Trevor Long will join the cast of Hulu’s “Dopesick” in the recurring role of young Rudy Giuliani, Variety has learned exclusively.
The eight-episode limited series about America’s struggle with opioid addiction also features series regulars Michael Keaton, Kaitlyn Dever, Peter Sarsgaard, Will Poulter, Rosario Dawson, John Hoogenakker, Philippa Soo, Michael Stuhlbarg and Jake McDorman.
Based on Beth Macy’s bestselling book, “Dopesick” is written by Danny Strong and directed by Barry Levinson.
Long is best known for his roles as Cade Langmore in Netflix’s “Ozark” and Sean Foster in AMC’s “Low Winter Sun.”
Also in today’s TV news roundup:
Oprah Winfrey and Apple TV Plus have announced that Elliot Page will be featured on the next episode of “The Oprah Conversation,” debuting April 30. “The Oprah Conversation: Elliot Page” will present a deeply honest conversation with the actor, producer and lifelong social justice advocate. In a time when the rights of transgender people are on the ballot in many states, Page will share his life and career struggles and his hopes for transgender people worldwide.
ABC has announced new premiere dates for four summer series: “Press Your Luck” will premiere on May 26 at 8 p.m., immediately followed by “The $100,000 Pyramid”; “Card Sharks” will premiere at 10 p.m. on June 16, and “The Ultimate Surfer” will debut at 10 p.m. on August 23.
HBO announced that “Betty” will return for Season 2 in June. In the skateboarding series’ second season, the five women protagonists navigate the pressures of adulthood during the the pandemic. This season stars Nina Moran, Dede Lovelace, Moonbear, Rachelle Vinberg and Ajani Russell. Recurring cast in Season 2 include Katerina Tannenbaum, Andrew Darnell, Lil’ Dre, Roblé Ali, Rad Pereira, Isabel Palma, Danielle Melendez, Aya Aldamin, Florence Pedrosa Blake Mourad, Alexander Cooper, Raekwon Haynes, Moisés Acevedo, Judah Lang, Joe Apollonio and Sage Cesar. “Betty” is directed by Crystal Moselle, who executive produces alongside Alliah Mourad, Igor Srubshchik, Jason Weinberg and Annie Schmidt.
Starz announced that the new six-part limited series “Little Birds” will premiere on June 6. Starring Juno Temple, Yumna Marwan and Hugh Skinner, the series follows a New York heiress exploring the surprising and degenerate world of Tangier in 1955 after her husband does not receive her the way she expects. With provocative characters and erotic storylines, “Little Birds” is about a woman finding her freedom. Based on Anaïs Nin’s short stories, the series is written by Sophia Al-Maria and directed by Stacie Passon, who executive produces alongside Ruth McCance, Peter Carlton, Mark Herbert, Kara Manley and Cameron Roach.
HBO Max has released a trailer for “Hacks,” which debuts on May 13. The 10-episode season follows the dark relationship between a legendary Las Vegas comedian and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old. Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder star alongside Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Kaitlin Olson, Christopher McDonald, Paul W. Downs, Mark Indelicato, Poppy Liu, Johnny Sibilly, Meg Stalter and Rose Abdoo. “Hacks” is created and showrun by Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky. Downs, Aniello and Statsky executive produce alongside Michael Schur, David Miner and Morgan Sackett. The studio is Universal Television.
Netflix released a teaser for the upcoming action series “Hit & Run,” which will premiere in August. The show follows a happily married man in Tel Aviv whose life is turned upside down when his wife is killed in a hit and run accident. With the help of an ex-lover, he seeks out his wife’s killers, who have fled to the US, and discovers disturbing truths about his late wife and the secrets she kept from him. Lior Raz stars as Segev Azulai alongside Sanaa Lathan, who plays ex-lover and ambitious New York journalist Naomi Hicks. Kaelen Ohm plays Segev’s wife Danielle Wexler, whose secrets are revealed upon her sudden death. Moran Rosenblatt stars as the tough-minded police detective Tali Shapira, and Gal Toren plays Ron Harel, a former special forces op and old army friend of Segev. Gregg Henry plays Martin Wexler, Danielle’s father who is unhappy with his daughter’s choice in husbands, and Lior Ashkenazi is Assaf Talmor, a man mysteriously connected to Danielle who may know more than he presents about her death. “Hit & Run” is created, written and executive produced by Raz and Avi Issacharoff, along with Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, who also serve as showrunners. Mike Barker directs five episodes, including the pilot.
Random House announced that it will publish a new book from Bob Odenkirk, titled “Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir,” out January 18, 2022. In the memoir, the Emmy-winning actor, comedian, writer, director and producer and star of “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” will detail the highs and lows of showbiz and his early career as a comedian, as well as discuss what is was like reinventing his career after 50. Featuring exclusive photos and hilarious stories, the book will be out in hardcover and digital formats, and an audiobook read by Odenkirk himself will be released simultaneously by Penguin Random House Audio. Odenkirk got his start at “Saturday Night Live” and Chicago’s Second City and became a breakout star in his sketch comedy series “Mr. Show” with David Cross. Later on, Odenkirk landed the role of Saul Goodman in “Breaking Bad” and its spin-off series “Better Call Saul,” and this year, he starred in the action-thriller “Nobody.”
DC Entertainment has announced that DC FanDome will return on Oct. 16. The global fan experience celebrates the “world’s greatest superheroes” and reaches fans across 220 countries and territories with over 22 million views. DC Entertainment has yet to announce content, talent and more.
Tribeca Festival has partnered with Roku, Inc. for Tribeca X, which will bring together leading voices in advertising and entertainment on June 18 in New York. Tribeca X will be the first in-person event as part of Tribeca Festival’s 20th anniversary and will feature Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, Roku CEO Anthony Wood and P&G chief brand officer Marc Pritchard. The event will focus on reviving the industry and rebuilding with purpose and inclusion.
SeriesFest has partnered with National Geographic Documentary Films on a new initiative called “Spotlight Your Town,” the non-profit announced exclusively to Variety. Sponsored by Visible, the initiative will elevate independent creators who focus on social justice in their hometowns through episodic storytelling. Out of the documentary submissions, SeriesFest and National Geographic Documentary Films will choose three finalists who will be invited to industry roundtables and paired with a producer or filmmaker to give feedback on their project. The winner(s) will receive a $20,000 grant to be applied to their production, an opportunity to pitch to National Geographic Documentary Films and a six-month mentorship with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Steve James. Visible will also award a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization that aligns with the cause highlighted in the artists’ work.
Luke Bryan, Brian Regan and Rupi Kaur will appear on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” while Justin Theroux, Mike Lindell and Tom Jones will be on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Sen. Bernie Sanders and Julia Michaels will appear on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”; Elisabeth Moss, Ari Melber and Moon Vs Sun will be on “Late Night With Seth Meyers”; “The Late Late Show With James Corden” will feature Jason Schwartzman and Gabby Barrett, and Yvonne Strahovski will be on “A Little Late With Lilly Singh.”