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Welcome back, Studio Coffee Folks! Today, we’ve got a bit of casting news on the CW side as Superman & Lois casts its Lana Lang. Then we’ll touch on a Universal acquisition and what networks are planning to replace some of their usual programming. That and more, right here!

ICYMI:

  • Chris Hemsworth, the Russo Brothers and MCU stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave have dropped a trailer for their upcoming Netflix movie, Extraction

Superman & Lois finds its Lana Lang

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Emanuelle Chriqui. Photo by gdcgraphics/Wikimedia commons.

The CW announced that Emanuelle Chriqui is set to play Lana Lang in the upcoming super-family drama, Superman & Lois. The actress is known for her roles in HBO’s Entourage as Sloan McQuewick and in The Mentalist as Lorelai Martins. With this role, she’ll portray Clark Kent’s teenage love interest and childhood friend. Per Deadline, Superman & Lois finds her as the loan officer at Smallville Bank and one of the few residents who stayed in the town while others went off to the big city. The show also recently announced that Dylan Walsh will be playing Superman’s in-law, General Lane and the couple’s super sons with Jordan Elsass and Alexander Garfin.

Universal craves a toothy book adaptation

crave bookCrave, the upcoming YA novel from bestseller Tracy Wolff, has been acquired by Universal for a film adaptation. The novel follows a romance between vampire and human; Jaxon Vega, a vampire prince who hasn’t felt a single emotion in a century, and a girl who, for an undisclosed reason, changes that. It’s marketed as a feminist look on paranormal fantasy and hits shelves on April 7, 2020. It’s another acquisition for the studio looking to expand its monster movie library with filmmaker first productions; marked with James Wan’s return to produce for Universal. Whether Crave will fall under this umbrella or not is unclear for the time being.

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CBS wants to be your at-home theater in May

CBS announced that, all through the month of May, it’ll be airing iconic movies every Sunday night. It’s a decision that’s thoughtful for all of us stuck at home – and also economical as countless series’ new episodes are shortened by coronavirus complications. The five-week event begins on May 3 with Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, followed by Forrest Gump, Mission: Impossible, Titanic and finishing up on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. They’ll all begin at 8:00 PM ET and wrap up at 11:00 PM ET, with the exception of Titanic, which begins at 7:00 PM ET. It’s one of several recent attempts at bringing people together with movies, including AFI’s recently announced daily movie club.

While you wait for CBS to start up, head over to Syfy

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Left: Lucy Lawless. Photo by Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons.
Right: Tricia Helfer. Photo by Pinguino K/Wikimedia Commons.

Speaking of, Syfy is offering full-series marathons of Battlestar Galactica as well as Xena: Warrior Princess, all through this month with Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) and Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) set to host. Beginning on April 16, episodes of Xena will air on every Thursday morning and afternoon, capped off by Lawless’ host wraps presented by Syfy Fangrrls. Following that, every episode of Battlestar Galactica, including the miniseries and Razor and Plan movies, will air in a row from Monday, April 20 at 12 AM ET all the way through Thursday, April 23 at 9AM ET, hosted by Helfer and presented by Syfy Wire. Xena is six seasons and 134 episodes, while Battlestar Galactica is four seasons and 76 episodes. Plus, anyone who downloads the NBCU OneApp or heads to Syfy.com can stream both series.

Netflix drops another Midnight Gospel trailer

From Duncan Trussell and the creator of Adventure Time, Pendleton Ward, comes the totally trippy adult animated series, The Midnight Gospel. The first teaser has already made the internet rounds, of course, but Netflix has no problems with dropping a new trailer – and I have no problems watching it. This is the next in the streamer’s adult animation, boasting BoJack Horseman and the incredibly witty and emotional Tuca & Bertie. The Midnight Gospel, with a strong sense of its audience, will debut on April 20, 2020, to an eager audience with nothing much else to do but watch a trippy show and whatever else it is that we do in the privacy of our own homes.

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