Sarita Choudhury, Nicole Ari Parker and Karen Pittman have joined the cast of HBO Max’s “And Just Like That,” a revival of “Sex and the City.”
Choudhury will play Seema Patel, a single, self-made powerhouse Manhattan real estate broker. Parker plays Lisa Todd Wexley, a Park Avenue mother of three and documentarian, while Pittman plays Dr. Nya Wallace, a brilliant, challenging Columbia Law professor.
They join previously announced new cast additions Sara Ramírez, Chris Noth, Mario Cantone, David Eigenberg, Willie Garson and Evan Handler. The 10-episode series shoots in New York this summer.
“And Just Like That…” will bring back “Sex and the City’s” Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte”(Kristin Davis), now navigating life, love and friendship in their 50s.
Parker, Davis, Nixon, Julie Rottenberg, Elisa Zuritsky, John Melfi and Michael Patrick King serve as executive producers on the series.
Choudhury is represented by Buchwald and Washington Square Films; Parker is represented by Gersh and Vault Entertainment; and Pittman is represented by AMPR, TalentWorks, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman.
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MTV announced that “The Challenge: Spies, Lies and Allies” will premiere on Aug. 11. For the first time, the franchise — now in its 37th season — will feature 17 international players competing alongside U.S. contestants. The season will take place on the Mediterranean coast of Croatia. This season’s cast includes veterans Tori Deal, Nany Gonzalez, Aneesa Ferreira, Ashley Mitchell, Kaycee Clark, Amanda Garcia, Big T, Nelson Thomas, Cory Wharton, Josh Martinez, Kyle Christie, Fessy Shafaat, CT Tamburello, Devin Walker and Nam Vo, alongside rookies Michela Bradshaw, Michele Fitzgerald, Tacha Akide, Emy Alupei, Berna Canbeldek, Priscilla Anyabu, Tracy Candela, Bettina Buchanan, Esther Agunbiade, Lauren Coogan, Corey Lay, Jeremiah White, Tommy Sheenan, Gabo Szabo, Hughie Maughan, Emmanuel Neagu, Logan Sampedro, Kelz Dyke and Renan Hellemans. Executive produced by Dan Caster, Julie Pizzi, Emer Harkin, Ryan Smith and Danny Wascou, “The Challenge” was created for MTV by Bunim/Murray Productions. James Rodriguez and Leanne Mucci serve as co-executive producers.
Peacock announced that the first three episodes of Kevin Hart’s new talk show “Hart to Heart” will debut on Aug. 5, with new episodes dropping weekly on Thursday. Each episode will see Hart sit back and have a glass of wine with A-list talent while engaging in an unfiltered conversation. The comedian will dig deep to find out what makes these world-class influencers tick, their goals and aspirations, their journey to stardom and the obstacles they overcame to reach their lofty status. No topics are off-limits. “Hart to Heart” guests will be announced each week ahead of the drop. Hart, Jeff Clanagan, Candice Wilson Cherry, Thai Randolph and Todd Yasui will serve as executive producers.
HBO Max announced that the comedy special “Marlon Wayans: You Know What It Is” will premiere on Aug. 19. Marking the first project to debut through Wayans’ overall deal with HBO Max, the special will see the comedian explore his deepest fears, such as raising a daughter, dealing with a rebellious teenage son and the realization that his bad decisions are what tore his family apart. Wayans, Rick Alvarez, Troy Miller, Michael Rotenberg and Steve Harris serve as executive producers on the project.
HBO Max also announced “The Way Down,” a five-part docuseries about the controversial Remnant Fellowship Church and its founder, will premiere with the first three episodes on Sept. 30. The docuseries explores how the late Gwen Shamblin Lara, who created the Christian weight loss program “The Weigh Down Workshop,” rose to fame as a diet guru and church leader. Encompassing two years of extensive research, interviews and investigation, “The Way Down” details the controversial practices of the Remnant Fellowship, including stories of abuse and exploitation as told by former members and others who were personally impacted. “The Way Down” is directed by Marina Zenovich and executive produced by Zenovich, journalist Nile Cappello, Ross Dinerstein, Luke Dillon and Chrissy Teigen. P.G. Morgan, Rebecca Evans and Ross Girard serve as co-executive producers. The music for the series is composed by Isobel Waller-Bridge.
Hulu announced “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” Season 2 will premiere on Sept. 8 with the first three episodes. The new season sees Wu-Tang Clan disillusioned with life in the projects. Bobby (Ashton Sanders) knows that success in the music industry could be their ticket to better lives, but getting the other members to drop everything for music proves to be difficult. “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” is executive produced by Alex Tse, The RZA, Method Man, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo.
Netflix released a trailer for the upcoming second season of “Outer Banks,” which will premiere on July 30. The coming-of-age series follows a tight-knit group of local teens called the Pogues who discover a legendary treasure that changes their lives. After their near-death escape, the second season finds John B (Chase Stokes) and Sarah (Madelyn Cline) on the run in the Bahamas, while the stakes for Kiara (Madison Bailey), Pope (Jonathan Daviss) and J.J. (Rudy Pankow) rapidly escalate at home. The $400 million is still in the game, but will the uncovering of a newfound secret reunite the group for a fresh mission? The adventure of a lifetime awaits, but uncharted waters ahead mean our Pogues must do all they can to make it out alive. “Outer Banks” also stars Austin North, Drew Starkey, Charles Esten, Caroline Arapoglou, Carlacia Grant, Elizabeth Mitchell, Julia Antonelli, Deion Smith, Cullen Moss and Nicholas Cirillo. Creators Jonas Pate, Josh Pate and Shannon Burke serve as executive producers.
Epix announced that “Bridge and Tunnel” has been renewed for a second season. Written and directed by star Edward Burns, the dramedy series is set in the early 1980s and follows a group of recent college grads setting out to pursue their dreams in Manhattan while still clinging to the familiarity of their working-class Long Island hometown. Production will commence this fall in New York, with an eye towards a 2022 premiere. The series also stars Sam Vartholomeos, Caitlin Stasey, Gigi Zumbado, JanLuis Castellanos, Brian Muller and Isabella Farrell. Burns serves as an executive producer alongside Aaron Lubin and Lori Keith.
Lance Frank has been named senior vice president of communications for CBS News, formalizing his existing role in the department and adding new responsibilities. Frank will oversee several new areas, including the promotion of cross-division initiatives, 60 Minutes Plus and the Race & Culture Unit. He also continues to oversee communications for the CBS Evening News and the Washington Bureau. Since joining CBS News a decade ago, Frank has established the media organization’s presence in Washington and managed their communications efforts through several political seasons.
Don Cheadle, Cecily Strong and BTS will appear on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” while Chris Bosh and Moneybagg Yo will be featured on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” with guest host Phoebe Robinson. Mindy Kaling and Wally Baram will be on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” while “Late Night With Seth Meyers” will have on Florence Pugh, Questlove, Walk the Moon and Charlie Benante.