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The New Pope
Sky, HBO and Canal Plus have released a first-look image of Paolo Sorrentino’s TV series “The New Pope,” a follow-up to his “The Young Pope” series. John Malkovich and returning star Jude Law are seen in the photo for the new series which is currently shooting in Venice. Mark Ivanir, Henry Goodman and Ulrich Thomsen co-star in the limited eight-episode series. [Source: Variety]

Premiere Dates
FX has confirmed its TV series adaptation of Taika Waititi’s 2014 vampire mockumentary “What We Do in the Shadows” will premiere on the network in March along with a brief trailer. Cinemax has officially announced a January 25th premiere for the ten-episode sixth season of action series “Strike Back” with the action this season unfolding across the Indochina region.

Evil
CBS has picked up the pilot for “The Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King’s new religion-themed supernatural drama “Evil” produced by CBS TV Studios and King Size Productions.

The story deals with the battle between science and religion and focuses on a sceptical female clinical psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a blue-collar contractor as they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possessions, and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work. [Source: Deadline]

Space Jam 2
Terence Nance (“Random Acts of Flyness,” “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty”) is helming this sequel to the iconic 1990s film and speaking with VICE this week, the rising filmmaker says the film will be much more than just a basketball/Looney Tunes mashup:

“Pretty sure [it’s] going to disrupt everything. I’m excited about what […] that movie can be. ‘Space Jam’ is a very unique opportunity because LeBron James is the best basketball player on Earth and a once in a generation performer. Whoever the greatest basketball player of the next generation is going to be, they are probably not going to also be a great actor.”

Raised By Wolves
Travis Fimmel (“Vikings”) will star in TNT’s straight-to-series sci-fi drama “Raised By Wolves” which will serve as filmmaker Ridley Scott’s TV helming debut. Scott Free (“The Good Fight,” “The Terror”) will produce. The story centers around two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task. [Source: Deadline]