FIRST STAR WARS TEASER DROPS: The Rise of Skywalker is nigh. Stephen Colbert, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams unveiled the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to a packed crowd at a Star Wars Celebration in Chicago Friday. Big news: the villain Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), thought to be dead, is back. Also, the late Carrie Fisher will appear as Leia, with Abrams tapping previously unused footage from 2015’s The Force Awakens.
ASHLEY JUDD, PRIYANKA CHOPRA TALK #METOO, ELECTION: Before a packed house at Lincoln Center for the 10th annual Women in the World Summit, Ashley Judd and Priyanka Chopra weighed in on #MeToo and the upcoming election. Chopra also discussed her love of philanthropy and how it interacts with her life and art. “I am Indian. I don’t need my parts to justify why I can be an actor,” Chopra said. “And it would take me doing that to become mainstream enough now to actually play parts where I am my own ethnicity. And I will not be considered as a niche actor, or an actor who can only do that.”
GOOD GIRLS GETS EARLY RENEWAL: NBC’s Good Girls has snagged an early third season renewal for the Christiana Hendricks, Mae Whitman and Retta-starring drama. “We're so excited to continue following the friendship and adventures of these three incredible women while also exploring relatable issues in both funny and surprising ways,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, co-presidents of scripted at NBC Entertainment. “Congratulations to Jenna Bans, and our amazing writers, cast and crew who give these stories depth and humanity.”
NCIS RENEWED FOR 17th SEASON: CBS has ordered a 17th season of its flagship drama NCIS, set to air 2019-2020. This news comes on the heels of NCIS star and exec producer Mark Harmon signing a new agreement with CBS.