The CW came to TCA this morning to announce it had bought a barbershop competition series hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, a magician reality series hosted by Penn & Teller, and a four-hour event series about the Holy Grail.
Barber Battle visits different barbershops across the country in each of its 10 episodes. The most talented barbers will compete to showcase their artistry — from portraits to landmarks to ballparks — on someone’s head. Judges, locations and contestants will be announced later. Cedric exec produces along with Mark Efman (Charlemagne & Friends, A&E Biographies).
On each of the nine episodes of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick. Anyone who succeeds in fooling Penn & Teller wins the right to perform with them at their show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. A live studio audience and viewers watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once and have to try to work it out immediately. British television and radio personality Jonathan Ross (Friday Night With Jonathan Ross) serves as host. Penn & Teller: Fool Us is created and produced by 117 Productions and September Films (part of DCD Media) for ITV, with executive producers Peter Adam Golden and Andrew Golder, David Green and Peter Davey.
Meanwhile, the network has acquired Labyrinth, the four-hour event series that jumps back and forth between modern and medieval France as it follows the lives of two women separated by centuries but united in their search for the Holy Grail. The project, filmed on-location in the medieval town of Carcassonne in southwest France and Cape Town, South Africa, stars John Hurt, Sebastian Stan, Jessica Brown-Findlay and Tom Felton. It’s based on the best-selling 2005 novel by Kate Mosse, adapted by Adrian Hodges (Primeval, My Week With Marilyn). It’s produced by Tandem Communications (Crossing Lines, World Without End, The Pillars Of The Earth) and Film Afrika Worldwide (Dark Tide, Endgame), in association with Scott Free Films (The Good Wife, The Andromeda Strain) and Universal Production Partners.
In Carcassonne, in the year 1209, 17-year-old Alaïs (Brown-Findlay), is given a mysterious book by her father, who claims it contains the secret of the true Grail. Alaïs realizes that her destiny lies in keeping the secret of the labyrinth safe. Eight centuries later, at an archeological dig in the French Pyrenees, a young volunteer named Alice Tanner (Kirby) discovers two skeletons in a forgotten cave. Puzzled by the labyrinth symbol carved into the rock, she realizes shes disturbed something that was meant to remain hidden. Somehow, a link to a horrific past and Alice’s own past has been revealed.