NBC Drops ‘Cruel Intentions’ TV Series Sequel

Cruel Intentions television show

Sony Television now must find a new home for their Cruel Intentions television series, a sequel to the 1999 film starring Sarah Michelle GellarReese Witherspoon, and Ryan Phillippe. Gellar reprised the role of Kathryn Merteuil for the pilot, of which two versions — one raunchier, one safer — were considered by NBC. The network has decided against picking up the pilot.

Below, learn more about the Cruel Intentions television show.

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Cruel Intentions TV Series

Update from editor Peter Sciretta: It’s official, Sarah Michelle Gellar has signed on to reprise her role in a television version of Cruel Intentions for NBC.  On February 6th we reported that Gellar had been approached to appear in the series and now Variety confirms the earlier report.

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Star Wars Rebels Sarah Michelle Gellar

Back in the spring, we learned that Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar would be bringing her voice talents to the Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels. When she was cast in the series, however, her character was kept secret.

But now that the second season premiere is almost upon us (The Siege of Lothal aired in June, as a sort of in-between “movie”), Gellar has finally been allowed to reveal who she’ll be playing. Thanks to an Instagram post of the actress wearing some familiar hair buns, many speculated she would voice Princess Leia, but that couldn’t be more wrong. Get the details on the Star Wars Rebels Sarah Michelle Gellar character after the jump! Read More »

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we’ll take a look at the following:

  • 5 easter eggs you may have missed in the Star Wars: the Force Awakens 360 degree Jakku video.
  • Anthony Ingruber was almost cast as Han Solo.
  • Find out when you can play the Star Wars Battlefront video game beta.
  • Is Disney considering Force Awakens meet and greets at Disneyland?
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar will finally reveal details about her role in Star Wars Rebels.
  • Promotional Star Wars: the Force Awakens character posters released reminiscent of the Olly Moss original trilogy prints.
  • See new images and learn more about the new Chewbacca comic book series.
  • A new rumor as to the identity of Max von Sydow’s character in The Force Awakens.
  • See more cover art from the Star Wars: Shattered Empire comic books.
  • The above web comic strip was created by Matt Rhodes.

All this and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace to begin.

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Joseph Nicklo Force Awakens poster

Lots of good stuff spanning the galaxy in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about:

  • George Lucas was spotted in a NYC comic book shop buying Marvel’s new Star Wars comics.
  • A synopsis for the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens novel Star Wars: Aftermath is now online.
  • John Williams will reportedly record The Force Awakens score this summer.
  • One Force Awakens crew member is auctioning off authentic merchandise for a great cause.
  • The identity of Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s Star Wars Rebels character may have been revealed if rumors are true.
  • See a preview of Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 by Marvel.
  • Cost and details on Star Wars Celebration autographs are now available.
  • What exactly happens in the big Star Wars: The Force Awakens IMAX sequence?

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Star Wars Rebels
Disney has announced that Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) is joining the voice cast of Star Wars Rebels. Gellar will be joining her husband Freddie Prinze Jr. for the second season of the Disney XD animated series. No word on what Gellar’s role may be in the show, but we do know that its a recurring role and not a guest appearance. Hit the jump to read the full Sarah Michelle Gellar Star Wars Rebels press release.

(Note that a spoiler for the first season finale of Star Wars Rebels is in the last two paragraphs of the release.)

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The pilot casting blitz isn’t over yet. Also after the jump:

  • Kristen Wiig‘s Arrested Development role revealed
  • Yeah, NBC is probably going to cancel Up All Night
  • HBO decides not to go with James Gandolfini‘s pilot
  • HBO’s cancelled drama Luck finds new life as a blog
  • Survey says House of Cards is a success for Netflix
  • Nerdist’s Celebrity Bowling could head to AMC
  • Judd Apatow‘s Simpsons script is getting a rewrite
  • Watch the full-length trailer for A&E’s Bates Motel

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With the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour in full swing, there’s no shortage of TV news at the start of this week. After the jump:

  • Ryan Murphy‘s Normal Heart is coming to HBO
  • Ricky GervaisLife’s Too Short will end this season
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to TV with a comedy
  • NBC explains why it passed on Mockingbird Lane
  • Community‘s fourth season will have “more heart”
  • Up All Night loses its creator as it undergoes a revamp
  • Steve Carell will probably never return to The Office
  • Revolution‘s midseason premiere gets a new trailer
  • Watch a promo for Kevin Williamson‘s The Following
  • Starz offers trailers for Magic City and Da Vinci’s Demons

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Though he’s not even old enough to watch The Dark Knight Rises by himself, Bart Simpson’s got the kind of ex-girlfriend roster most of us can only dream about — and many of them, including Zooey Deschanel, Natalie Portman, and Anne Hathaway will be back in his life for the upcoming 24th(!) season. Also after the jump:

  • Has HBO started casting for Season 3 of Game of Thrones?
  • TNT’s Southland and Showtime’s Borgias renewed
  • AMC orders two more murder mystery pilots
  • Dish Network will drop AMC, IFC, Sundance, and WEtv

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Today’s edition of TV Bits isn’t just a mixed bag, but a jam-packed one. Happily, it’s nothing but good news all around as networks order more episodes of some promising rookie shows and get to work developing other intriguing series for next season. After the jump:

  • ABC orders more Revenge, Suburgatory, and Happy Endings
  • The CW gives full-season orders to Ringer, The Secret Circle, and Hart of Dixie
  • NBC orders six more scripts for Prime Suspect
  • HBO plans an hourlong TV version of The Kids Are All Right
  • Disney gives the go-ahead to a musical zombie sitcom
  • TNT casts Battlestar Galactica star Tricia Helfer in a K-9 pilot

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