THE ANGEL OF DARKNESS
Ordered straight to limited series
STUDIO: Paramount Television/Studio T
TEAM: Eric Roth (ep), Steve Golin (ep), Rosalie Swedlin (ep), Cary Joji Fukunaga (ep)
LOGLINE: Sequel to The Alienist.
CAST: Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning
STUDIO: Macro/Studio T
TEAM: David Schneiderman (w, ep), Stefanie Huie (ep), Charles D. King (ep), Kim Roth (ep), Poppy Hanks (ep), Anne Wolfe (p)
LOGLINE: Inspired by the life of legendary boxing trainer Ann Wolfe, it centers on a feisty, brilliant yet damaged woman with a “kill or be killed” mentality. While these qualities make her an excellent trainer, they tend to cause problems in the rest of her life.
STUDIO: Team Downey/Sonar Entertainment/Studio T
TEAM: KC Perry (w, ep), Jesse Peretz (d, ep), Elisabeth Shue (ep), Robert Downey Jr (p), Susan Downey (p), Amanda Burrell (p), Bill Dubuque (p), Tom Lesinski (p), Jenna Santoianni (p)
LOGLINE: Darkly humorous, veneer-stripping story about one woman’s refusal to fade into obsolescence. It follows former beauty queen-turned-small-town bureaucrat, Constance Young, whose life is thrown into turmoil after her husband’s mysterious death. Realizing she and her family are on the verge of financial ruin, Constance turns to cooking the books at City Hall, while simultaneously trying to reinvent herself through the hyper-competitive world of direct-sales cosmetics.
CAST: Elisabeth Shue
STUDIO: Tomorrow Studios/Studio T
TEAM: Liz Sarnoff (w, ep, sr), Margaret Cho (w, ep), Nisha Ganatra (d)
LOGLINE: Chronicles what happens when two extended, dysfunctional Korean-American families who share the same patriarch must come together after tragedy strikes. As it turns out, the most reliable person in both families is the one who just got out of rehab. Inspired by Margaret Cho’s personal history with substance abuse.
CAST: Margaret Cho, Laura San Giacomo
ONE DAY SHE’LL DARKEN
Ordered straight to limited series; six episodes
STUDIO: Studio T
TEAM: Patty Jenkins (d, ep), Sam Sheridan (w, ep), Chris Pine (ep), Michael Sugar (ep), Carl Franklin (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Fauna Hodel was given away by her teenage birth mother to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino in 1949. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to Dr. George Hodel, an infamous Hollywood gynecologist who is involved in the town’s darkest debauchery and a suspect in the infamous “Black Dahlia” murder.
CAST: Chris Pine, India Eisley, Jefferson Mays, Leland Orser, Yul Vazquez, Justin Cornwell, Dylan Smith, Jay Paulson, Golden Brooks, Connie Nielsen
SNOWPIERCERPicked up to series
STUDIO: Tomorrow Studios/Studio T/CJ Entertainment
TEAM: Marty Adelstein (ep), Becky Clements (ep), Bong Joon-ho (ep), Park Chan-wook (ep), Lee Tae-hun (ep) Dooho Choi (ep), , Scott Derrickson (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe, the program questions class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival. Based on Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 movie.
CAST: Daveed Diggs, Jennifer Connelly, Mickey Sumner Alison Wright, Benjamin Haigh, Annalise Basso, Sasha Frolova, Roberto Urbina, Katie McGuinness
TELL ME YOUR SECRETS Picked up to series
STUDIO: Made Up Stories/Studio T
TEAM: Harriet Warner (w, ep), Houda Benyamina (d), Bruna Papandrea (ep), Casey Haver (ep)
LOGLINE: Follows a trio of characters, each with a mysterious and troubling past: a young woman who once looked into the eyes of a dangerous killer, a former serial predator desperate to find redemption and Mary, a grieving mother obsessed with finding her missing daughter. As each of them is pushed to the edge, the truth about their pasts and motives grows ever murkier, blurring the lines between victim and perpetrator.
CAST: Lily Rabe, Amy Brenneman, Hamish Linklater, Xavier Samuel, Enrique Murciano, Chiara Aurelia, Ashley Madekwe, Bryant Tardy, Stella Baker, Charles Esten (recurring)