SpoilerTV Daily Newsreel - 20th February 2019 *Updated* By SpoilerTV (February 21, 2019, 11:01 am)
Pilot Shows, Movies, Chicago PD, Jane the Virgin, This is Us, MacGyver, Claws, You, Proven Innocent, Grand Hotel, Hightown, Dollface, P-Valley
P-Valley - Carolyn Braver, Parker Sawyers, Elarica Johnson & Harriett D. Foy Join Starz Strip Club Drama
Carolyn Braver (The Iceman Cometh) plays Gidget, a quirky and earnest trailer-park philosopher. She’s a second-generation pole dancer and the ultimate ride-or-die best friend who views stripping as an Olympic-worthy sport — high art, even.
Parker Sawyers (Pine Gap) plays Andre Watkins, a former son of this gritty Delta town who’s managed to transform himself into a well-educated, upper-middle-class high-achiever. Back home on mysterious business, he finds himself ensnared by a mystery woman and the ties that bind his struggling community.
Elarica Johnson (Blade Runner 2049) plays Autumn Night: “The Foreign”, a perfectly polished beauty with a dark secret tucked deep in her Louis Vuitton bag. This bad and bougie femme fatale washes up on the shores of the club under murky circumstances. A walking wound in need of connection and care, she’s got no time to depend on the kindness of strangers—she’s depending on her damn self in the dangerous landscape of the Delta.
Harriett D. Foy (Law & Order: SVU) plays Patrice Woodbine, a gospel singing pimpstress and the muva of our shero, Mercedes. She’s a larger than life, wanna-be preacher who can squeeze an offering from a stone and have an entire congregation speaking in tongues.
MOVIES: The Secret Life of Pets 2 - The Rooster Trailer
How To Make Love To A Black Woman - Comedy Anthology from Lena Waithe Receives Pilot Order from Showtime
Showtime has given a pilot order to How To Make Love To A Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Sh*t), a comedy anthology series from The Chi creator/executive producer Lena Waithe and the series’ writer Cathy Kisakye.
Created by Casallina “Cathy” Kisakye, How To Make Love to a Black Woman will be a collection of multi-part episodes which will include a new characters in an authentic world, telling stories about connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing – and harrowingly comic – sexual secrets.
MOVIES: Rocketman - Taron Egerton is Elton John Featurette
MOVIES: The Dirt - Trailer feat Douglas Booth, Iwan Rheon, Colson Baker, and Daniel Webber
The Storyteller - Reimagined Series in Development from Neil Gaiman, The Jim Henson Company & Fremantle
Thanks to Jon XVI for the heads up.
EXCLUSIVE: Jim Henson’s iconic 80s anthology series The Storyteller is eyeing a comeback. Fremantle has teamed with The Jim Henson Company and author/TV writer-producer Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Good Omens) to develop a reimagined version of The Storyteller for television.
In the new incarnation, written and executive produced by Gaiman, The Storyteller will create a mystical world combining various fairy tales and folklore. It will be updated to work “for the binging kind” of viewer of today, Gaiman said.
Loner - Drama Based on Novel by Teddy Wayne in Development at HBO
EXCLUSIVE: HBO is in early development on Loner, a drama based on the novel by Teddy Wayne, with Wayne attached to pen the pilot and co-executive produce.
In Loner, David Federman has never felt appreciated. An academically gifted yet painfully forgettable member of his New Jersey high school class, the withdrawn, mild-mannered freshman arrives at Harvard fully expecting to be embraced by a new tribe of high-achieving peers. Initially, however, his social prospects seem unlikely to change, sentencing him to a lifetime of anonymity.
Then he meets Veronica Morgan Wells. Struck by her beauty, wit, and sophisticated Manhattan upbringing, David becomes instantly infatuated. Determined to win her attention and an invite into her glamorous world, he begins compromising his moral standards for this one, great shot at happiness. But both Veronica and David, it turns out, are not exactly as they seem.
NETFLIX'S "GREEN EGGS AND HAM" ANNOUNCES ENSEMBLE CAST FOR FALL DEBUT
- THE ELLEN DEGENERES-PRODUCED PROJECT FEATURES VOICE ACTING FROM ADAM DEVINE, MICHAEL DOUGLAS, ILANA GLAZER, DIANE KEATON, EDDIE IZZARD, TRACY MORGAN AND KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY AMONG OTHERS. -
Based on the beloved book by Dr. Seuss, the upcoming animated series follows opposites "Guy" and "Sam" as they venture out on a road trip to save an endangered animal from a far off zoo. Along the way they learn to try new things like hope, friendship, and a certain delectable dish.
· Created by: Jared Stern · Executive Producers: Ellen DeGeneres, Jared Stern, Sam Register, and Mike Karz (Gulfstream TV), and David Dobkin and Jeff Kleeman. · Produced by: Warner Bros. Animation · Debuting this fall on Netflix
SAM I AM (Voiced by Adam Devine) A wildlife rescuer who specializes in saving rare animals and savoring every bite of Green Eggs & Ham. GUY AM I (Voiced by Michael Douglas) An amateur inventor turned professional paint-watcher looking for a warm bowl of oat mush, peace and quiet. EB (Voiced by Ilana Glazer) A curious, fun seeking girl who just wants to keep a dangerous wild animal as a pet. MICHELLEE (Voiced by Diane Keaton) EB's overprotective mother who'd rather stay home and count beans than ever risk any fun. NARRATED by Keegan-Michael Key Our rhyming guide on the road to Meepville SNERZ (Voiced by Eddie Izzard) The tiny, evil overlord of the biggest company in all of Seussdom with a passion for collecting rare, illegal animals. MCWINKLE (Voiced by Jeffrey Wright) A professional bad guy on one last job. GLUNTZ (Voiced by Jillian Bell) A professional bad guy on her very first job. GOAT (Voiced by John Turturro) The biggest, baddest goat this side of Meepville. FOX (Voiced by Tracy Morgan) A fox torn by his love for a chicken and her tasty green eggs. MOUSE (Voiced by Daveed Diggs) A revolutionary at heart, this vermin longs for freedom and cheese.
Short Synopsis: Opposites Guy and Sam take a road trip to save an endangered animal, learning to try new things like hope, friendship, and a certain delectable dish.
Long Synopsis: The story of Green Eggs and Ham is like a postmodern Plains, Trains and Automobiles through the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss. Sam rescues the rare Chickeraffe from the Glurfsburg Zoo, hides it in a briefcase, and attempts to make his way to Meepville where he can charter a cold air balloon to take the Chickeraffe to his island home.
Guy just flopped his last big chance at being a world famous inventor for the industrial Snerz Co. He packs up his invention in a briefcase and resigns to give up on his dreams and become a paint watcher. A chance meeting at a diner with Sam, and a switch up with the briefcases results in these two unlikely souls getting mixed up on an adventure that takes them on a journey of self discovery.
Our two mismatched heroes cross paths with overprotective Michellee, whose daughter, EB, desperately wants a pet, and falls madly in love with the Chickeraffe... despite her mother's fears that it will eat off her face (it won't). Michellee's walled up heart also connects with the heart-hardened Guy. And a laborious love story begins.
Our fakakta foursome are also unknowingly pursued by a bounty hunter goat, two bad guys, and a villain who's out to get the Chickeraffee as his ultimate trophy.
MOVIES: Triple Frontier - Trailer 2 feat Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund & Pedro Pascal
15th February 2019
Loki - Michael Waldron to Write Disney+ Series
Loki, one of the first series that Marvel Studios will be making for Disney’s streaming service, Disney+, has landed Michael Waldron as its point person. Waldron will write the pilot, act as show creator and exec produce the series.
Sources say the show will follow Loki as the trickster and shape-shifter pops up throughout human history as an unlikely influencer on historical events.
When a barrier breach jeopardizes the safety of Auradon during their departure off the Isle, Mal resolves to permanently close the barrier, fearing that nemeses Uma (China Anne McClain) and Hades (Cheyenne Jackson) will wreak vengeance on the kingdom. Despite her decision, an unfathomable dark force threatens the people of Auradon, and it’s up to Mal and the VKs to save everyone in their most epic battle yet.
14th February 2019
MOVIES: Pirates of the Caribbean 6 - Writers Depart Retooled Installment
EXCLUSIVE: Disney film production chief Sean Bailey’s effort to retool and relaunch the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is back in uncertain waters after the defection of Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, the hot-shot writing team behind Fox’s mighty Deadpool franchise. Disney insiders say Reese & Wernick are no longer working on a sixth installment.
Cipher - Gabriel Bateman to Star; Kyla-Drew Simmons to Co-Star in Syfy AI Drama Pilot
Written by Allison Miller (Strange Angel), in Cipher, following the recent death of his mother, 13-year-old video game junkie Asa’s (Gabriel Bateman; American Gothic, Outcast) life changes yet again when his brain is implanted with one-of-a-kind computer technology, and the boy and his father unwittingly find themselves at the center of the next great war – over artificial intelligence.
Kyla-Drew Simmons (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn) plays 16-year-old Annie, a mysterious figure Asa meets inside the video game. Although Annie seems to know a great deal about the game, she understands very little about the complexities of human relationships and the world outside the game.
This spring, 18 animated short stories presented by Tim Miller (Deadpool, upcoming untitled Terminator sequel) and David Fincher (MINDHUNTER, Gone Girl, House of Cards) land on Netflix in it's first ever animated adult anthology series. Love Death and Robots premieres March 15th only on Netflix.
The full roster of stories will cover a variety of adult topics including racism, government, war, free will, and human nature. The anthology collection spans the science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy genres and each short has a unique animation style: from traditional 2D to photo-real 3D CGI. The creators were assembled for a global calling for best in class animators from all over the world including artists from France, Korea, Hungary, Canada and the US among others. The series draws inspiration from the eclectic and provocative comic book material from the 1970's that influenced both Miller's and Fincher's formative interests in storytelling.
(Future) Cult Classic - Emily Alyn Lind, Jacob McCarthy, Cayden Boyd, Abraham Juste & Zoe Renee to Star in Syfy Pilot
Emily Alyn Lind (Code Black) will play Bree, a classic 90s horror movie Final Girl trapped in the wrong decade. Growing up in a future dominated by technology and terrible electronic music, her love of pop culture from decades past marks her as an outsider– a status she wears as a badge of honor.
McCarthy will portray Andy, who has been Bree’s best friend for nearly a decade, and for nearly all of that time has wanted to be more. He has an enormous love of old horror movies, and, even more than Bree, tremendous disdain for the generation he grew up in.
The Devil in the White City - Drama Based on Novel from Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese in Development at Hulu
Hulu is developing a series based on the book “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America” by Erik Larson. Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese will executive produce the project along with Stacey Sher, Rick Yorn, Emma Koskoff, and Jennifer Davisson. Paramount Television will produce.
“The Devil in the White City” tells true story of two men, an architect and a serial killer, whose fates were forever linked by The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893: Daniel H. Burnham, a brilliant and fastidious architect racing to mark his mark on the world and Henry H. Holmes, a handsome and cunning doctor who fashioned his own pharmaceutical “Murder Castle” on the fair grounds.
MOVIES: Yesterday - Trailer feat Himesh Patel & Lily James
MOVIES: The Hustle - Trailer feat Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway
MOVIES: Tolkien - Trailer feat Nicholas Hoult
MOVIES: The Curse of La Llorona - Trailer feat Linda Cardellini
MOVIES: Juanita - Trailer feat Alfre Woodard
MOVIES: Childs Play - Trailer feat Aubrey Plaza & Gabriel Bateman
Make Your Home Among Strangers - Drama Based on Book with Cuban American Lead In Development at Freeform
Freeform is developing a drama series based on the book “Make Your Home Among Strangers” by Jennine Capó Crucet, Variety has learned exclusively. Danny Tolli (The Catch) will write the adaptation in addition to serving as executive producer.
The project is described as a cross-generational drama that follows both a Cuban American girl who struggles her freshman year at an elite New England college and the chaotic family she leaves behind in Miami, all set against the backdrop of the explosive Elian Gonzalez trial in the 1990’s. The series explores issues of identity, race, and class in America.
Heartstrings - Sarah Shahi, Rochelle Aytes, Virginia Gardner, Bellamy Young, Andy Mientus, Katie Stevens & More Join Dolly Parton’s Netflix Anthology
NETFLIX ROUNDS OUT CAST FOR "DOLLY PARTON'S HEARTSTRINGS”
Oscar winners Melissa Leo, Ray McKinnon, and Emmy winners Jessica Collins, Camryn Manheim, Tim Busfield, and Patricia Wettig are among 19 cast in upcoming anthology series.
The Dolly music you love, the stories you've been waiting for. Dolly Parton's Heartstrings is an anthology series that showcases the stories, memories, and inspirations behind her most beloved songs. New and classic Dolly music will score every episode. Each story will vary in tone, from love stories and inspirational tales to family dramas, westerns, and revenge comedies.
Each episode will begin with an introduction by Dolly talking/singing to camera (as herself) about the meaning behind each song. Dolly will also star/guest star in some stories. Each episode is a standalone story and will have a different cast.
Produced by Magnolia Hill Productions and Sandollar Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television for Netflix, Dolly Parton's Heartstrings will premiere in 2019. Executive producers include Sam Haskell, Dolly Parton, and Patrick Sean Smith (who also serves as showrunner).
Previously announced episode castings include "Jolene," "JJ Sneed," "These Old Bones," and "If I Had Wings."
Cracker Jack CAST: Sarah Shahi - "Lucy Jane" Rochelle Aytes - "Scarlett" Jessica Collins - "Monica" Tammy Lynn Michaels - "Bitsy" Writer: Lisa Melamed Director: Liesl Tommy SYNOPSIS: Two stories -- one past, one present -- about the power of unconditional love between a girl and her dog, and that same girl, now grown, who questions what her life means and who she can truly count on when faced with her greatest fear.
Sugar Hill CAST: Patricia Wettig ' "Harper Cantrell" Timothy Busfield - "Logan Cantrell" Virginia Gardner - "Young Harper" Tom Brittney - "Young Logan" Writer: Thomas Ian Griffith & Mary Page Keller Director: Lev L. Spiro SYNOPSIS: A married couple in their twilight embarks on a road trip back to the place where they first fell in love, along the way revisiting the history of their love story.
Down From Dover CAST: Holly Taylor - "Delilah 'Dee' Covern" Shane McGhie - "Lincoln Dollarhyde" Robert Taylor - "Reverend Covern" Bellamy Young - "Myrna Jorgensen" Camryn Manheim - "Mrs. Grover" Mary Lane Haskell - "Mrs. Cunningham" Writer: John Sacret Young Director: Erica Dunton SYNOPSIS: After being shunned by her pious widowed father, a pregnant teenager finds support at a home for unwed mothers, where she hopes for the safe return, of the young man she loves, from the Vietnam War.
Two Doors Down CAST: Melissa Leo - "Amelia Meegers" Ray McKinnon - "Roy Meegers" Andy Mientus - "Tyler Meegers" Katie Stevens - "Lee Meegers" Michael Willett - "Cole Evans" Writer: Mark B. Perry Director: Wendey Stanzler SYNOPSIS: A family's lifetime of secrets come bursting out during a chaotic and comedic New Year's Eve wedding weekend. Will they make it to witness the "I do's" without killing one another?
Less Than Zero & Search And Destroy - Pilots Passed on By Hulu
EXCLUSIVE: Hulu has opted not to proceed with two pilots, drama Less Than Zero and comedy Search and Destroy.
They are among six recent pilots on Hulu’s slate. Of the other four, two (dramas Reprisal, starring Abigail Spencer, and The Great, starring Elle Fanning) were just picked up to series. Woke is now wrapping filming, while Sweet Tooth is heading into production in May.
This Is Us - Season 3B - Rachel Naomi Hilson & Akira Akbar to Recur as Teen & Young Beth; Carl Lumbly to Guest as Beth’s Father
Rachel Naomi Hilson (Madam Secretary) and Akira Akbar (Grey’s Anatomy) will recur as teen Beth and young Beth. They will make their first appearance in the Feb. 19 episode titled “Our Little Island Girl,” which will focus on Beth’s backstory. Set to guest star in the episode as Beth’s father Abe Clarke is Carl Lumbly (Supergirl).
MOVIES: Shaft - Trailer feat Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp, Matt Lauria, Titus Welliver, Cliff "Method Man" Smith and Richard Roundtree
You - Season 2 - Adwin Brown to Recur
Adwin Brown (Heathers) will play Calvin. A true West Coaster who’s a mix of both meditation and stress, Calvin manages a high-end grocery store, and although he feels his life is more together than most, working at an unconventional store for some unconventional bosses tests him.
Cassandra Scerbo (Sharknado, Make It Or Break It) will play Vanessa, a professional football cheerleader vacationing at the hotel who decides to extend her stay after making a connection with one very lucky member of the staff.
MOVIES: The Sun Is Also A Star - Trailer feat Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton
Woke - Blake Anderson Joins Hulu Comedy Pilot
Workaholics star Blake Anderson has signed on to the project, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He will play a longtime friend of Morris' character in Woke, inspired by the life of K Chroniclescartoonist Keith Knight.
Anderson will play Gunther, one of Keef's three roommates. A lovable eccentric, Gunther's blissful worldview is that everything always works out — and for him, it usually does.
MOVIES: World War Z - Sequel Not Moving Forward at Paramount Due to Budget Issues
The sequel to the half-billion-plus grossing 2013 zombie pic is off again. Due to budget issues, the David Fincher-directed, Plan B produced sequel to World War Z is not moving forward. Cameras were to roll this summer in Atlanta. It’s unclear at this point in time whether it will go back into development or be shelved indefinitely.
MOVIES: Gunpowder Milkshake - Lena Headey to Star in Action Thriller
Thanks to Darthlocke4 for the heads up.
EXCLUSIVE: She’s still got a final season of Game of Thrones to come, but Lena Headey is moving on. She has been set to co-star in Gunpowder Milkshake, the action thriller that Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado will direct for Studiocanal and The Picture Company. Headey joins Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle‘s Karen Gillan, who was set to star earlier this year.
Hightown - Shane Harper and Atkins Estimond Join Starz Series; Rachel Morrison to Direct
STARZ NAMES OSCAR(R) NOMINEE RACHEL MORRISON DIRECTOR FOR "HIGHTOWN"
Shane Harper and Atkins Estimond Join Cast of Scripted Crime Drama
Santa Monica, Calif. - February 5, 2019 - Starz, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), today announced Academy Award(R) nominee Rachel Morrison (Black Panther, Fruitvale Station) will direct the original series "Hightown."
The Cambridge, Mass. native became the first female director of photography to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Cinematography in 2018 for her work on Mudbound. She also served as director of photography for Fruitvale Station and the Oscar(R)-nominated Marvel super-hit Black Panther.
"Rachel is more than ready to set the tone, atmosphere and authenticity of 'Hightown,'" said Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming for Starz. "Rachel is a true trailblazer whose experience and remarkable creative vision have proved to be both impactful and impressive. I can't wait to see the results from Rachel, Rebecca and the entire cast working together."
Shane Harper ("Code Black," "Happyland") and Atkins Estimond ("The Resident," "StartUp," "Lodge 49") join the cast of "Hightown" as "Junior" and "Osito." Harper plays Junior, the son of a Cape Cod fisherman who's 90 days clean, but as he tries to stay sober, he engages in illegal activity to earn enough money to reunite him with his girlfriend and their baby. Estimond portrays Osito, a hardened gangster who has a soft spot for Junior and cultivates a relationship with his soldier-in-training.
The scripted crime drama from Jerry Bruckheimer TV is set amid the drug trade on Cape Cod, touched off when a body washes ashore and is discovered by an irreverent National Marine Fisheries Service officer who is determined to help solve the murder even if the state cops want her nowhere near the case.
"Hightown" is written and executive produced by Rebecca Cutter with Gary Lennon executive producing with Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, Top Gun: Maverick, "The Amazing Race"), Jonathan Littman ("Lucifer," "The Amazing Race," CSI Franchise) and KristieAnne Reed ("CSI: Cyber," "Lucifer," "L.A.'s Finest") from JBTV. Monica Raymund ("Chicago Fire," "The Good Wife") and James Badge Dale (Hold the Dark, 13 Hours) star. Production begins in March.
MacGyver - Season 3 - Levy Tran Joins Cast in Major Recurring Role
Levy Tran (The Haunting Of Hill House, Shameless) will play Desiree Nguyen (Desi), who joins the Phoenix Foundation to protect MacGyver (Lucas Till) and his team on their global missions. If the show is renewed CBS has an option to make her a series regular and potential new co-lead opposite Till.
Dirty Thirty - Cop Drama from Power Creator in Development at HBO
Power creator, Courtney Kemp, is developing Dirty Thirty with the Richard Plepler run premium cabler and Lionsgate.
The New York City set one-hour drama series from seasoned producer Kemp is based in part on the well known tale of real-life rogue cops that operated out of the NYD’s 30th Precinct in the early 1990s before a slew of corruption investigations and arrests. The real Dirty Thirty cops were engaged in drug dealing, extortion and a lot of strong arming, to put it mildly.
The Dirty Thirty TV series will start as "a story of a cop family and ends as the story of a crime wave infecting the highest levels of municipal government, corrupting the justice system and defining a city."