AMERICAN HORROR STORY ROUNDS OUT CAST: The upcoming eighth season of FX’s American Horror Story has cast Cody Fern as Michael Langdon, the evil baby from Murder House in Apocalypse. (Fern was also the breakout star of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: Versace). AHS premieres September 12thon FX. Also starring in Apocalypse are Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter, Leslie Grossman and a new face to the franchise, Joan Collins.
RAVI PATEL & GABRIELLA WILDE JOIN WONDER WOMAN: Ravi Patel and Gabriella Wilde are boarding Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman 1984. Their roles are being kept secret, but they are joining a star-studded cast that includes Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal. Earlier, Insecure star and co-producer Natasha Rothwell boarded the DC sequel. The Patty Jenkins-directed film will drop November 1, 2019.
NORMAN LEAR TO BRING BACK ALL IN THE FAMILY FOR SONY? Norman Lear, 96, has signed a two-year first-look deal with Sony Pictures TV. Under the terms, he has the option to reimagine All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times and others. "I couldn’t be prouder and more excited about joining Sony Pictures Television, who has the guts to go with a kid," Lear quipped. He has won four Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards.
NATE BARGATZE AND JERROD CARMICHAEL’S PILOT MOVES TO ABC FROM FOX: Jerrod Carmichael is behind a comedy in the works starring stand-up maestro Nate Bargatze. ABC is giving the pilot the green light; it was originally in development at Fox. The multi-cam series follows Nate and his wife who from California "to Nate’s native Tennessee to raise their 6-year-old daughter with a combination of West Coast and Southern values. But finding the balance proves more difficult than Nate imagined, especially where his parents are concerned."
DISNEY AND FOX SHAREHOLDERS APPROVE MERGER: Disney and 21stCentury Fox shareholders approved the merger of the two companies. The $71.3 billion deal will have to jump through regulatory hoops, but with the Department of Justice signing off on it, the deal is seen as done. The acquisition of Fox will give Disney the film and TV studio assets, plus cable networks like FX , National Geographic and a 30% stake in Hulu. "Combining the 21CF businesses with Disney and establishing new Fox will unlock significant value for our shareholders," Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman, 21st Century Fox said in a statement. "We are grateful to our shareholders for approving this transaction. I want to thank all of our executives and colleagues for their enormous contributions in building 21st Century Fox over the past decades. With their help, we expect the enlarged Disney and new Fox companies will be pre-eminent in the entertainment and media industries."