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“The orig­i­nal play­boy” Hugh Hefner passed away ear­lier this month at the age of 91. But he wasn’t just the founder and ed­i­tor-in-chief of nudie mag Play­boy – Hugh was a bona fide TV star, with more cameos than you could count. Be­sides ap­pear­ing in re­al­ity se­ries Girls Of The Play­boy Man­sion (2005-2010), Hugh popped up in shows like The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, The Simp­sons and En­tourage. There was even a bi­o­graph­i­cal drama se­ries re­leased ear­lier this year called Amer­i­can Play­boy: The Hugh Hefner Story, re­count­ing Hugh’s early years.

Fan­tasy hor­ror se­ries Teen Wolf (2011-2017) ended with an un­spec­i­fied time hop that got fans ask­ing about a pos­si­ble spin- off. But while view­ers spec­u­late about the war waged be­tween Mon­roe and Scott’s armies, showrun­ner Jeff Davis says that “any talk of a spin- off is just ru­mour right now”, ad­ding that he’d love to keep the show go­ing “some­how”. Fans of bloody fan­tasy show The Vampire Di­aries (20092017) won’t have to wait long to see Caro­line (Candice King) again. She posted a photo on set with Joseph Mor­gan, Klaus in Vampire Di­aries spin-off The Orig­i­nals (2013-cur­rent) and cap­tioned it: “Had fun play­ing with this hooli­gan over the past cou­ple of days!”

With the revival of re­al­ity singing show Amer­i­can Idol (2002-cur­rent) gath­er­ing pace, the search for its judg­ing panel has also heated up. Ryan Seacrest will be re­tun­ing to host sea­son 16, with pop­star Katy Perry and coun­try su­per­star Luke Bryan at the judg­ing ta­ble, leav­ing one spot open. Ru­mour has it Lionel Richie could be lined up, but there are bud­get con­straints thanks to Katy’s huge wage bill and Lionel might be too ex­pen­sive.

Sea­son 3 of re­booted sit­com Fuller House (2016-cur­rent) has left fans un­happy. Mary-Kate and Ash­ley Olsen con­tinue to ig­nore pleas to reprise their role as Michelle Tan­ner and showrun­ner Jeff Franklin adds that the show has “given up” on even a cameo for now. He adds that “they know that the door is al­ways open, if they change their minds”.

Young Shel­don (2017-cur­rent) has lived up to the hype and an­tic­i­pa­tion around its première in the US. It is the spin- off of Big Bang The­ory (2007- cur­rent) and fol­lows Shel­don Cooper grow­ing up in Texas. Net­work bosses were so pleased with its per­for­mance that they gave it an im­proved 22- episode or­der af­ter episode 1 had re­tained “98% of the Big Bang au­di­ence, which is un­heard of in the in­dus­try,” ex­plains an insider. Young Shel­don aired im­me­di­ately af­ter Big Bang’s sea­son 11 première, with Iain Ar­mitage play­ing the younger ver­sion of Shel­don, made fa­mous by Jim Par­sons who also nar­rates and ex­ec­u­tive pro­duces the show

Bat­man pre­quel se­ries Gotham (2014-cur­rent) has dashed fans’ hopes of see­ing Har­ley Quinn, with bosses say­ing “it won’t hap­pen”. How­ever the sea­son 4 trailer does fea­ture an­other Bat­man vil­lain: Scare­crow! Good news for fans of drama se­ries Pretty Lit­tle Liars (2010-2017): it’s get­ting a sec­ond spin- off fol­low­ing 2013’s flop Ravenswood. Sasha Pi­eterse and Janel Par­rish will reprise their roles as Ali­son and Mona in Pretty Lit­tle Liars: The Per­fec­tion­ists, which is based on 2014 nov­els The Per­fec­tion­ists, also by Pretty Lit­tle Liars au­thor Sara Shep­ard. The pi­lot has been or­dered by Freecom just three months af­ter Liars ended in the US.

Iain Ar­mitage from Young Shel­don.

Late en­ter­tain­ment mogul Hugh Hefner.

Sasha Pi­eterse from Pretty Lit­tle Liars.

Candice King and Joseph Mor­gan are re­unit­ing on The Orig­i­nals.

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