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Su­per­nat­u­ral thriller se­ries Stranger Things (2016-cur­rent) was shopped to 15 net­works be­fore find­ing a home on Net­flix. The stream­ing ser­vice has beefed up se­cu­rity ahead of sea­son 2 later this year… and not just for its young stars. Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Shawn Levy says that “we lit­er­ally con­sulted with the pro­duc­ers on [fan­tasy se­ries] Game Of Thrones (2011-cur­rent) to learn se­cu­rity pro­to­cols. We pro­tect ev­ery story point and ev­ery page of the script”. The show and cast have also been given co­de­names to en­sure eaves­drop­pers can’t catch on to what’s hap­pen­ing in the fol­lowup sea­son in Oc­to­ber.

Rachel Lind­say, who’s cur­rently try­ing to woo bach­e­lor Nick Viall on sea­son 21 of re­al­ity dat­ing show The Bach­e­lor (2002- cur­rent), has been re­vealed as the next bach­e­lorette in sea­son 13 of The Bach­e­lorette (2003- cur­rent). The 31-year- old at­tor­ney from Dal­las will be the first black lead in ei­ther se­ries but her new role re­veal has ru­ined The Bach­e­lor for fans – it’s ob­vi­ous that things don’t end well for Rachel…

Vin Diesel re­vealed on In­sta­gram that his alien mer­ce­nary char­ac­ter Rid­dick (from 2004 sci-fi movie The Chron­i­cles Of Rid­dick) will be head­ing to TV… sort of. “I got a pi­lot for the Chron­i­cles-in­spired TV show Merc City,” he posted. Noth­ing else is known yet but it looks like Vin won’t be repris­ing his role, adding, “[my daugh­ter] Pauline is too young for me to ac­tu­ally re­turn to the dark role of Rid­dick, but this is a big deal”.

Re­al­ity tal­ent show Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent (2006- cur­rent) needs a new host for sea­son 12. Nick Cannon has quit af­ter it was ru­moured that par­ent net­work NBC were go­ing to fire him for racially of­fen­sive jokes made dur­ing a com­edy spe­cial on Show­time net­work. While NBC has said they planned “to let it slide”, Nick says that “I’d rather not have a job than work in an en­vi­ron­ment where my free­dom of speech is go­ing to be im­paired”.

Prison dram­edy Or­ange Is The New Black (2013-cur­rent) was re­newed for sea­sons 5, 6 and 7 over a year ago but there was no pre­miere date un­til Feb this year. Piper ( Tay­lor Schilling) and her fel­low in­mates will be back in June 2017.

Ja­son Biggs (Jim in the Amer­i­can Pie movies, 1999-2012) has nabbed the lead role in up­com­ing com­edy show Char­lie Fox­trot (2017). He’ll play Cap­tain Char­lie Tay­lor, a well-in­tend­ing den­tist who looks af­ter his crazy fu­ture-sis­ter-in-law and her brats while his sol­dier brother is fight­ing in Iraq.

Movie star Ni­cole Kid­man is adding to her TV ca­reer (she plays Celeste in com­edy Big Lit­tle Lies, 2017-cur­rent) as a pro­ducer. She’s turn­ing Jan­ice YK Lee’s 2016 novel The Ex­pa­tri­ates (about three US women liv­ing in Hong Kong) into a se­ries later this year. Michael C Hall (se­rial killer cop Dex­ter Mor­gan in Dex­ter, 20062013) has a new gig. He’s join­ing sea­son 2 of pe­riod drama The Crown (2016-cur­rent) in Novem­ber as US Pres­i­dent John F Kennedy and the sea­son will fo­cus on The Queen’s life in the ’60s. Re­al­ity show RuPaul’s Drag Race (2009-cur­rent) is bring­ing out the big guns for sea­son 9 this month. Pop star and LGBT (les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der) cham­pion Lady Gaga will be adding her edgy fash­ion knowl­ege as a judge.

Lady Gaga is join­ing RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Rachel Lind­say from The Bach­e­lor.

Nick Cannon has quit Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent.

The Crown’s JFK – Michael C Hall.

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