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TV briefs: Timothy Dalton on ‘Doom Patrol,’ ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ on UP, ‘Truck Night in America’ in Georgia

Originally posted Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Former “007” Timothy Dalton will lead the DC Comic’s new streaming series “Doom Patrol,” shooting in Atlanta.

Dalton will play the Doom Patrol’s leader, Dr. Niles “The Chief” Caulder. It appears most of the cast has now been set. Here is the description of the show:

DC’s strangest group of outcasts: Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Negative Man, Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby) and Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero). Led by the mysterious Caulder (Dalton), they’re called into action by the ultimate hero for the digital age, Cyborg (Joivan Wade). Banding together, these rejects find themselves on a mission that will take them to the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC universe.

DC Comics is creating its own streaming service DC Universe along the lines of CBS All Access or Hulu. 

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The show  began pre production in Atlanta late last month. 

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Constance Wu as Jessica on 'Fresh Off the Boat.'

Atlanta-based UP-TV picked up syndication rights to ABC’s “Fresh Off The Boat” and ran a marathon of the first four seasons this past weekend. It will run on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. for six episodes. The show is the first led by a largely Asian-American cast to reach syndication. 

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Do you own a pick-up truck that can withstand the rigors of a reality show competition? History Channel is shooting season two “Truck Night in America” in Georgia and you can apply here

The first season aired in March. Season two is being produced near Augusta.

Here’s how the casting folks describe it :

Five drivers in their personal customized trucks and jeeps go head to head in three challenges, testing their vehicle's speed, strength or handling. The last two men or women standing, will take on the three-mile-long obstacle course known as "The Green Hell," which challenges trucks and drivers to fly off jumps, climb a mountain of crushed cars, and tear through swamps.

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Showtime is shooting a pilot in metro Atlanta called “Queen Fur.” It’s set in a small town in Central Florida where beauty pageants, gun culture, Cuban revolutionaries and Southern hospitality co-exist and collide. 

Lily Mae Harrington will star as Macy Dunleavy – a curvy, sexy, unapologetic high school dropout who is finding her womanhood and is ready to seize a big opportunity, according to Deadline.com. 

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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