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The Galaxy Quest TV Show Is Happening Again With One Big Change

Paul Scheer of The League and The Disaster Artist has signed on to pen the script for the Galaxy Quest revival at Amazon. He takes over for Robert Gordon, who wrote the original film script and was intended to write for the Amazon project as well. Gordon is still attached to Galaxy Quest, however; he’ll work as an executive producer. There are no details about who will direct the series. Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot was once attached to the project, but The Hollywood Reporter reports that there has been no confirmation if Parisot will have a role now that the project is moving forward again. – Laura Hurley, CinemaBlend

Apple sets $1 billion budget for original TV shows

There’s no word yet on how Apple will spend its budget, though. A cool $1 billion sounds like a lot but programming costs can easily run into the millions for an episode of a high-end show — Game of Thrones episodes regularly top $10 million apiece. And after Apple’s initial and extremely lackluster original show attempts in the form of Planet of the Appsand Carpool Karaoke, it’ll need at least one quality standout hit to make itself relevant in a market crowded by companies with much bigger budgets: Netflix is expected to spend more than $6 billion on its content this year. – Rachel England, Engadget

Shonda Rhimes Moves to Netflix From ABC With Huge Overall Deal

Under the multiple-year deal, Shonda Rhimes and her Shondaland banner will create and produce new projects for the streaming giant. Rhimes’ longtime producing partner Betsy Beers will continue to head Shondaland in the move to Netflix. Under what is said to be a rich four-year pact, Rhimes is expected to score a percentage of the back-end on programming she creates for Netflix. – Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter

WWE Network to Launch in China

WWE will launch the WWE Network in the world’s most populous country for the first time after striking an exclusive deal with Suning Sports Media. Starting Aug. 18, the WWE Network will be available on Suning’s PPTV platform as a subscription video-on-demand service that will include a raft of WWE content, all live pay-per-view events including the marquee promotions Wrestlemania and Summerslam. – Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter

‘13 Reasons Why’: Jake Weber, Brenda Strong, Meredith Monroe & RJ Brown Join Season 2 Cast

Weber will play Barry Walker, father of Bryce (Justin Prentice), a successful hedge fund manager and pillar of the community. Strong will play Nora Walker, Barry’s husband and Bryce’s mother. Monroe will play Carolyn, Alex’s mother, a hardworking nurse and devoted mother. Brown, is Caleb, Tony’s boxing trainer, a fierce competitor and dedicated coach, but out of the ring he has a warm smile and a wry sense of humor. – Denise Petski, Deadline Hollywood
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