Nia Vardalos has booked her next TV role. The writer, director, and actress will star in a dramedy series for Bravo, tentatively titled “Suburbs Famous.” Vardalos will portray a suburban housewife who becomes the unwitting star of a viral video, Deadline confirms.
“Thrust into the cutthroat world of celebrity chefs, the newly divorced mom must navigate between the intense public scrutiny which could destroy her and the investors who want to make her a star… all while realizing she suddenly has the one thing everyone wants: power,” the source summarizes.
Vardalos took inspiration from viral video star Chewbacca Mom when she began work on “Suburbs Famous.” “I wanted to explore the concept of sudden fame for someone who isn’t prepared and doesn’t want it, for someone who gets power and doesn’t know what to do with it, as well as what happens next,” she explained.
The “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” writer-star’s own experiences with fame also helped shape “Suburbs Famous.” “I worked hard to maintain my normal, average life every day, not wanting a personal assistant for example,” Vardalos recalled of her post-big break life. “You have struggles to maintain your ethics, morals, and friendships.”
“Suburbs Famous” is penned by Vardalos and Mike Mariano (“Raising Hope”). The duo will serve as EPs on the show alongside Untitled Entertainment’s Jennifer Levine and Stephanie Simon and Flame Ventures’ Tony Krantz. Krantz is also producing, as are ITV Studios America and Universal Cable Productions.
Vardalos wrote the 2002 box office hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and its 2016 follow-up, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” She appeared as protagonist Toula in both films. In 2009 Vardalos made her directorial debut with the romantic comedy “I Hate Valentine’s Day,” which she also penned. Her recent screen roles include “Star vs. the Forces of Evil,” “Graves,” and Shondaland series “The Catch.” You can see Vardalos next with Sandra Oh, Emily Watson, and Melora Hardin (“Transparent”) in “33 Liberty Lane,” an upcoming comedy about four friends who launch a phone-sex company.
“Tiny Beautiful Things,” Vardalos’ play adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s book of the same name, will return to New York’s Public Theater September 19. Vardalos stars as Sugar, the anonymous persona Strayed employed when she worked as The Rumpus’ advice columnist.
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The script for Foxy Brown is been penned by Malcolm Spellman (Empire) and Ben Watkins (Hand of God), and will see Good taking on the title role, played by Pam Grier in the movie, as well as executive producing with her husband DeVon Franklin of Franklin Entertainment, Flame Ventures’ Tony Krantz, and Untitled Entertainment’s Jason Weinberg and Evan Hainey,
Released in 1974, Foxy Brown follows a woman who seeks revenge for her boyfriend’s murder by members of a drug syndicate.
The project, executive produced by DeVon Franklin and Tony Krantz, will be written by “Empire” scribe Malcolm Spellman and Ben Watkins (“Burn Notice”). The original film followed Brown as she sought revenge against the man who murdered her boyfriend. The TV series is being reimagined as a modern version of the original Jack Hill-directed feature.
Good is also set to serve as producer, with Jason Weinberg, Evan Hainey and Drew Comins as executive producers. MGM TV is the studio.
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“Extraction” is about a brilliant CIA field officer and complex chameleon who leads a new agency program to continue the war on terror by operating on U.S. soil for the first time in history.
The script deal marks a major move into TV for Horiuchi, whose credits are largely in film. He wrote and directed the 2014 romantic film “Parts Per Billion,” which starred the ensemble cast of Josh Hartnett, Rosario Dawson, Teresa Palmer, Penn Badgley, Gena Rowlands, and Frank Langella. He also co-wrote the screenplays for films “Circle of Eight” and “America So Beautiful.”
Horiuchi will serve as an executive producer, along with Ed Redlich, Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures and Jennifer Levine of Untitled Entertainment. Flame Ventures’ Drew Comins will serve as co-executive producer. CBS Television Studios is producing.
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The Gotham star has signed on to star in and executive-produce a legal pilot for NBC, our sister site Deadline reports. In the project, she’ll play a former cop who’s now a powerful attorney who defends — wait for it — New York City police officers. (Think The Good Wife meets The Wire.)
The potential series is produced by Tony Krantz (Felicity), Ken Sanzel (Numb3rs) and ITV Studios America.
Prior to being voted the best film of the 21st century in a BBC poll this week, the 2001 movie claimed the number one spot on “Best of the Decade” polls from Film Comment, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca), Reverse Shot, and IndieWire. The BBC list polled 177 film critics from 36 countries around the world.
Ironically, “Mulholland Drive” wasn’t originally conceived as a movie at all. The project started as a television pilot that Lynch shot in 1999 that was rejected by ABC. French producers Pierre Edelman and Alain Sarde put up additional funds for Lynch to finish the project as a feature film in 2000 through StudioCanal. Tony Krantz, another producer on the movie who had previously packaged the director
Several key release date announcements and changes have taken place recently, starting with Matthew McConaughey's "Gold" entering the awards race with a December 25th limited opening. Then there's the fifth "Shrek" film which Dreamworks Animation has set for a 2019 release.
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Cooley High was more sentimental than most of its blaxploitation counterparts, with more in common with American Graffiti and The Wanderers than Dolemite and Black Caesar. The story focused on the characters of Preach (Glynn Turman) and Cochise (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs) as they make their way through teenage life on the south side of Chicago circa 1964. The film was lauded for mixing comedy and drama upon its release, dealing with themes of education and sexuality during teens’ formative years as well as ...
Seth Rosenfeld will write the script for the remake. The original film, released in 1975 by American International Pictures, was set in 1964 Chicago and focused on a pair of high school seniors who are best friends — played by Glynn Turman and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs — during the final weeks of the school year.
“Cooley High,” which had a $750,000 budget, was a major success with $13 million in domestic grosses. Tony Krantz’ father Steve Krantz was the producer with Michael Schultz directing from Eric Monte’s script.
Franklin will produce the remake through his Franklin Entertainment while Common produces under his Freedom Road Productions and Krantz through Flame Ventures. Drew Comins will executive produce for Flame Ventures along with Derek Dudley for Freedom Road.
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Time alters everything,
“Blood & Oil” debuted Sept. 27 to a modest 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.4 million total viewers, airing behind “Once Upon a Time.” It dropped off the following week before stabilizing last Sunday.
The show was also met with lukewarm reviews, with Variety TV columnist Brian Lowry calling it “just another attempt to update ‘Dallas.’”
The series, which was created by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne, was mired by as much drama off screen as was shown on. Despite ABC having bought the script in 2011 and TV vet Tony Krantz serving as an exec producer, the project bounced between the Alphabet and USA Network under various titles (“Boom” at one point; simply “Oil” at another). Once it was picked up to series,
In the run-up to the fall season, NBC’s “Chicago Med,” Fox’s “The Grinder” and ABC’s “Blood & Oil” and “The Catch” have all parted ways with the original showrunners.
Why the sudden shuffle? In this era of “too much TV” — as FX Networks chief John Landgraf pointed out at this summer’s Television Critics’ Assn. press tour — insiders report the fallout is serious, with most veteran showrunners already booked on one of the 400-plus shows on air.
“Everyone is trying to jockey for position,” said Landgraf, giving a sobering assessment of the state of the TV biz. “We’re playing a game of musical chairs, and they’re starting to take away chairs.
“The only thing that we have in common is that tangentially oil is a part of it,” the actor attested Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills.
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