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Alicia vs. Diane — Round 2?
The recently-ordered Good Wife spinoff — starring Christine Baranski (Diane) and Cush Jumbo (Lucca) and set to launch in Spring 2017 on CBS All Access — may very well feature a guest turn by the original series’ leading lady, Julianna Margulies.
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The Good Wife spin-off launching on CBS All-Access in spring 2017, will pick up a year after the bracing slap that was The Good Wife TV series finale. Christine Baranski will reprise her role as Diane Lockhart. She will be joined by Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn. New characters will be added as the story "evolves."
Star Trek won't be the only familiar brand name available only on the CBS All-Access streaming app, as a Good Wife spin-off built around Christina Baranski and Cush Jumbo has been officially ordered. The series, which will debut in the spring of 2017, will be co-created by Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, along with, of all people, Field of Dreams writer/director Phil Alden Robinson. There's the sticky matter of Baranski's Diane Lockhart likely despising Jumbo's Lucca Quinn at the end of the original series, thanks to Lucca conspiring with Alicia Florrick to humiliate Diane's husband in open court and perhaps irreparably harm her marriage. But maybe they'll both blame all of that on Alicia, who will be off rubbing her jaw somewhere, as unseen as Kalinda eventually became on Good Wife proper. On the one hand, there's not an enormous audience overlap between Good Wife and Star Trek. »
- Alan Sepinwall
"The Good Wife" spin-off is officially a go with CBS announcing on Wednesday that it has given a straight-to-series order for the follow-up which centers on Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) and Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo).
Creators Robert and Michelle King are set to co-write the first episode but will not run the series which is aiming for a Spring 2017 debut exclusively on the network's CBS All Access service. It will be the second original series to debut on the service, alongside the new "Star Trek" TV series which kicks off in January.
The new spin-off will introduce new characters and pick up one year after the events of the finale of "The Good Wife". Phil Alden Robinson, Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Brooke Kennedy and Liz Glotzer will all executive produce the series which, like its progenitor, will be a production of CBS Television Studios, Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions. »
- Garth Franklin
CBS is giving Diane Lockhart’s slap-happy palm plenty of time to heal.
The officially greenlit Good Wife spinoff — starring Christine Baranski (Diane) and Cush Jumbo (Lucca) and set to launch in the Spring 2017 on CBS All Access — will pick up one year following the events of the polarizing May 8 finale, CBS Television Studios announced Wednesday. Diane and Lucca will be joined by “new characters as the story evolves,” per CBS.
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The Final Six
Sony has scored the movie rights to Alexandra Monir's upcoming space thriller novel "The Final Six," a deal made even though only the book proposal and a few chapters were available - in fact the book's publishing rights are about to go up for auction.
The story imagines a present-day world under a first-of-its-kind coalition between the United Nations and the international space agencies, with a plot to send a team of six intrepid teenagers to create the first human settlement on Jupiter's moon, Europa. [Source: Variety]
Following the news about its massive success on Digital HD, Fox has released the full six-minute gag reel for the "Deadpool" film and - understandably - is definitely not safe for work.
- Garth Franklin
“Juliet, Naked” centers on Annie, the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan, and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan’s musical obsession.
CAA and UTA set up “Juliet, Naked” and are co-repping the rights.
“I’m thrilled to extend my long collaboration with Jesse to this film, »
- Dave McNary
The director of Our Idiot Brother will direct Juliet, Naked based on the Nick Hornby novel in a project backed by Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman’s fledgling producer-financier Los Angeles Media Fund (Lamf).
Tamara Jenkins and spouse Jim Taylor – Alexander Payne’s screenwriting partner on films such as Sideways and About Schmidt – wrote the screenplay with revisions by Phil Alden Robinson and Evgenia Peretz.
Lamf was launched in September 2014 to make films across a range of genres budgeted up to $50m.
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The streaming giant handed out a series commitment with the intention to go straight-to-series, but a green light hasn't been given just yet. The casting of Krasinski however will likely push it forward. "Lost" co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland are behind the project, along with Platinum Dunes and Skydance Media.
Five films have been made with the character including John McTiernan's cinematic classic "The Hunt for Red October," Phil Noyce's very well-regarded "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger," Phil Alden Robinson's respected "The Sum of All Fears" and Kenneth Branagh's disappointing "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit". Four actors have taken on the role including Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine. »
- Garth Franklin
Showtime has closed a deal to develop a four-hour miniseries about the Cuban Missile Crisis based on James Blight and Janet M. Lang's "The Armageddon Letters".
That book draws on documents released under the Freedom of Information Act that deal with that two-week event in October 1962 that nearly incited a third World War. U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro are all central characters in the mini-series.
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- Garth Franklin
Showtime is developing “The Armageddon Letters,” a four-hour limited series centered around the buildup to the Cuban Missile Crisis, Variety has learned.
The limited series, which will be written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson (“Field of Dreams,” “The Sum of All Fears”) is based on the book of the same name, “The Armageddon Letters,” by James Blight and Janet M. Lang. The tome contains forty-three documents, released under the Freedom of Information Act, chronicling the buildup to the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world teetered on the edge of total nuclear destruction — including letters from President Kennedy, Nikita Kruschev and Fidel Castro, who built a war machine they almost couldn’t turn off.
The project will be executive produced by Albert S. Ruddy (“The Godfather,” “Million Dollar Baby”), Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan,” “Shutter Island”), Benjamin Anderson, and Todd Martens, alongside Alexandra Ruddy for Ruddy Productions.
- Laura Prudom
Showtime may be heading to 1962. The network has finalized a deal to develop a miniseries about the Cuban Missile Crisis. Based on James Blight and Janet M. Lang's The Armageddon Letters, which draws on documents realized under the Freedom of Information Act, the project is being eyed as a four-hour limited series. The Cuban Missile Crisis spanned half of the month of October in 1962, nearly resulting in nuclear war. Central to the story are U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro. Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams and
- Michael O'Connell
The honor has been given in recognition of his humanitarian efforts, civic service and his role in fostering a community of writers. August will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
“John is the writer we’d all want to be: wildly intelligent, deeply practical, effortlessly inventive, and generous to a fault,” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman.
“Whether he’s creating apps, campaigning for marriage equality, mentoring younger writers, podcasting with Craig Mazin, sitting on our Negotiating Committee, or constructing a school in Malawi, John has made service to the larger community a part of his second nature. Protip: when you find yourself in difficult straits, ask yourself ‘What would John August do? »
- Dave McNary
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