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Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Anjelica Huston are joining forces to make some magic at Lifetime. Melissa Joan Hart will direct the Oscar winner in “Watcher in the Woods,” an upcoming original movie for the network. Variety reports that Huston will topline the re-imagining of the 1980 cult classic horror film.
Huston plays “Mrs. Alywood, the distraught mother whose daughter vanished in the English countryside over 20 years ago. When Jan Carstairs (Tallulah Evans) and her family move into the idyllic Alywood manor for the summer, the family is warned against entering the surrounding woods, but Jan and her little sister Ellie (Dixie Egerickx) hear voices coming from the forest,” Variety summarizes. “As Jan unravels the dark past hidden by the townspeople, she delves further into the mystery and deeper into danger, but now it might be too late to escape.”
In addition to her directing duties, Hart is executive producing “Watcher in the Woods” along with Paula Hart, her mother. The “God’s Not Dead 2” actress has previously helmed episodes of “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” in which she starred from 1996–2003, her comedy series “Melissa & Joey,” and “Santa Con,” a 2014 Lifetime movie about a con man who is forced to accept a job as a department store Santa.
A premiere date for “Watcher in the Woods” hasn’t been announced yet. Lifetime did, however, reveal when to expect Kyra Sedgwick’s directorial debut, “Story of a Girl.” The coming-of-age story based on Sara Zarr’s Ya novel will air on the network July 23.
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- Laura Berger
Lifetime just announced a whole slate of upcoming projects and boy is the list of talent involved interesting. Never before have Cher, Melissa Joan Hart, Anjelica Houston and Yolanda Hadid been linked in one press release (we think), but each of those famous women is attached in one way or another to one of the cable net's new films and reality series. On the movie side of things, Cher is set to executive produce and star in the original movie Flint, which tells the story of three women from the titular town in Michigan who fought to expose the wrongdoing committed against residents who were unknowingly using and drinking lead-polluted water. Because who else do you think of to dramatize »
With upfront season now beginning in earnest, Lifetime has unveiled its upcoming programming slate, which includes a new original movie starring Anjelica Huston and directed by Melissa Joan Hart, a reality series from “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley, and the previously announced movie about the water crisis in Flint, Mich., starring Cher.
The network has also set dates for some of its upcoming films: “Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland,” based on the book “Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days” and told through the eyes of Jackson’s body guards, will bow on May 29. “Menendez: Blood Brothers,” about the Menendez brothers, will premiere June 10. Kyra Sedgwick’s directorial debut “Story of a Girl,” based on Sara Zarr’s Ya book of the same name, is set to air July 23.
As for the new projects, a complete breakdown lies below:
- Oriana Schwindt
Yolanda Hadid has booked her first post-Real Housewives of Beverly Hills gig.
The 53-year-old former model and reality star will lead a new Lifetime unscripted series about teen models, tentatively titled Model Moms, the cable network announced Tuesday.
On Model Moms, Yolanda and her modeling expertise will be front and center as she coaches aspiring teen models to succeed on and off the catwalk. Yolanda and a team of experts will put the girls and their “momagers” through an eight-week training program, focused on the physical, mental and emotional wellness that it takes to build a brand.
The models will be competing for a $5,000 weekly prize to put toward their future careers, with the lone girl left standing winning a management contract with Yolanda’s company and the possibility of being represented by Img Models, which represents Yolanda’s children, daughters Gigi and »
Lifetime continues to draw top talent.
The network, which is also executive producing a movie about the Flint water crisis starring Cher, has ordered two new movies with Elizabeth Smart and Oscar winner Anjelica Huston attached, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Huston will star in a reimagining of the 1980 film The Watcher in the Woods, to be directed and exec produced by Melissa Joan Hart. The movie centers on Mrs. Alywood (Huston), a distraught mother whose daughter, Karen, vanished in the English countryside more than 20 years earlier. When Jan Carstairs (Tallulah Evans) and her family move »
- Kate Stanhope
Hollywood Medium is back. Recently, host Tyler Henry announced season three of the E! TV series will premiere in May.The series follows Henry, a sought-after medium, as he gives readings to various celebrities and tries to communicate with their departed loved ones. Previous guests have included Boy George, Kris Jenner, Tori Spelling, Melissa Joan Hart, Carole Radziwill, Moby, Kevin McHale, and Retta.Read More… »
Brothers Joey, Matthew and Andrew Lawrence dominated the '90s sitcom scene as teen heartthrobs, but Joey tells Et he doesn't want his children to get involved in Hollywood quite yet.
Now 40 years old with two daughters -- Charleston, 10, and Liberty, 6 -- Joey knows full well about the pitfalls that can overtake young actors in show business.
Pics: Hollywood's Cutest Kids
"I told [Charleston], 'I don't want you to do this, because you know what happens to 9 out of 10 of these young ladies? They get used and they get spit out and no one remembers them,'" Joey tells Et's Nischelle Turner. "I told her [to] take the example of Ron Howard's daughter. She started a little later. Jennifer Lawrence started a little later. If you're really meant to do this -- and she is amazing -- I'd rather that you enter a little later where you can jump right into the stuff, and people »
Chris Cummins Jan 24, 2017
When Riverdale premieres on the CW on January 26th, it will mark a milestone for Archie Comics - the first time in the company's 75-year history that its characters will truly shine on television. A mix of gleefully ridiculous kitsch with standout performances and some truly smart writing, the series is poised to be 2017's breakout TV hit.
That said, it took a while for Archie to get to this point. There have been many attempts to bring Archie and his friends to TV before, but these all suffered for either being shoddily animated (the various 1960s cartoons), misguided (1990's Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again), or just plain, um, weird (the X-Files cash-in Archie's Weird Mysteries »
Later this month, The CW is set to launch Riverdale, a modern, live-action take on the Archie comic book universe which is set to bring the likes of Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge and Josie McCoy to the small screen.
“Some people don’t even know that Sabrina is in the Archie family,” said Aguirre-Sacasa at the Television Critics Association panel (via EW). “There is absolutely a universe where Sabrina pops up in Riverdale or one town over in Greendale. Certainly, the priority is launching Riverdale and making sure that show is as good as it can be and as embraced as we want it to be. I’ll just tease that Sabrina has potential with a capital P.”
- Gary Collinson
Riverdale hasn't even premiered yet but the people behind The CW's new dark teen drama are giving fans another reason to tune in. Not only does executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa mention the possibility of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, famously played by Melissa Joan Hart on the ABC sitcom, making an appearance on Riverdale, he also teases about Sabrina getting a potential spin-off.
The CW’s upcoming gritty Archie Comics series “Riverdale” has been described in various ways: “The O.C.” meets “Twin Peaks.” “90210” meets “Twin Peaks.” “Gossip Girl” meets “Twin Peaks.” But it wasn’t always thus.
It started with Archie Comics executives Jon Goldwater (CEO and publisher) and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (chief creative officer) looking to do a “Perks of Being a Wallflower”-type film, “Riverdale” executive producer Aguirre-Sacasa revealed Sunday morning at the CW’s TCA panel. But while many studios liked the pitch, everyone passed, until the idea came to Warner Bros. It was bought as a film, and development was continuing apace until a meeting with one particular executive.
“He said, ‘I want you to think about time travel, Archie traveling through time,'” Aguirre-Sacasa said. Then came another suggestion: “Portals are huge, [there’s] a portal to another dimension.” And finally: “What if Louis C.K. is Archie?”
“It was like something out of an episode of ‘Entourage »
- Oriana Schwindt and Maureen Ryan
11 items from 2017
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