‘Once Upon A Time’ Actress Lana Parrilla Set To Make Directorial Debut For “Chosen” Episode
Once Upon a Time‘s Lana Parrilla will assume another role in the forthcoming season of the ABC series. The original cast member is set to step behind the camera and make her directorial debut.
Show co-creator Adam Horowitz took to Twitter on Tuesday night to share the news, teasing us with an image of a script page from season seven’s 17th episode titled “Chosen.” Under the title it says “Written by Paul Karp & Brian Ridings” and below that it says “Directed by Lana… Read
‘The Shannara Chronicles’ Shopped To Other Networks For Season 3
The Shannara Chronicles is actively looking for a new network home after a two-season run at Viacom — one season on MTV and one on Spike. Even before word got out today that Spike — soon to become Paramount Network — has cancelled the fantasy series, The Shannara Chronicles studio, Sonar, and producers had already started conversations with prospective buyers.
The Shannara Chronicles, which is based on the best-selling fantasy books by Terry Brooks, streams on Netflix in… Read
Rebecca Eaton Explains How To Get BBC To Tackle Quintessentially American ‘Little Women’ – TCA
Masterpiece's Little Women marks a breakthrough for PBS: It’s produced by BBC, which, producer Rebecca Eaton noted, "does not do American drama.”
“It's hard to get America novels done with BBC because they are BBC – they have a mandate,” she said. Additionally, it can be expensive. “If you shoot in this country, it’s twice as expensive.” Set in Concord, MA, Little Women was filmed in Ireland.
It helped that Colin Callender was “the guy who was going to drive the train”… Read
‘The Shannara Chronicles’ Canceled After Two Seasons
The Shannara Chronicles will not see a Season 3 at the soon-to-be launched Paramount Network.
The fantasy drama has been canceled after two seasons, Deadline has confirmed.
The Shannara Chronicles, based on the best-selling fantasy books by Terry Brooks, debuted on MTV in 2016 and was the network's highest rated and most watched scripted series of the year, earning a second-season renewal. It moved to Spike TV for Season 2, which wrapped in November. The Shannara Chronicle… Read
‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’ Review: Tangled Tale Falls Out Of Fashion
Coming off the moonshot of 2016's multiple Emmy-winning The People v. O.J. Simpson, it was almost inevitable that The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story would fly a lot closer to Earth. So narrative gravity is very much a force in the January 17-premiering ACS, and despite a vivid aesthetic reminiscent of the slain fashion designer's work — and some great performances from a cast led by Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Judith… Read
Media Content Wars Will Require Both Scale And Reach; “A Brand Only Gets You So Far” — NATPE
Traditional media execs have been assailed in some corners for their allegiance to the notion of a brand — be it a network, a studio or talent — that they rely on to draw audiences to content.
An executive panel closed out the Streaming Summit at NATPE by considering how dramatically the idea of brands has changed — and in some ways how vital it remains.
Wall Street analyst Michael Nathanson said Disney’s public posture on its OTT strategy changed from, essentially, “kids… Read
Ken Kwapis To Produce & Direct Series Adaptation Of ‘Every Second Counts’ Based On Book
Adam Richman and Jenette Kahn’s Double Nickel Entertainment and Alexandra Beattie and Ken Kwapis’ In Cahoots are teaming to produce an adaptation of Donald McRae’s nonfiction book Every Second Counts: The Race To Transplant the First Human Heart, as a limited series.
BAFTA-winning scribe Nick Fisher (The Giblet Boys) is attached to pen the adaptation and Kwapis will direct.
Set in 1967, Every Second Counts focuses on charismatic South African heart surgeon Christiaan… Read
Ruth Wilson To Play Her Grandmother In Masterpiece’s ‘Mrs Wilson’ For PBS, BBC
Ruth Wilson will star in Mrs. Wilson, a three-part drama inspired by the memoir of her grandmother, Masterpiece chief Rebecca Eaton told TV critics at TCA on Tuesday.
Set in 1940s and 1960s London and 1930s India, the series follows Alison Wilson, who is happily married to her husband, who is a mystery writer. When he dies a woman shows up at her door, claiming that she too is Mrs. Wilson and was married to her husband.
Turns out, Rebecca Eaton told TV critics, that… Read
Jaunt Strikes First-Look VR Deal With XYZ Films
EXCLUSIVE: Jaunt Inc., a producer and distributor of immersive content, has partnered with XYZ Films in a first-look deal for all of its upcoming virtual reality projects.
The Silicon Valley-based Jaunt plays in various aspects of the emerging medium, with a production studio in Santa Monica and an engineering group in San Mateo, CA that developed the new distribution platform it showed off to entertainment industry executives last week at the Consumer Electronics… Read
New J.J. Abrams Drama Series In the Works
J.J. Abrams is developing a new drama series via his Warner Bros. TV-based Bad Robot Productions banner, Deadline has confirmed.
Written by Abrams, the untitled project is said to center around a world's battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Abrams is executive producing with Bad Robot’s Ben Stephenson. The project is currently being shopped with interest from multiple bidders.
Next up for the Fringe creator is psychological-horror drama series Castle Rock at… Read
Hugh Wilson Dies: ‘WKRP In Cincinnati’ Creator Who Helmed ‘Police Academy’ & ‘First Wives Club’ Was 74
Hugh Wilson, an Emmy-winning writer-producer and WKRP in Cincinnati series creator who also directed several features including The First Wives Club and the original Police Academy, has died. He was 74. WCAV-TV Charlottesville, VA, reported that he died over the weekend in Albemarle County.
Wilson started his TV writing career on The Bob Newhart Show and The Tony Randall Show in the mid-1970s. He then created the influential sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, which aired for four… Read
Ann Curry Set For ‘CBS This Morning’ Interview Tomorrow In TV Return
Ann Curry will sit with CBS This Morning tomorrow for her first TV interview since her 2015 exit from NBC’s Today. The news comes as Curry re-emerges with a new PBS series We’ll Meet Again, and also after her former Today co-host Matt Lauer was fired in November amid sexual misconduct claims.
CBS said Curry will discuss upcoming PBS show, Lauer and the #MeToo movement.
Curry is also the subject of a People exclusive that hits newsstands Friday, which the magazine touted… Read