Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Oscar nominated director David O. Russell (“American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook”) has received a straight to series 13-episode order from ABC for his newest drama project, “an upstairs/downstairs soap set at a private country club,” which will be co-produced by ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios.
Per the website, Russell and writer Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”) co-wrote the story, with Grant writing the teleplay. The duo are set to executive produce alongside Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.
This marks Russell’s first TV series project.
As previously reported, CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” announced a new partnership with Pan Macmillan and its digital-first imprint, Momentum, in which the publishing company will release a series of novellas surrounding several characters from the daytime soap opera. Today, it was announced that the first two of eight novellas will go on sale on Tuesday, January 28. An e-book version of each will be released worldwide. In Australia, paperback print copies will be available at the same time as the digital release.
“Love stories that have yet to be seen on television can now fully ignite between the covers of these novellas,” said “B&B” executive producer and head writer, Bradley P. Bell in announcing the deal last month. “This partnership with Pan Macmillan and Momentum expands the choices our fans have to be entertained by the signature characters of ‘The Bold and the Beautiful.’”
James Franco – he’s an actor, writer, former Academy Awards co-host, an Oscar nominee, a Golden Globe winner, and former “General Hospital” star. The man who shocked the world in 2009 when he leapt from Oscar-nominated film “Milk” to star as the villainous Franco on “GH” is a man of many talents. But did you know he’s also a film director?
In perhaps his biggest directorial effort yet, Franco adapts “Child of God,” a film based on a Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. A teaser trailer for the film was released last August, but now we’re getting a first full-length look at the film.
According to Deadline Hollywood, former “Days of our Lives” star Mark Hapka (ex-Nathan Horton) has joined the cast of the FOX Digital Studio original sci-fi series, “Parallels.”
Per the website, Hapka will portray Ronan Carver, a street-smart underground MMA fighter who has been estranged from his family since age 16 only to be forced to confront his past in an adventure through parallel universes. Also cast in the series are Jessica Rothe (“Gossip Girl”), Eric Jungmann (“Night Stalker”), Constance Wu (“One Life to Live”), Yorgo Constantine (“24″) and Michael Monks.
“Parallels” hails from the mind of writer/director Christopher Leone with Laura Harcom set to produce.
Hot on the heels of her starring role in “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,” “The Haves and the Have Nots” and “One Life to Live” actress Tika Sumpter along with actors Kevin Hart and Ice Cube is set to take the weekend box office with their new film “Ride Along.”
With an estimated $48.1 million four-day holiday weekend haul, the Universal Pictures movie about a fast-talking security guard named Ben (Hart), who joins his cop soon-to-be brother-in-law James (Cube) on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela (Sumpter), James’ sister, is set to shatter January box office records, reports Deadline Hollywood.
According to CBS, “The Good Wife” has emerged as a multi-platform (on air, online and on demand) darling as it gets ready to head into the second half of its fifth season. Per the network, the series has shown double-digit percentage growth in all available television platforms and has emerged as the most-watched television series on the popular Amazon Prime Instant Video service during the fourth quarter.
In case you missed it last year when it premiered on Lifetime Movie Network, LMN has scheduled several re-airings of “Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer,” which stars former “All My Children” actor Michael Nouri (ex-Caleb Cortlandt) as a retired and respected judge accused of being Daedalus, a serial killer infamous for luring his victims to their deaths through labyrinth traps.
Also in the film is former “Days of our Lives” actress Valerie Wildman (ex-Fay Walker), who plays the role of Beth Harrington, a “real housewife” with a secret. Wildman can currently be seen in the new season of “Venice: The Series.”
The “Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer” airing schedule is as follows:
While stopping short of saying the network has officially picked up new seasons of either series, Paul Lee, President, ABC Entertainment, announced Friday, January 17, during the Disney/ABC Television Group’s portion of the 2014 Television Critics Association Press Tour, that “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Revenge” are on solid ground to return next season with new episodes on the network. “Grey’s” in particular is likely to continue “for many years to come,” said Lee to reporters.
In a report by E! Online, Watch With Kristin‘s Kristin Dos Santos shared the following tidbits from Lee:
“['Grey's Anatomy' Executive producer] Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest writers that our generation has seen. She’s continuing to write an immensely powerful show. It makes you laugh and cry every week, and what season are we now? And by the way, to her enormous credit, it is completely different than ‘Scandal’. And I love it. I think it’s going to stay on the network for many years to come.”
As previously reported, HBO is providing its viewers with a new series detailing relationship woes, roommate drama, reaching a certain age and much more, when it premieres “Looking” tonight at 10:30 PM ET/9:30 PM CT. The series seeks to provide viewers with a different perspective on daily life for gay men in San Francisco.
Starring former soap actors Jonathan Groff (ex-Henry, “One Life to Live;” Jesse St. James, “Glee”) and Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus Foley, “Guiding Light”), along with actor Frankie Alvarez (“Kitchen Confidential”), the series follows 29-year-old Patrick (Groff), a video game designer getting back into the dating world in the wake of his ex’s engagement, 39-year-old Dom (Bartlett), a longtime waiter who has yet to reach his romantic and professional dreams, and 31-year-old Agustín (Alvarez), an aspiring artist questioning the idea of monogamy amid a move to domesticate with his boyfriend.
We’ve been hearing a lot about the talented cast that Open Book Productions and Bella Productions have assembled for “Beacon Hill” (see above), but this week we finally learned how viewers will be able to watch the show when it premieres Wednesday, March 5!
According to an official “Beacon Hill” press release, the show will be available to stream on BeaconHillTheSeries.com via a subscription-based service. For $9.99, viewers will have access to all 12 episodes from the upcoming first season.