12 items from 2015
With the broadcast upfronts around the corner, early cuts of many pilots began to roll in to networks this week. That means buzz is building on some projects, but sources caution that it’s far too soon to declare winners and losers.
Some pilots are still in the lensing or editing process and won’t be delivered for another week or so. With those caveats, here’s a look at what appears to be looking good so far. The marathon week of upfront presentations for the Big Four and CW begins May 11, when Fox and NBC unveil their 2015-16 season plans.
For detailed information on production and creative auspices of this year’s pilots, see Variety.com’s searchable Pilot Scorecard chart.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister and Cynthia Littleton
There's no worries that Nurse Jackie will be cancelled this time around since Showtime has already announced that season seven is the end. Will the TV show end its run on a ratings high or will the numbers drop lower. We'll have to wait and see.
A dark comedy, Nurse Jackie revolves around Jackie Peyton, an emergency department nurse at All Saints' Hospital in New York. She's strong-willed but has a hard time juggling both her frenzied job and her home life without a little prescription assistance. The rest of the cast includes Anna Deavere Smith, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze, Peter Facinelli, Dominic Fumusa, Stephen Wallem, Ruby Jerins, Mackenzie Aladjem, Adam Ferrara, Morris Chestnut, and Betty Gilpin.
Screen Gems has issued new 2016 release dates for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and When the Bough Breaks. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will hit theaters on February 19, 2016, going up against the EuropaCorp thriller Shut In. When the Bough Breaks will hit theaters on September 16, 2016, which is currently the only movie set for release on that date, but it comes just one week before Warner Bros.' The Lego Movie spinoff Ninjago on September 23, 2016.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's novel of the same name. The story takes the characters from Jane Austen's literary classic Pride and Prejudice and puts them up against a zombie infestation in 19th Century England. Burr Steers directed the adaptation, which stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, Emma Greenwell, Matt Smith, Lena Headey and Charles Dance.
When the Bough Breaks centers on a surrogate »
Anna Konkle has landed a series regular role in Fox pilot, “The Untitled Autopsy Project,” Variety has learned.
Previously titled “Rosewood,” the investigative procedural medical drama centers around the top private pathologist in Miami, Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, who despite working with dead bodies, is eternally optimistic. Morris Chestnut (“Nurse Jackie,” “V”) is set for the lead role.
Konkle will play Kathy Fern Clyde, aka “KFC,” a hyper-neurotic DNA specialist who works in the lab.
The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV and pilot scribe Todd Harthan (“Psych”) who will exec produce with “Revenge’s” Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill Entertainment, and Richard Shepard (“Girls”), who’s set to direct.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Jaina Lee Ortiz is set as the female lead opposite Morris Chestnut in Fox's untitled Todd Harthan drama pilot, a closed-ended procedural written/executive produced by Todd Harthan and directed by Richard Shepard. Also cast in the pilot, produced by 20th TV, is young Ben And Kate star Maggie Elizabeth Jones. It centers on Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. (Chestnut), a gifted, charismatic private pathologist who can read living and dead bodies like a book. Ortiz, a newcomer out of… »
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* Foster, who also recently wrapped an arc on Once Upon a Time, will play an entitled rich kid named Wick in the ABC drama Boom, which documents how the largest oil discovery in U.S. history triggers an economic explosion in North Dakota.
* Farber will star in the NBC comedy Take It From Us, in which a present-day »
Assuming most of the announced pilots with black actors in lead roles that are set for the 2015/2016 TV season (and there've been quite a few of them), make it to series, it's going to be one heck of a year for us here at S&A HQ, because we'll have a lot to watch and discuss. I'll publish a complete round-up of all the pilot castings shortly. Here's another potential 2015/2016 series candidate... Morris Chestnut has booked the lead role in an untitled Todd Harthan drama pilot for Fox, which centers on a Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. (to be played by Chestnut), a gifted, charismatic pathologist. It's described by Fox as an investigative series that the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Morris Chestnut is set as the lead in Fox’s untitled Todd Harthan drama pilot (formerly Rosewood), a close-ended procedural written/executive produced by Todd Harthan and directed by Richard Shepard. Produced by 20th TV, it centers on Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. (Chestnut), a gifted, charismatic private pathologist who can read living and dead bodies like a book. Chestnut’s casting as the Rosewood character, which was conceived as African American, marks another step… »
These nostalgic cult classics may not have won Oscars, but they’ve delivered tons of iconic quotes, life lessons, and may have even inspired a few stand out celebrity Halloween costumes (Keri Hilson and Serge Ibaka as Lisa McDowell and Prince akeem — genius). This time of year, there’s nothing better than snuggling up and having a Netflix night complete with the flicks that made you laugh, cry, and discover your first Hollywood crush (looking at you, Morris Chestnut).
In honor of Black History Month, here are the 10 best black cult classics streaming on Netflix right now. Since we know Netflix likes to change their movie line-ups like underwear, we’ve saved you the trouble of a search.
Coming to America (1988)
This romantic comedy is such a classic that “black cult classic” is simply too confining of a description to categorize it with. Legendary comedian Eddie Murphy plays »
After a seven season run as Juice Ortiz on Sons of Anarchy, Theo Rossi is heading to the features. EW has confirmed that Rossi will be joining the cast of Screen Gem's psychological thriller, When the Bough Breaks. Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, and Jaz Sinclair also star in the film, which follows a professional couple using a blue-collar surrogate, who becomes violently obsessive with the husband. According to Deadline, which first reported the news, Rossi will play Mike Mitchell, the surrogate's fiance. Rossi has also signed onto Universal Pictures and Blumhouse's Untitled Lowriders movie starring Demian Bichir. »
- Teresa Jue
Exclusive: After closing out the final season of FX’s acclaimed Sons of Anarchy, Theo Rossi is diving into his next film. He’s joined the cast of psychological thriller When The Bough Breaks opposite Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, and Jaz Sinclair, which 24‘s Jon Cassar is helming for Screen Gems.
Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne are producing the film about a professional couple unable to conceive their own child who hire a blue collar woman to act as their surrogate (Sinclair). Unfortunately for the hopeful parents, she develops a violent fixation on the husband before the baby is even born.
This is Rossi’s second post-soa film after signing on for Universal Pictures and Blumhouse’s Untitled Lowriders Movie, starring Demian »
- Jen Yamato
Ansel Elgort ("The Fault in Our Stars") will star with Chloe Grace Moretz in Sacha Gervasi's teen thriller "November Criminals" at Lotus Entertainment. Steven Knight ("Locke," "Eastern Promises") adapted the script from Sam Munson’s 2011 novel.
The story follows two teenagers who venture into the seedy underbelly of Washington D.C. to investigate a friend’s murder while falling in love for the first time. Catherine Keener also stars. [Source: Deadline]
Free State of Jones
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("Belle," "Beyond the Lights") will star opposite Matthew McConaughey in Gary Ross' $65 million Civil War movie "Free State of Jones" for Stx Entertainment. Scott Stuber and Jon Kilik are producing.
Based on a true story, McConaughey plays Newton Knight and Mbatha-Raw is Rachel, a slave whose relationship with Knight played a central part in his life and in his armed rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. [Source: The Wrap]
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- Garth Franklin
12 items from 2015
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