whenever the show is a little rough to do," she told THR. "I'll know when it's the end. I'll know when I feel it. And I don't feel that right now, so we'll see how long I go. But you know, I didn't think I'd go 16 years. This is crazy. I mean, most shows don't." And when she does pull the plug, she said she’d spend more time doing stand up. "I think once I'm done with the talk show, I'm not somebody that needs to be on stage and in front of the camera all the time. I'm happy to step back when I'm done. I'll be happy to just be doing my brand and doing production," she said. "So once I'm done with the talk show, I think then you'll see me do standup once once in a while and that's it."
FX BOARDS A CHRISTMAS CAROL: FX is in for Peaky Blinders' writer Steven Knight’s forthcoming adaptation of A Christmas Carol, originally written by Charles Dickens. Guy Pearce will play Scrooge and Andy Serkis will take on the Ghost of Christmas Past. Filming is underway. The BBC will air the series in the U.K. and FX will air it in the U.S.
PEYTON ELIZABETH LEE TO STAR IN SOCIETY OF SECOND BORN ROYALS: Disney+ has recruited Andi Mack star Peyton Elizabeth Lee to star in the original movie Secret Society of Second Born Royals, a contemporary take on the princess story. "We are big fans of Peyton and are thrilled that she and the rest of the cast will bring this exciting world to life for Disney+," said Agnes Chu, SVP Content for the streaming service. "We love the themes of self-discovery and empowerment inside Secret Society of Second Born Royals, and our partners at Disney Channel are the perfect team to deliver this movie with adventure, humor and heart."
HILARY SWANK GOING AWAY: Hilary Swank has been cast in the lead role for Netflix’s upcoming drama Away. The two-time Oscar-winner will play American astronaut Emma Green, who is leaving her family behind to command an international space crew headed for Mars.