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'Red Band Society': Watch first trailer for fall Fox drama -- VIDEO

Get ready to shed tears on Wednesdays in the fall: Fox unveiled the first trailer for Red Band Society on Friday, and the Steven Spielberg-exec-produced drama is sure to be a tearjerker.

The series takes place in a children’s hospital and follows a group of sick kids, but as EW TV critic Melissa Maerz wrote in her snap judgment of the new fall offerings on Fox, this isn’t your typical Sad Show. “Yes, it’s narrated by a boy in a coma, which might feel like a little much. But the pilot was written by Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire), so there’s potential for real poignancy, especially at a time when The Fault in Our Stars is already resonating with so many young people. Consider those tears jerked.”

Check out the trailer — which also features adult stars Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable — below: READ FULL STORY

Oprah developing race riot miniseries starring Octavia Spencer

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Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable network is developing a two-part miniseries chronicling one of the ugliest and least-known chapters in U.S. history.

In Tulsa, Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (The Help) plays a journalist who investigates the 1921 Oklahoma race riots, where an estimated 300 people were believed to have been murdered amid post-WWI racial tension surrounding segregation laws and the prosperous black community of Greenwood. According to a 2011 New York Times story on the subject, “The Tulsa race riot of 1921 was rarely mentioned in history books, classrooms or even in private…an episode so brutal that this city, in a bout of collective amnesia that extended more than a half-century, simply chose to forget it ever happened.”

The announcement came as part of OWN’s Thursday upfront, revealing the net’s next slate of programming — which also included the network’s first scripted movie, My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story. The period biopic will star Toni Braxton. READ FULL STORY

Angela Lansbury relieved 'Murder, She Wrote' remake axed

Angela Lansbury says she’s relieved that a planned remake of her classic whodunit series Murder, She Wrote has been canceled.

Lansbury had been critical of NBC’s idea of a reboot starring Octavia Spencer. It was reported this week that NBC was not going ahead with the show.

Lansbury said Thursday she thought the remake was a bad idea from the start.

“I couldn’t believe that they would even consider doing such a thing,” Lansbury told The Associated Press. “I think it was an awful mistake and it was a terrible disservice” to Spencer, she said. “I have too much admiration for her to saddle her with the awful responsibility of having to bring that title into a different venue.”

Lansbury spent 12 years until 1996 playing small-town sleuth Jessica Fletcher in the series.
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Angela Lansbury on the 'Murder, She Wrote' remake: 'It's a mistake' to use that title

Angela Lansbury says “it’s a mistake” for NBC to call a new series Murder, She Wrote.

The network recently announced plans to reboot the show with Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer as its star. Spencer acknowledged her new TV project on Twitter last month.

Lansbury, who will accept an honorary Academy Award later this week, said Murder, She Wrote was her “greatest doorway to the world.”

“I suddenly became a worldwide-known character as Jessica Fletcher and really built an enormous audience, which I have to this day,” the 88-year-old said in a weekend telephone interview from her New York home. “That was the thing that really made me a star in the minds of everybody.”

Lansbury already had three Oscar nominations and four Tony awards when she joined the CBS drama, which aired from 1984 to 1996, earning her 12 consecutive Emmy nominations and international acclaim. READ FULL STORY

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