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‘On Becoming A God In Central Florida’: Julie Benz To Recur In YouTube’s Dark Comedy Series

Yay! Julie is set to recur in the YouTube Dark Comedy Series “On Becoming A God In Central Florida”. Congrats to Julie on her new role. I can’t wait for this! I’ve missed seeing Julie on my screen every week.

Training Day alumna Julie Benz is set for a recurring role in On Becoming A God In Central Florida, a 1990s-set one-hour dark comedy series, starring and executive produced by Kirsten Dunst. The series, set to premiere on YouTube Premium in 2019, hails from George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures and Sony’s TriStar Television

Written by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky based on a spec script they wrote, On Becoming A God is set near Orlando in the early 1990s. It centers on Krystal Gill (Dunst), a minimum-wage-earning water park employee who will eventually scheme her way up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise: the cultish, flag waving, multi-billion dollar pyramid scheme that drove her family to ruin.

Benz will play Carole Wilkes, a “big-haired” and “buxom” FAM wife who’s much farther up the pyramid than Krystal. Having fully embraced her role as a subordinate, Carol sees herself as an authority figure for other FAM women, on how to be the ideal FAM wife. While she’s a real stickler for the rules, Carol can have a way of surprising those around her.

Funke, Lutsky, Dunst and Yorgos Lanthimos executive produce alongside Esta Spalding, who will serve as showrunner, helmer Charlie McDowell (The Discovery), who will direct, and Oscar winners Clooney and Heslov (Argo) through Smokehouse. Sarah Shepard oversees for Smokehouse.

Benz was most recently a regular on the CBS series Training Day opposite the late Bill Paxton and previously recurred on CBS’ Hawaii 5-0. She was a lead on all three seasons of Syfy’s Defiance and played Rita Bennett on Dexter. Benz is repped by Paradigm, LINK Entertainment and Meyer & Downs.

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CBS Greenlights “Training Day”

Julie’s CBS pilot “Training Day” has been ordered to series!! Congratulations Julie!

CBS has greenlit a slew of series for the 2016-2017 season.

In the comedy department, the network has ordered projects starring Matt LeBlanc and Joel McHale. As for dramas, CBS will be rebooting “Training Day,” “MacGyver,” plus has picked up a medical drama from Jason Katims and a new show starring “NCIS” star Michael Weather

“Training Day” is based on the 2001 movie that starred Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The series revival stars Bill Paxton and newcomer Justin Cornwell. A crime thriller that begins 15 years after the events of the feature film left, the show is about an idealistic young police officer (Cornwell) who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective (Paxton). Drew Van Acker, Katrina Law, Lex Scott Davis and Julie Benz star alongside Paxton and Cornwell.

The drama will be exec produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Antoine Fuqua, Jonathan Littman , Will Beall, Barry Schindel and Danny Cannon, who directed the pilot. Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Fuqua Films are producing, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The original pic hails from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.

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Julie To Co-Star In ‘”Training Day” CBS Pilot

Congratulations Julie!

Defiance star Julie Benz is set as a regular role opposite Bill Paxton in CBS’ drama pilot Training Day.

Written by Will Beall and directed by Danny Cannon, Training Day is a present-day reimagining of Antoine Fuqua’s acclaimed 2001 feature. Set 15 years after the film left off, the show centers on an idealistic young African-American police officer, Kyle Craig, who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with seasoned, morally ambiguous detective Frank Rourke (Paxton).

Benz will play Holly McCabe, an unapologetic Hollywood madam who looks like a woman half her age and takes pride in how well she treats her girls. In addition to having a tacit understanding with Frank, they are also a couple. Drew Van Acker, Katrina Law and Lex Scott Davis also co-star.

Dexter alumna Benz is coming off a three-season stint as a lead on the Syfy series Defiance. She also is wrapping a recurring role on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0. Benz is repped by Paradigm, Vincent Cirrincione & Associates and Meyer & Downs.

Showrunner Barry Schindel, Fuqua and Beall executive produce Training Day with Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman for WBTV, Fuqua Films and Jerry Bruckheimer TV. KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producing.

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Syfy Cancels ‘Defiance’ After Three Seasons

Syfy has opted not to go forth with a fourth season of “Defiance,” Variety has learned.

The show’s cancellation comes just days after the cable network axed fantasy drama “Dominion.”

“Defiance” was Syfy’s big experiment with transmedia storytelling as the series’ storylines were specifically designed to mesh with the narrative of the video game of the same name, produced by Trion Worlds. The TV series revolved around the battles of seven alien races existing on a much-changed planet Earth.

Drama vet Kevin Murphy served as exec producer and showrunner of of “Defiance,” which wrapped its 13-episode third season late this summer.

“I got to collaborate with a group of stunning artists operating at the top of their game, and together we built a world. Because of that, there is no room for anything other than joy in my heart,” Murphy said.

In a statement, Syfy commented: “‘Defiance’ was a truly groundbreaking series, delivering an immersive, cross-platform experience that transcended the television screen in a way that viewers had never seen before. We are incredibly proud of the work of the extraordinary cast, writers, artists and designers — and especially showrunner Kevin Murphy — who together brought the rich world of ‘Defiance’ to life over its three season arc.”

After delivering good ratings on Mondays during its first season in 2013, “Defiance” fell off sharply in its move to Thursdays in 2014 and then again when it shifted to Fridays this summer. Its Aug. 28 finale averaged a 0.51 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.925 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates.

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I’m very sad that “Defiance” has been cancelled. At least we got three great seasons though. I will have the gallery caught up on the remaining “Defiance” captures & stills soon.

“Hawaii Five-0” Taps “Dexter” Alum Julie Benz as Chin’s Love Interest

Congrats Julie!

Julie Benz has landed a multi-episode arc on Hawaii Five-0 as a potential love interest for Chin, EW has learned.

The Dexter alum will play Jennifer, a detective from San Francisco heading up a task force modeled after Five-0, who forms a strong connection with Chin (Daniel Dae Kim).

Benz, whose credits also include Defiance, No Ordinary Family and Angel, will recur in at least three episodes this fall.

Hawaii Five-0 returns Friday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

“Defiance” Renewed for Season 3!

It’s official: Syfy is renewing two summer thrillers, including a pickup for supernatural freshman drama Dominion.

Post-apocalyptic angel-war drama Dominion will return for a second season and alien-colonized Earth drama Defiance is getting a third round. Both will receive 13-episode orders from Universal Cable Productions. Kevin Murphy (Caprica) will resume his role as executive producer and showrunner of Defiance while Vaun Wilmott (Sons of Anarchy) will continue to fill the same posts for Dominion. The shows have averaged the exact same viewership on Thursday nights—2.7 million viewers, and 1.2 million adults 18-49 (including seven days of DVR playback).

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