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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated January 16, 2019)
Rose Byrne, Justin Hartley, Wanda Sykes & More Set To Co-Star In CBS Films Comedy ‘Lexi’(1/16/19) Rose Byrne (Spy, Instant Family), Justin Hartley (This Is Us, A Bad Moms Christmas), Wanda Sykes (Black-ish, A Bad Moms Christmas), Ron Funches (Trolls, Undateable), and Charlyne Yi (The Disaster Artist, Twin Peaks) have joined star Adam Devine as well as previously announced cast Michael Peña and Alexandra Shipp in Lexi, a comedy from Bad Moms helmers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.
The film, which is currently in production, explores what can happen when you love your phone more than anything else in your life. Byrne will voice Lexi, an omnipresent AI assistant who takes her job of ‘making his life better’ much too seriously.
“We are extremely grateful to have such an incredible cast,” said Lucas. “Clearly, they haven’t watched any of our prior work.”
“Speaking for everyone perpetually enamored with, and increasingly terrified by, how well their phone knows them, I look forward to this extraordinary group of actors and filmmakers exploring the side effects of too much tech,” remarked CBS Films President Terry Press. “I think audiences will agree that some romances are better when you disconnect.”
Suzanne Todd, the producer behind the Bad Moms films, is producing Lexi, while Mark Ross and Alex Ginno will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.
Byrne is repped by CAA and by RGM in Australia; Hartley by CAA and Jackoway, Austen, Tyerman; Sykes by WME and attorney Roger Pliakas; Funches by Truhett Garcia Management, CAA, and attorney Lev Ginsburg; Yi by UTA, Mosaic and Lev Ginsburg and Ginsburg Daniels LLP.
Lindsay Hartley Previews Her New Movie, 'My Mother's Split Personalities'(1/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Get ready to see a side of Lindsay Hartley you’ve never seen before — four of them, to be exact! She’s starring in the new movie, My Mother’s Split Personalities, premiering Saturday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime! The daytime alum has appeared as Theresa on PASSIONS, Arianna on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and Cara on ALL MY CHILDREN, but at no point in her soap career did she ever get to play multiple personalities! “And I never got to play twins, either,” Hartley admitted to Soaps In Depth. “But I did do a Lifetime movie last August and I did get to play twins. That was super fun. So that was kind of the next step and then this one is the step after that!”
In the film, Hartley plays Gail Price, a woman who suffers from dissociative identity disorder and is under the control of her new boyfriend, Warren, who hopes to get his hands on the money Gail inherited from her late husband. When Gail’s daughter, Julie, returns home, she is shocked to learn of her mother’s condition, and struggles to save her from Warren and get her the help she needs. “This criminal boyfriend knows about Gail’s mental issues and that’s their angle to get the inheritance,” Hartley previews. “They’ve been casing her and stuff. And when Gail is threatened, that’s when the alpha personality comes out to protect the other ones.
“The first one, the little girl, comes out when Julie leaves,” the actress explains. “And then Madeline, the sexy, fun, romantic chick comes out when she meets Warren. And then the third one comes out when Gail is in danger. That’s Sadie, the dominant personality. The one that is literally the most dangerous. She will kill to protect the other personalities.”
Soap fans are used to multiple personality storylines, and Hartley is thrilled she’s finally getting to tackle that particular acting challenge. “I was super pumped when [executive producer] Pierre David asked me to join in on this projet because it’s really cool to be able to throw so many people into a role, right? I hope you get sucked into Gail’s trouble, because she’s really messed up. She’s a really screwed up character.”
SAG Awards Nominations(12/13/18) MOTION PICTURES
The SAG Awards are January 27 at the Shrine Auditorium, simulcast live by Turner’s TNT and TBS. As previously announced, Alan Alda will receive the guild’s Life Achievement Award during the ceremony.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
A STAR IS BORN (Warner Bros. Pictures)
BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)
BLACKKKLANSMAN (Focus Features)
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (20th Century Fox)
CRAZY RICH ASIANS (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THE AMERICANS (FX Networks)
BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC)
THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Hulu)
THIS IS US (NBC)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
ATLANTA (FX Networks)
THE KOMINSKY METHOD (Netflix)
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (Prime Video)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
JULIA GARNER / Ruth Langmore – “OZARK” (Netflix)
Critics’ Choice Awards Nominations(12/12/18) The winners will be revealed at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala, broadcast live January 13 on the CW at 7 PM ET/PT.MOVIES
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Lifetime Unveils Premiere Dates For Winter Movie Slate(12/4/18) Lifetime has unveiled the premiere dates for their robust slate of winter movies. From music icons to deadly cheerleaders to the daughter of a notorious mob boss, the network isn’t holding back when it comes to the drama — some based on true stories, some not — for 2019.
Highlights of their slate include Love You to Death (January 26) starring Marcia Gay Harden, which is based on the true story of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem, their tumultuous relationship ending in a brutal murder. Also based on a true story is Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (January 19) starring Christina Ricci. The movie is inspired by Nellie Bly’s undercover stay at the impenetrable Women’s Lunatic Asylum. For something a little lighter, there’s Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You (February 16) which follows the personal and professional journey of the titular Grease icon. Lifetime acquired the biopic for its U.S. premiere.
Other features on the slate include Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter (February 9) which is executive produced by the real-life Victoria Gotti. Lifetime will also bring back the cult classic Death of a Cheerleader (February 2). The remake will see the return of Kellie Martin, who starred in the 1994 original.
Lifetime has also acquired Best Friend’s Betrayal and My Mother’s Split Personalities for January. The network will feature five weeks of premieres every Saturday at 8 pm PT/ET, beginning January 19.
See the complete list and summaries of the features below.
Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story
The Lifetime feature is inspired by Nellie Bly’s undercover stay at the impenetrable Women’s Lunatic Asylum and stars Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress Christina Ricci (Monster), two-time Tony award-winner, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Judith Light (Transparent, The Assassination of Giannni Versace) as Matron Grady and Josh Bowman (Revenge).
On a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, investigative reporter Nellie Bly (Ricci) feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside. The movie delivers an intense and fictionalized account of actual events surrounding Nellie’s stay beginning after Nellie has undergone treatment, leaving her with no recollection of how she came to the asylum or her real identity. Nellie’s unwillingness to submit to authority results in unspeakable torture at the hands of the head nurse, Matron Grady (Light). When Nellie captures the attention of Dr. Josiah (Bowman) who tries to help her, Grady’s barbaric tactics only intensify, leading Nellie to questions if she actually does belong in the asylum after all.
A real-life hero, Nellie Bly’s expose was the first of its kind in America and inspired the global reformation of mental health care.
Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story is executive produced by Howard Braunstein along with Ricci of Grey Team Productions. Michael Tive, David Sigal, Peter Werner and Jonathan Baruch of StoryBy Entertainment also serve as executive producers with Karen Moncrieff as director (Petals on the Wind) with a screenplay by Helen Childress (Reality Bites).
Love You to Death
Inspired by a true story, Love You to Death is a shocking tale of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem, their tumultuous relationship ending in a brutal murder. Camile (Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, Fifty Shades features, Code Black, Point Blank) and Esme (Emily Skeggs, Miseducation of Cameron Post, Mile 22) are well-known in their community – Esme as the sickly, child-like wheelchair-bound daughter, and Camile as the perfect caretaker and mother. They seem a perfect pair until Camile is found stabbed to death in her home, and Esme has vanished, believed to be kidnapped by the killer. But when Esme is found, a terrible secret emerges. Esme was not kidnapped. Instead she ran away with her boyfriend (Brennan Keel Cook) after working with him to murder Camile. More than that, Esme is perfectly healthy, mentally and physically, and has been a victim of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, forced to believe she was ill by her controlling, abusive mother.
Tate Donovan (The Man in The High Castle) plays Travis, Esme’s estranged father who tries to reconnect with his daughter, despite her mother’s objections.
Marcia Gay Harden is repped by ICM Partners and Framework Entertainment.
Love You to Death is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment Television. Executive producers are Jordan Davis and John Davis. Alex Kalymnios directs from a script written by Anthony Jaswinski.
Death of a Cheerleader
In a remake of the cult-classic, Death of a Cheerleader is inspired by Randall Sullivan’s Rolling Stone article of the same name about the real-life murder of a popular, affluent and beautiful Northern California high school cheerleader at the hand of a classmate. Bridget Moretti (Aubrey Peeples) is a shy outsider from a lower middle-class background who aspires to be beautiful, popular and perfect in everything. Believing that a friendship with rich and pretty Kelly Locke (Sarah Dugdale), leader of the school’s most prestigious clique, will get her all that she desires, Bridget tries to forge a friendship with her. When Kelly rejects Bridget’s attempts, it leaves her humiliated and feeling like a failure and ultimately fuels a jealous rage that will lead to murder. Death of a Cheerleader explores the events leading up to and after the shocking crime that took place in this upper-middle-class community.
Kellie Martin, who starred alongside Tori Spelling in the original, plays the FBI agent who cracks the case.
Death of a Cheerleader is produced by Just Singer Entertainment and Reunion Pacific Entertainment. Executive producers are Matthew O’Connor, Paddy Bickerton, Steve White and Sheri Singer. Paul Shapiro directs from a script written by Caitlin D. Fryers.
Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter
Executive produced by Victoria Gotti herself, the movie takes us deep into the world of what it was really like to grow up as the daughter of mob boss John Gotti, revealing the glamour, glitz and unique hardships of her world. Sharing never-before-revealed stories about her life, Victoria (played by Chelsea Frei) tells of a sensitive child growing up with a beloved father (Maurice Benard) she worried about constantly; the tragedy of her younger brother’s death; and her turbulent romance, forbidden by her father, with the man who later became her husband. Victoria had a front-row seat to a life the world became fascinated with, all while trying to reconcile the loving father she adored with a man the outside world was determined to bring down.
Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter is produced by Relevé Entertainment for Lifetime with Victoria Gotti, Jennifer Wachtell (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Holly Carter (Home is Where You Find It) executive producing. Catherine Cyran (The Prince & Me) directs from a script co-written by Victoria Gotti and David Schneiderman (Chasing Liberty). The film is based on Gotti’s book This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti. Victoria Gotti will appear on camera narrating her story.
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is the remarkable personal and professional journey of international superstar Olivia Newton-John, illustrated through her music. Covering her lasting power across more than five decades in one of the world’s toughest industries, the film delves into both Olivia’s public persona as well as the private woman behind-the-scenes, including her multiple battles with cancer and her intense fight to survive.
Australian singer, songwriter and actress Delta Goodrem (House Husbands, judge on The Voice, Australia) stars as Olivia Newton-John and re-records her classic hits for the film. Hugo Johnstone-Burt (San Andreas, The Wrong Girl) is Bruce Welch and Todd Lasance (The Flash, The Vampire Diaries) plays Lee Kramer. Richard Brancatisano (Chasing Life) is featured as Matt Lattanzi, Anthony Brandon Wong (The Matrix Revolutions) is Patrick McDermott, Morgan Griffin (San Andreas, The Sleepover Club) is young Olivia, and Georgia Flood (American Princess, Wentworth) is young Pat Carroll.
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is produced by Fremantle with the assistance of Screen Australia and Film Victoria for Channel Seven. Lifetime has acquired the film for the U.S. premiere.
JANUARY ACQUIRED MOVIES
Best Friend’s Betrayal
Best friends Katie (Mary Grill) and Jess (Vanessa Walsh) are inseparable and have always had each other’s backs. When Jess begins a new serious relationship with famous crime writer, Nick (Jaime M. Callica), Katie is unsure of this new seemingly perfect man. Katie wants to support her friend’s newfound happiness but is fiercely protective of her. But Katie’s obsession with Jess soon proves deadly and it is up to the recently vilified Nick to expose this supposed ‘best friend’ before it is too late. Best Friend’s Betrayal is produced by Reel One Entertainment.
My Mother’s Split Personalities
After her father dies of a heart attack, Julie Price (Kayla Wallace) has returned home after two years of living in estrangement from her mother Gail (Lindsay Hartley). But Gail is not herself these days, acting bizarrely and under the control of Warren (Jefferson Brown), a highly intelligent criminal, who has become Gail’s boyfriend and is plotting to get his hands on a vast amount of money left behind by her dead husband. As Julie investigates the cause of her mother’s strange behavior, she gets closer to the truth about Warren, and a deadly game of cat and mouse begins, in which the dark criminal operator will do anything to protect his payday. It’s up to Julie to save her mother from not only Warren but also from her own split personalities and get her the help she desperately needs. My Mother’s Split Personalities is produced by Reel One Entertainment
NBC Nabs Drama ‘3,000 Hours’ From Erin Cardillo, Richard Keith & Berlanti Prods. As Put Pilot(11/28/18) Life Sentence creators Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith are the most prolific writers this broadcast developing season, selling a third high-profile project. NBC has given a put pilot commitment to 3,000 Hours, a drama from Cardillo, Keith, Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, where Berlanti Prods. is based. The sale gives Berlanti Prods. at least one project with a big commitment at each of the five broadcast networks this season.
Penned by Cardillo and Keith, 3,000 Hours revolves around a group of master’s psychology candidates who embark on the 3,000 clinical hours they must spend in the field with patients to get their degrees — all while balancing their education, friendships and messy personal lives. Along the way, they’ll not only find unique and surprising ways to help their patients, they’ll also learn how to help each other and, ultimately, themselves.
Cardillo and Keith executive produce via their In Good Company production banner alongside Berlanti Prods.’ Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Berlanti Prods.’ Ryan Lindenberg serves as producer.
Cardillo and Keith also are writing and executive producing adoption drama The Family Practice, which has a put pilot commitment at Fox, and are co-writing/exec producing with songwriters/screenwriters Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner musical comedy Nobody’s Princess at the CW, produced by Fulwell 73. The duo created Life Sentence, which aired for one season on The CW. They also created the CW’s Significant Mother and served as co-executive producers on Fuller House. They are repped by UTA.
In addition to 3,000 Hours at NBC, Berlanti Prods. has The Secret to a Good Marriage at CBS with a pilot production commitment, Untitled Nkechi Carroll project at ABC and Prodigal Son and Kung Fu at Fox, both with put pilot commitment, and Batwoman at the CW, which has Ruby Rose attached to star. Berlanti is repped by WME.
‘Nobody’s Princess’ Musical Comedy In Works At the CW From ‘Life Sentence’ Creators, ‘First Date’ Duo & Fulwell 73(11/14/18) As Crazy Ex Girlfriend is coming to an end, the CW is setting its sights on a new musical comedy series, which puts a contemporary spin on classic fairytale princesses. The network has put in development Nobody’s Princess, from Life Sentence creators Erin Cardillo (Esme, Passions) and Richard Keith, songwriters/screenwriters Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (First Date musical), Fulwell 73 (Late Late Show with James Corden) and CBS TV Studios where Fulwell 73 is under a deal.
Written and executive produced by Cardillo, Keith, Zachary and Weiner, Nobody’s Princess is a musical comedy that reimagines the stories of four classic fairy tale princesses for today’s generation. Instead of being set “once upon a time, in a land far away” where princesses were waiting around for true love to find them, the time is now, the setting is New York City, and the princesses are a group of friends in their twenties who are setting out to change the world and create their happily-ever-afters on their own terms.
Fulwell 73 partners James Corden, Jeff Grosvenor, Ben Winston and Leo Pearlman executive produce. CBS TV Studios produces with Fulwell 73 and Keith and Cardillo’s In Good Company.
This is the second sale for Keith and Cardillo this season, along with adoption drama The Family Practice, which has a put pilot commitment at Fox. The duo created Life Sentence which aired for one season on The CW. They also created the CW’s Significant Mother and served as co-executive producers on Fuller House.
Zachary and Weiner have been a songwriting and screenwriting team since their high school days as drama jocks at Oakwood in North Hollywood. The first song they sold was for Hanna-Barbera’s A Flintstone Family Christmas, which ultimately led to other projects such as their musical First Date on Broadway. They most recently penned the songs for the musical episode for ABC’s Once Upon A Time, “The Song In Your Heart.”
Fulwell has a track record in music-based shows, in part because of Corden’s music background. That includes Late Late Show viral segments Carpool Karaoke Drop the Mic and Crosswalk the Musical, the first two of which were turned into successful standalone series. In May, Fulwell 73 landed its first scripted series order for comedy Happy Together on CBS, which debuted this fall. This development season, the company also has a family comedy Tommy Johnagin in the works at CBS.
Keith and Cardillo are repped by UTA. Zachary and Weiner are repped by CAA, Kraft-Engel Management and attorney Michael Schenkman. Fulwell 73 is also repped by CAA.
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Brady Bunch Kids Reunite for HGTV Renovation of Real-Life Brady House(11/2/18) Here’s the story of a TV renovation we can’t wait to see: Six original stars of The Brady Bunch came together to help HGTV launch a new series that aims to fix up the real-life Brady Bunch house.
The series, A Very Brady Renovation, will see HGTV stars like Jonathan and Drew Scott (Property Brothers) and Lara Spencer (Flea Market Flip) fix up the Los Angeles house that served as the exterior of the Bradys’ TV home during the beloved show’s 1969-74 run on CBS. The renovators will give the property “a ’70s-inspired rehab” that adds 2,000 square feet to the original footprint while maintaining the iconic street view and recreating the show’s kitschy interior design.
All six Brady kids — Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy) — joined the renovators on Thursday for a walk-through of the property, marking the first time all six actors had been together in nearly 15 years. (Their TV parents Robert Reed and Florence Henderson have both passed away, as has Ann B. Davis, who played housemaid Alice.)
HGTV promises “additional surprise celebrity guests” when A Very Brady Renovation makes its debut in September 2019. (Davy Jones is no longer with us, unfortunately… but maybe Joe Namath is available?)
Travis Schuldt on Splitting Up Together 10/23/18(10/11/18) “Asking for a Friend” – Afraid that the answer could ruin his chances with Lena, Martin finds every way he can to avoid asking Lisa Apple if she is pregnant, while the potential pregnancy makes Lena more and more distant. At the same time, Lena worries Mason is changing himself to please his new girlfriend and finds parallels to her own relationship with Martin. Elsewhere, Maya tells Frank a pretend story about her “friend” who is dating someone new and pregnant to gauge what his honest reaction will be, on ABC’s “Splitting Up Together,” TUESDAY, OCT. 23 (9:30-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“Asking for a Friend” stars Jenna Fischer as Lena, Oliver Hudson as Martin, Bobby Lee as Arthur, Diane Farr as Maya, Lindsay Price as Camille, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo.
Guest starring is Monica Barbaro as Lisa Apple, Travis Schuldt as Frank and Marc Evan Jackson as Gene.
“Asking for a Friend” was written by Sierra Ornelas, based on the Danish format by Mette Heeno and directed by Michael Engler.
Travis Schuldt on Splitting Up Together(10/2/18) “Sign Language” – The morning after Lena and Martin sleep together, Lena searches for signs that they are or aren’t meant to be a couple. Their relationship is put to the test after she organizes a romantic beach getaway and it becomes apparent what’s meant to be. Meanwhile, Arthur and Camille trail Lisa Apple, hoping to determine if she is pregnant with Martin’s baby. Elsewhere, Maya struggles to decide if she should tell her new boyfriend, Frank, about her pregnancy, on the season premiere of ABC’s “Splitting Up Together,” TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (9:30-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“Splitting Up Together” stars Jenna Fischer as Lena, Oliver Hudson as Martin, Bobby Lee as Arthur, Diane Farr as Maya, Lindsay Price as Camille, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo.
Guest starring is Geoff Pierson as Henry, Monica Barbaro as Lisa Apple, Trent Garrett as Wes, Milly Shapiro as Emma Rebecca and Travis Schuldt as Frank.
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