Serial gets two new seasons: But will it still focus on Adnan Syed’s case?

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NPR promises two more seasons of true-crime drama Serial.

Hulu has pulled the reality series “19 Kids and Counting” from its lineup, following reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the stars, Josh Duggar, stemming from when he was a juvenile, The Associated Press reports. Serial, Sarah Koenig’s provocative spin on a true crime podcast, will return in the fall of 2015, according to a press release emailed to newsletter subscribers.Producers are apparently lining up season two for the autum and season three for spring, “We are hard at work reporting not one, but two distinct new stories.” The first podcast saw Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder investigating the true-crime case of Adnan Syed, a young man imprisoned for life for killing an ex-girlfriend. Although the streaming-video service didn’t confirm removal of the TLC series, episodes weren’t found Thursday on the Hulu site, where they had been available as recently as Wednesday.

This American Life producers are currently at work on the show’s second and third seasons, which are slated to come out this fall and next spring, respectively. Hae Min Lee was strangled in 1999 but Syed has alwyas maintained his innocence and he was granted a request for review by Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals after their analysis of the evidence against him.

The original podcast caused a storm when it was released last year by public radio station WBEZ Chicago and it became the fastest ever to reach 5 million downloads. They were coy with details about the substance of the new investigations, simply describing the upcoming themes as “very different … but no less interesting to us.” Her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed was charged for the crime and given life in prison, but since the podcast was aired his case is being revisited by an appeals court. The courts have already decided the case, but the podcast brings up many points that seem to be inconsistent with the court findings. “With this order, the appeals court has certainly cracked open a door.

An early episode of “Serial” focused on the claims of that witness, Asia McClain, a fellow Woodlawn student who said that she had seen Syed at the library at the time the murder was believed to have occurred. “Clearly the appellate judges are aware the public is watching,” the producers wrote, although they declined to speculate about if they believed the decision was influenced by the podcast. Lebanon’s own Joe Manganiello, who in 2013 starred in Yale Rep’s production of “A Streetcar Name Desire.” Also handing out awards are Jason Alexander, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Chlumsky, Bradley Cooper, Misty Copeland, Bryan Cranston, Larry David, Taye Diggs, Sutton Foster, Neil Patrick Harris, Marg Helgenberger, Debra Messing, Jennifer Nettles, Jim Parsons, David Hyde Pierce, Thomas Sadoski, Amanda Seyfried, Taylor Schilling, Corey Stoll, Kiefer Sutherland, Sting, Ashley Tisdale, Tommy Tune and Rita Wilson. Pittsburgh artist Ed Piskor’s “Hip Hop Family Tree” will become a monthly comic book series while he continues to publish larger books on the history of rap’s early days.

A judge says Lindsay Lohan has completed her sentence in a reckless driving case and closed the last of a series of Los Angeles criminal cases that have dogged the actress for years, the AP reports. She shot to stardom after appearing in the Disney films “Freaky Friday” and “The Parent Trap,” but her attempts to revive her film career have stalled. Appearing on NBC’s “Today” show Thursday, Morgan’s lawyer, Benedict Morelli, said Morgan is happy to put the litigation behind him and have closure.

The “Joan Rivers: Can We Talk?” exhibit will feature stage costumes worn by Rivers — including several Bob Mackie originals — one of her vintage Louis Vuitton travel trunks, several awards, family photographs and her hardcover book collection, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Earlier this year, The Recording Academy awarded my mother her very first Grammy, which was truly an honor. On this occasion, which celebrates her 82nd birthday, it’s also an honor to have her incredible legacy included in the Grammy Museum’s ongoing tribute to the greatest comedic icons of all time,” the late comedian’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement. “Joan Rivers’ unapologetic one-liners and brave, biting commentary on her personal life opened doors for other female comedians,” said Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum. “With this latest display in our comedy series, we continue to spotlight some of the greatest comedic performers, many of whom have been recognized by the Grammy Awards.”

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