16 items from 2015
Fox has put in development Affirmative Action, an hourlong dramedy from Sony TV and Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein’s studio-based Vendetta. Written/co-executive produced by Kevin Costello, Affirmative Action is described as a serialized look at an all-minority federal task force led by a woman, Addison Cain (think Ronda Rousey—at once sexy and bad-ass), embedded in the predominantly white Houston Police Department to combat an unprecedented spike in violent crime. The… »
ABC is plotting a return trip to “Fantasy Island.” Variety has confirmed the net has partnered with Sony Pictures Television to develop a new version of the fantasy series, with a female lead. The project has a script plus penalty order.
“Fantasy Island,” which hailed from Spelling-Goldberg Productions and was created by Gene Levitt, began as a TV movie on the Alphabet before airing there from 1978 to 1984. It starred Ricardo Montalban and Hervé Villechaize as the white-suited host Mr. Roarke and his sidekick Tattoo — and is most remembered for Tattoo’s “The plane! The plane!” catchphrase that opened each episode as travelers arrived on the island to have their wildest dreams come true.
- Whitney Friedlander
ABC is adding a female lead and subtracting the titular location as it teams with Sony to remake Fantasy Island.
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Per our sister site Deadline, the new Fantasy Island will follow a “brilliant, dynamic and sexy woman” who runs a San Francisco-based outfit that aims to fulfill clients deepest and or darkest wishes. (The company’s name: Fantasy Island.)
Like the original series — which ran from 1977 to ’84 and starred Ricardo Montalban and Hervé Villechaize (and was briefly rebooted in 1998 with Malcolm McDowell lording over things) –the update will tell two stories per episode. »
This new version, which has received a script plus penalty order from the network, will include a gender swap this time out. Ricardo Montalban's Mr. Roarke will be replaced with a female character who runs a San Francisco-based company that provides clients with their most intimate, dark or outlandish fantasy.
Sheldon Turner will pen the script and executive produce alongside Jennifer Klein and Josh Berman. This would be the third time ABC has tackled the property, they previously attempted a revival back in 1998 with Malcolm McDowell taking over the Roarke role - that lasted just one season.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
The first photo is out from Nick Hamm's Irish political dramedy "The Journey" which just began shooting in Belfast. The photo show Timothy Spall as Protestant loyalist firebrand the Reverend Dr Ian Paisley, whilst Colm Meaney is set to play the republican Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness.
The story is set during the Northern Ireland Peace Process and deals with a short trip these two previously sworn enemies made together. Also onboard are Freddie Highmore, John Hurt and Toby Stephens as Tony Blair. [Source: Empire]
Karl Glusman ("Love 3D") has joined the cast of Tom Ford's second directorial effort "Nocturnal Animals" for Focus Features. Based on Austin Wright’s 1993 novel "Tony And Susan," the story follows a woman whose life is changed when she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband’s first novel.
Reading it pulls her into the life of a fictional ordinary »
- Garth Franklin
Fox is heading to Hawaii with The 808, an hourlong drama from Sony Pictures TV and Sheldon Turner & Jennifer Klein’s studio-based Vendetta. Written by Oscar nominee Turner, The 808 — named after the Hawaii area code — is described as a provocative look beyond the idyllic Hawaii postcard into a world of sex, sand and sin; a sexy soap set against the backdrop of Maui surf culture, which centers on two feuding families. Turner and Klein executive produce. Under Vendetta’s… »
Tribune Media’s flagship TV station Wgn-tv Chicago has apologized for including an offensive image in a Tuesday night report on the Yom Kippur holiday.
The station’s 9 p.m. newscast aired a report on the holiday, the day of atonement that is the holiest day of the year for Jews, that included an image of the star of David with “Jude” in the center. That symbol was used as the badge that Jews in concentration camps and elsewhere in Germany were forced to wear during the Nazi regime.
Wgn general manager Greg Easterly and news director Jennifer Lyons issued a formal apology to viewers on Wednesday after a local outcry.
“We failed to recognize that the artwork we chose to accompany the story contained an offensive symbol. This was an unfortunate mistake. Ignorance is not an excuse. We are extremely embarrassed and we deeply apologize to our viewers and »
- Variety Staff
Imagine a fun-filled day of pampering and relaxation. That's what film and TV producer Jennifer Klein serves up every year at her annual "Day of Indulgence" party at her Los Angeles home. This year some of the top A-list ladies in attendance included Kerry Washington, Selena Gomez, Tyra Banks, Connie Britton, Rachel Roy, Kristen Bell, Lea Michele, Sofía Vergara and many more! They enjoyed wonderful food, shopping and fabulous treatments. Veteran attendee Gomez was quick to join in on the spirit of the 17th annual event. "She immediately took her shoes off," an insider told E! News. "She headed straight over to personal massage therapists Michelle Hreha and Wendy Givens »
--Katrina Bowden joined the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project at Rockaway Beach, N.Y. --Sofia Vergara sampled a donut from I.C.D.C and toffee from McFaddy Candy Co. at an event in L.A. --Tracee Ellis Ross did a dance with her gift bag at Jennifer Klein’s Day of Indulgence, which included products from Pai-Shau, Philips Sonicare, Remington, Feiyue, Sunday Riley, It Cosmetics, Crap eyewear, Deciem, and more, in L.A. --Selena Gomez drank a Health-Ade Kombucha and ate a Popshop popsicle after getting a massage from Michelle Hreha at an event in L.A. --Jay [...] »
You know what they say, ladies: Great minds think alike. Evidently sharing the same brain wave, Jessica Alba and Lily Collins both fell head-over-heels for this crisp little Sam & Lavi two-piece ensemble. And rightfully so, considering this dainty floral design is in sync with each of their personal street styles (which Fyi, are flawless), and makes a perfect end-of-summer outfit. Whipping out Sam & Lavi's Laurel top and Isadora skirt—which are both on sale, we might add— for producer Jennifer Klein's annual Day of Indulgence bash in Brentwood, Calif., Lily kept accessories to a minimum to better showcase the enviable crop top set. Paired with a black fringe crossbody, nude wedges »
Selena Gomez, Kerry Washington, and Sofia Vergara attended what might be the most star-studded party of the Summer. On Sunday, too many famous faces to count got together for producer Jennifer Klein's annual bash, known as Day of Indulgence, at her La home. While other stars may have been prepping for the Teen Choice Awards red carpet, these ladies were pampered with treatments while sipping on cocktails and showing off their stunning ensembles. Read on to see all the gorgeous arrivals and departures, and then get swept away in more enviable Summer celebrations. »
TNT is developing Blood Will Out, an eight-hour limited series from Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein's Vendetta Productions and TriStar Television. This marks the first limited series project from Sony’s recently relaunched TriStar TV banner to be set up at a network. Written by Turner and Walter Kirn, Blood Will Out is an adaptation of Kirn's autobiographical book Blood Will Out: The True Story Of A Murder, A Mystery, And A Masquerade. It chronicles the 15-year… »
Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein’s Vendetta Productions has renewed its first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television where the company has been based for the past two years. The first project the duo will tackle under the new pact is one it originally set up at Sony TV last summer, a drama series adaptation of Walter Kirn’s autobiographical book Blood Will Out: The True Story Of A Murder, A Mystery, And A Masquerade. Kirn and Turner are set to co-write the script for… »
The story follows an unofficial team of former Special Forces operatives, let by Navy Seal Gil Shannon, seeking to stop Chechen terrorists who smuggle a Russian nuke across the Mexican-American border.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Action specialist Jaume Collet-Serra is attached to direct from an adapted script by Sheldon Turner. Producers are Kevin Misher, Jennifer Klein, Collet-Serra and his partner Juan Sola through their Ombra Films company.
Producers are developing “Target America: A Sniper Elite Novel,” centering on an unofficial team of former Special Forces operatives seeking to stop Chechen terrorists who smuggle a Russian nuke across the Mexican-American border. The key character is Navy Seal Gil Shannon.
- Dave McNary
Written and exec produced by Patrick for ABC Studios, “Kingmakers” takes place at an elite Ivy League university that is rocked by a student’s sudden death, prompting Her brother to take on a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society, consisting of privileged students, ambitious faculty and high-profile alums, in order to investigate the young woman’s death.
“Boom,” from ABC Studios, centers on the biggest oil discovery in American history, which has triggered a geopolitical shift and an economic boom in North Dakota — the greatest since the American Gold Rush in 1849. Set in a modern-day “Wild West,” the drama, written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne, tracks the pilgrimage of a young, ambitious couple, seeking a better life, to the oil fields of the Bakken, where they come across roughnecks, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
16 items from 2015
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