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Ru­mour has it Penny (Ka­ley Cuoco) could be walk­ing out on The Big Bang The­ory (2007-cur­rent) when sea­son 10 ends. Sources say the 30-yearold isn’t happy that Ber­nadette and Howard (Melissa Rauch and Si­mon Hel­berg) have stolen Penny and on­screen hubby Leonard’s (Johnny Galecki) thun­der and she’s ready to wave good­bye to her $1 mil­lion-perepisode con­tract. NB! Read more on p34 & 45. Ka­ley Cuoco is un­set­tled on The Big Bang The­ory.

Med­i­cal drama The Night Shift’s (2014-cur­rent) sea­son 3 fi­nale (Au­gust 2016) saw Dr Zia (Ken Le­ung) fired by the hospi­tal’s new owner and his col­leagues walk out in protest. The cliffhanger has been solved and the fourth sea­son will re­turn in 2017 with­out Ken, who’s con­firmed his de­par­ture “to pur­sue other in­ter­ests de­spite the pro­duc­ers want­ing me to stay,” he says.

Bat­man pre­quel se­ries Gotham (2014-cur­rent) is adding big guns late into its third sea­son. Act­ing vet­eran James Re­mar (Harry Mor­gan in se­rial killer drama show Dex­ter, 2006-2013) has signed on to play Frank Gor­don, un­cle to main character De­tec­tive James Gor­don (Ben McKen­zie), in a re­cur­ring role. Frank’s reemer­gence 25 years after Jim’s dad died in a car crash is go­ing “to rock Jim’s world,” says James. It’s un­known how many episodes he’ll be in or when he’ll make his Gotham de­but.

Zom­bie apocalypse show Z Na­tion (2014-cur­rent) has been re­newed for a fourth sea­son, rank­ing con­sis­tently in net­work NBC’s 10 most-watched scripted se­ries. Mean­while, The Walk­ing Dead’s (2011-cur­rent) rat­ings have dipped from 17 mil­lion for the sea­son 7 pre­miere to 10 mil­lion, its low­est since sea­son 3 in 2012. Emilia Clarke is join­ing Star Wars.

With fan­tasy se­ries Game Of Thrones (2011-cur­rent) wind­ing down, its cast are look­ing else­where for an in­come. And it seems that Emilia Clarke, Daen­erys in Game of Thrones, is head­ing out of this world for work – she’s re­port­edly joined the up­com­ing and as-yetun­ti­tled 2018 Star Wars spin-off film about a young Han Solo (fa­mously played by Har­ri­son Ford in the orig­i­nal Star Wars movies, 1977-cur­rent). Tak­ing over the smug­gler role is Alden Ehren­re­ich, Ho­bie in 2016’s com­edy movie Hail Cae­sar with Ge­orge Clooney.

Drag queen RuPaul (host of fash­ion re­al­ity show RuPaul’s Drag Race, 2009-cur­rent) is tak­ing on com­edy in 2 Broke Girls (2011-cur­rent). But don’t ex­pect out­ra­geous be­hav­iour, hair and fash­ion – RuPaul An­dre Charles will cameo as him­self, giv­ing Max and Caro­line (Kat Den­nings and Beth Behrs) tips on busi­ness and love when he picks them up hitch-hik­ing.

BBC One has re­newed pe­riod nurs­ing drama Call The Mid­wife (2012-cur­rent) for three more sea­sons, tak­ing it up to a to­tal of nine. Sea­sons 7, 8 and 9 will have eight episodes each, with a fur­ther three Christ­mas spe­cials.

Eli­jah Wood (Frodo Bag­gins in the Lord Of The Rings tril­ogy, 2001-2003) has found his new pre­cious with his sci-fi se­ries Dirk Gently’s Holis­tic De­tec­tive Agency (2016-cur­rent). The show, which fol­lows de­tec­tives Dirk Gently (Sa­muel Bar­nett) and his re­luc­tant side­kick Todd Brotz­man (Wood) as they in­ves­ti­gate su­per­nat­u­ral cases, has been re­newed for a 10-episode sec­ond sea­son due in 2017.

Nia Long hasn’t had to wait long to find a new role after her ill-fated sit­com Un­cle Buck (2016) was canned after just seven episodes. She’ll be join­ing the third sea­son of music-in­spired drama Em­pire (2015-present) in the re­cur­ring role of Ve­gas club owner Gi­u­liana, who can’t help but bump heads with fan favourite character Cookie ( Taraji P Hen­son).

Star Trek fans who’ve been miss­ing out on a new TV show to match up with the movie re­boots (2009-cur­rent) are in luck with the newly an­nounced Star Trek: Dis­cov­ery (2017). The 13-episode se­ries will bridge gaps left by Star Trek: En­ter­prise (2001-2005) and will see Michelle Yeoh (Lo­tus in sea­son 2 of Net­flix se­ries Marco Polo, 2014-cur­rent) as Han Bo, cap­tain of the Shen­zhou.

It’s been five years since John Morrison was last seen in the WWE but he’s on the way back to TV… although not in the ring. He’ll be guest star­ring in the up­com­ing sixth sea­son of sit­com Baby Daddy’s (2012-cur­r­net) as hockey player-turned-wrestler Ryan who’s got a se­cret his­tory with his friend Danny’s (Derek Theler) mom.

Matthew Perry’s sit­com The Odd Cou­ple (2015-cur­rent) with Thomas Len­non has been axed after three sea­sons. Also cut from the sched­ule is pe­riod drama show Mas­ters Of Sex (2013-2016), which won’t be re­turn­ing for a fifth sea­son. Par­ent net­work Show­time said in a state­ment, “Mas­ters Of Sex was beau­ti­fully writ­ten and acted. It will still be avail­able on our stream­ing plat­forms.” Matthew Perry needs a new job.

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