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TVLine Items: Emily Ratajkowski Eyes Lena Dunham Series, Hallmark Channels Rebranding and More

Could Emily Ratajkowski possibly be (in) Too Much?

The model/actress is in final talks to join Lena Dunham’s aforementioned Netflix comedy series, starring Megan Stalter (Hacks) and Will Sharpe (The White Lotus), our sister site Variety reports.

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The forthcoming show follows Jessica (Stalter), a New York workaholic recovering from a breakup who decides to move to London to get away from all the memories of the failed relationship in NYC. In her new city, she meets Felix (Sharpe), described as “less Hugh Grant in Notting Hill and more Hugh Grant’s drunken roommate,” and forms an “unusual connection” that only creates more problems.

Ratajkowski — whose acting credits include Gone Girl and History of the World: Part II — will play Felix’s ex-girlfriend Polly, who is the exact opposite of Jessica.

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* Hallmark Drama is rebranding as Hallmark Family on Feb. 28, while Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will become Hallmark Mystery on March 6, it was announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

* Leslie Grossman (American Horror Story, Popular) is the latest Ryan Murphy series alum to join the producer’s Netflix anthology Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story, portraying Judalon Smyth, who played a key role in Lyle and Erik’s arrests, our sister site Deadline reports.

* Lifetime has partnered with author Terry McMillan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Waiting to Exhale) to executive-produce new movies under the banner Terry McMillan Presents, with specific titles and casting to be announced later this year.

* Following the documentary The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, Lifetime has ordered an untitled docuseries picking up days before Blanchard’s release from prison last December and exploring “her life as a free woman, including finally living with her husband Ryan Anderson for the first time.”

* We TV has greenlit The Braxtons, a “not-to-be-missed” reality series in which Toni, Towanda, Trina, Tamar and Ms. Evelyn “reunite to share new love, success, heartbreak, ongoing family dynamics and so much more.”

* Acorn TV and Channel 5 have commissioned Ellis, a three-part movie series that follows a tenacious DCI, played by Sharon D. Clarke (Showtrial, Doctor Who), who is parachuted into failing investigations.

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