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.
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.
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.
On the Tuesday, January 14 episode of FX’s “Justified,” entitled “The Kids Aren’t All Right,” you may find a familiar face gracing the screen.
“Days of our Lives” actor Riley Bodenstab (Cole) will appear in the role of Derrick, a good looking kid with an attitude. According to a network representative, Derrick is Loretta’s (Kaitlyn Dever) boyfriend who is known for selling weed and harder drugs to other teenagers while at the same time not being as tough as he should be – particularly when it comes to Loretta.
Based on the Elmore Leonard novella Fire in the Hole, “Justified” stars Timothy Olyphant as Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens, “a lawman who finds himself drawn back to his home state of Kentucky.”
Since debuting in January 2011, “Shameless” has become one of Showtime’s most underrated hits. Now entering its fourth season, the series picks up a few weeks from where season three left off: The Gallaghers braving another brutal Chicago winter and waiting on the medical fate of their flawed, permanently pickled patriarch, Frank (William H. Macy). With Fiona (Emmy Rossum) in a stable job and relationship, and Lip (Jeremy Allen White) enrolled in college, can the Gallaghers finally realize the middle class American dream?
On tonights’ episode of ABC’s “Revenge,” entitled “Endurance,” Emily (Emily VanCamp) is physically and mentally broken following her failed attempt to frame Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) for her murder – Daniel (Josh Bowman) ended up shooting Emily for real on her wedding night – and as a result ends up getting closer than ever to the Graysons, who have decided to close ranks around her by virtually keeping her captive in Grayson manor after she’s released from the hospital. Meanwhile, Daniel comes face to face with Sara (Annabelle Stephenson) for the first time since her apparent attempted suicide led him to do what he did to Emily. Will they be able to rekindle the flame? Also, in a promo touting tonight’s episode, it looks as though Victoria may be getting closer to the truth about Emily’s real identity, or is this just another part of Emily’s plan? You’ll just have to tune in to find out!
As previously reported, “General Hospital’s” Emily Wilson (ex-Ellie Trout) announced that she will be appearing in an upcoming episode of ABC’s “Castle,” which Soap Opera Network has since learned will air on Monday, January 27.
In the episode entitled “Dressed To Kill,” Wilson will appear in the role of Grace Jacobs, who is described as a young woman that grew up reading Modern Fashion with the dream of working for its editor, Matilda King (Frances Fisher; ”The Edge of Night,” “Days of our Lives”).