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J. August Richards Talks Starring On NBC’s Latest Drama ‘Council Of Dads’

Premiering on NBC this week is the network’s newest drama Council of Dads inspired by Bruce Feiler’s bestselling book by the same title.

J. August Richards, best know for hit shows Angel and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is starring as one of the leads, a bonus dad to his terminally ill patient’s children.

The story behind this drama series appears to be quite unique in itself (just look at the synopsis below). We are invited to witness the journey of three men coming together to fulfill their friend’s wish of co-fathering his five children, including a grown daughter Luly (Michele Weaver) from a previous marriage.

‘Council of Dads’ cast / NBC

Here is the official synopsis:

Scott Perry (Tom Everett Scott), a loving father of five, has his entire life’s plan thrown into upheaval by an unexpected health scare. He calls on a few of his most trusted friends to step in as back-up dads to help guide and support his growing family – just in case he ever can’t be there to do it himself.

Dr. Oliver Post (Richards), is not only Scott’s oncologist but also best friends with his wife ( played by Sarah Wayne Callies), who also works at the hospital. Caught off guard by what was asked of him, Oliver is now faced with a challenge – co-parenting his friends’ children while being married and already raising his own 13-year old.

Joining the task alongside him are Scott’s longtime bachelor friend Anthony (Clive Standen) and Larry (Michael O’Neill), Scott’s sponsee at Alcoholics Anonymous.

“Council of Dads”: Oliver (J. August Richards), Anthony (Clive Standen) and Larry (Michael O’Neill) / NBC

Having to care for someone else’s children is not new to Richards. In real life, he is a proud uncle and a three-time godfather. It’s not quite the same as being a parent, he admits, but the high level of responsibility is still there. And when it comes to having personal role models, Richards mentions his father and godfather (who sadly passed away after they shot the pilot).

The new episode of Council of Dads will air on Thursday, April 30 on NBC. Watch the official trailer below.

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The Matrix 4: Laurence Fishburne Won’t Be Back as Morpheus

Laurence Fishburne has confirmed that he won’t be reprising his iconic role as Morpheus. The 59-year-old actor revealed that he “has not been invited” to return.

According to The Wrap, Fishburne told New York Magazine that he was never approached about joining the upcoming Lana Wachowski’s sequel. “I have not been invited. Maybe that will make me write another play. I wish them well. I hope it’s great,” Fishburne commented. “It is probably the role that I’ll be best remembered for, which is great; it’s not the only thing I’ll be remembered for, which is better,” He concluded.

As a reminder, Fishburne first portrayed Morpheus, the captain of the Nebuchadnezzar, in the original 1999 film alongside Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity. The two are set to return for The Matrix 4 (working title) with Jada Pinkett-Smith.

Joining the movie, which details are currently under wraps, are also Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Jessica Henwick.

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Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson is the World’s Highest-Paid Male Actor

Forbes magazine named Dwayne Johnson, AKA the Rock, the highest-paid male actor for the second year in a row.

The former wrestler turned Hollywood superstar reportedly earned $87.5m between June 2019 and June 2020, including the $23.5m he made for Netflix’s upcoming thriller Red Notice.

Johnson’s Red Notice co-star Ryan Reynolds came second on the list highest-paid male actor’s list with earnings of $71.5m. Among his movie deals were $20m, also for Red Notice, and $20m for Six Underground, another Netflix film.

Coming in third place is actor and producer Mark Wahlberg, who earned $58m, while Ben Affleck and Vin Diesel came in fourth and fifth place respectively.

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‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Reboot In the Works

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air is making a return with Bel-Air! The one-hour project is based on Morgan Cooper’s record-breaking fan film (more than 7.5 million views to date) that reimagines the classic 1990s sitcom based on Will Smith’s journey from the streets of Philadelphia to his uncle’s mansion in Bel-Air as a drama. Per Deadline, Bel-Air  “will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions, and biases of what it means to be a Black man in America today, while still delivering the swagger and fun nods to the original show.”

Cooper will direct and co-executive produce Bel-Air. Showrunner Chris Collins (The Man in the High Castle, The Wire) will co-write, executive produce.

The project is being developed by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal Television and is currently being pitched to multiple streamers, including NBC’s Peacock, Netflix, HBO Max and Amazon.

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