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Colin Callender’s Playground Strengthens U.K. TV Drama Team

15 May 2017 5:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Colin Callender’s New York- and London-based production company Playground has restructured its U.K. television production team with two key promotions and a new hire. The move is is designed to help support Playground’s expanding slate of television productions.

Playground has promoted its former creative director, Sophie Gardiner, to head of drama and executive creative director, overseeing Playground’s U.K. television production and development slate. Gardiner originally joined Playground in 2014 after having been commissioning editor for drama at U.K. broadcaster Channel 4.

The company has also hired Melissa Gallant as creative director to strengthen its U.K. production team. Gallant joins Playground from U.K. production company Fifty Fathoms, where she served as head of development. Recent Fifty Fathoms productions include John Ridley’s “Guerrilla” for Showtime in the U.S. and Sky in the U.K.

Gallant will serve alongside Katie Draper, who has been promoted to creative director from senior development »

- Robert Mitchell

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Howards End: Starz Releases First Image of Hayley Atwell (Conviction) in New TV Series

8 May 2017 9:19 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

What does the new Howards End adaptation look like? Recently, Starz released the first image (see above) from the upcoming TV series.Based on the book by E.M. Forster, the drama “explores the changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn of the century England through the prism of three families: the intellectual and idealistic Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes from the world of business, and the working class Basts.” The cast includes Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen, Julia Ormond, Philippa Coulthard, Joseph Quinn, and Tracey Ullman.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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First look at Hayley Atwell and Matthew Macfadyen in Howards End

7 May 2017 3:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The BBC and Starz have released the first official image from the upcoming Howards End limited series, which features Hayley Atwell as Margaret Schlegel and Matthew Macfadyen as Henry Wilcox.

The four-part Howards End series is based on the classic E.M. Forster novel and has been scripted by Oscar-winner Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By the Sea). Here’s the official synopsis:

Margaret Schlegel is an intelligent, idealistic young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox, a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond) dies unexpectedly and he becomes owner of Howards End. Meanwhile Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Joseph Quinn) a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work and at home with his partner Jacky (Rosalind Eleazar). In the absence of their late parents, the sisters’ loving but interfering Aunt »

- Gary Collinson

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Howard’s End First Look Image Of Hayley Atwell & Matthew Macfadyen

5 May 2017 8:31 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Howard’s End, the limited series based on the E.M. Forster novel that is set to air on BBC and Starz, released a photo so that people finally have something to ground their potential excitement. While a first look release is never quite the sensation some may hope, in this case, it’s good to get something moving on this one just to get past the lingering effect of the good/bad news of Hayley Atwell‘s attachment to the project, which helped killed her fans’ hopes of Agent Carter revival.

The image shows Atwell (Margaret Schlegel) and Matthew Macfadyen (Henry Wilcox) at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand restaurant.

It’s hard to believe just how long it’s been since the now classic Anthony Hopkins/Emma Thompson version of the story, and if getting another take on the story isn’t enough, this one comes as Kenneth Lonergan‘s first television adaptation. »

- Marc Eastman

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TV News Roundup: E! Greenlights ‘Wags Atlanta,’ Slates ‘Wags Miami,’ ‘L.A.’ Premiere Dates

4 May 2017 3:33 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s roundup, E! announces its expansion of the “Wags” franchise with “Wags Atlanta,” the presenters for the 38th annual Sports Emmys are released, and more…

Greenlights 

E! has announced that it will expand its popular “Wags” franchise with the addition of “Wags Atlanta,” slated to debut this fall. The new series will follow the luxurious lifestyles and drama in the exclusive world of superstar athletes through the perspective of the women who stand by their side. Additionally, Season 2 of “Wags Miami” will launch on Thursday, Jun. 29 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt, and “Wags La” Season 3 premieres on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt.

Specials 

The presenters for the 38th annual Sports Emmys have been released, which include Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery (CBS); Bob Ley and Jeremy Schaap (Espn); Kevin Burkhardt, Alex Rodriguez, and Frank Thomas (Fox), and more. As previously announced, Brent Musburger will be honored with the Sports Lifetime Achievement Award. The »

- Sarah Ahern and Erin Nyren

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‘Howards End’ Photo: Kenneth Lonergan–Written Adaptation Heads to the Small Screen

4 May 2017 3:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Merchant-Ivory era may be over, but some of the novels they adapted are evergreen. “Howards End” is clearly among that august company, as E.M. Forster’s novel is once again being adapted — this time for the small screen. Starz has just released a first-look image from the upcoming series, which Kenneth Lonergan is writing. There it is, right at the top of this article!

Read More: Kenneth Lonergan Penning Four-Part TV Adaptation Of ‘Howards End

Here’s the synopsis for all you philistines who, like me, have yet to read the book: “Margaret Schlegel is an intelligent, idealistic young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox, a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond) dies unexpectedly and he becomes owner of Howards End. Meanwhile Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Joseph Quinn »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Howards End’ Photo: Kenneth Lonergan–Written Adaptation Heads to the Small Screen

4 May 2017 3:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Merchant-Ivory era may be over, but some of the novels they adapted are evergreen. “Howards End” is clearly among that august company, as E.M. Forster’s novel is once again being adapted — this time for the small screen. Starz has just released a first-look image from the upcoming series, which Kenneth Lonergan is writing. There it is, right at the top of this article!

Read More: Kenneth Lonergan Penning Four-Part TV Adaptation Of ‘Howards End

Here’s the synopsis for all you philistines who, like me, have yet to read the book: “Margaret Schlegel is an intelligent, idealistic young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox, a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond) dies unexpectedly and he becomes owner of Howards End. Meanwhile Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Joseph Quinn »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Howards End’: Hayley Atwell & Matthew Macfadyen In First Image From Starz Series

4 May 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Starz has released the first image from its upcoming limited series Howards End, which is currently filming in and around London. The photo features stars Hayley Atwell (as Margaret Schlegel) and Matthew Macfadyen (Henry Wilcox) at London’s Simpson's-in-the-Strand restaurant. Take a look below. Based on the classic E.M. Forster novel, Howards End is the story of two independent and unconventional sisters and the men in their lives. Atwell’s Schlegel is an intelligent… »

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Howards End First Look: Hayley Atwell Goes Full-On Costume Drama for Starz

4 May 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

She traveled back to the 1940s for Agent Carter; now Hayley Atwell is going back even further in time.

Starz has released the first photo from its miniseries adaptation of the classic E.M. Forster novel Howards End, set in circa-1900 England and starring Atwell as headstrong young woman Margaret Schlegel. (Emma Thompson won an Oscar for playing Margaret in the 1992 film version of Howards End.) And just like Agent Carter‘s Peggy, Margaret seems to have a fondness for hats.

RelatedHayley Atwell to Star in Howards End Adaptation for Starz, BBC

Atwell is joined in the photo by Ripper Street alum Matthew Macfadyen, »

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The Last Kingdom: Season Two Moves to Netflix in Us (from BBC America)

28 April 2017 3:37 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Although The Last Kingdom TV show was not cancelled by BBC America, viewers on this side of the pond won't be able to watch the fictional British historical drama on that cable network. After the first season of the BBC Two series, Netflix boarded as a co-producer, so The Last Kingdom, season two, will be stream on Netflix in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Japan, Spain and Portugal.Based on Bernard Cornwell’s book series, The Saxon Stories, season two of The Last Kingdom drops to Netflix on Friday, May 5, 2017. The large cast includes: Alexander Dreymon, Tobias Santelmann, Emily Cox, Thomas W. Gabrielsson, Joseph Millson, Matthew MacFadyen, Ian Hart, David Dawson, Simon Kunz, Harry McEntire, Amy Wren, Thure Lindhartdt, Eva Birthistle, Gerard Kearns, David Schofield, Peri Baumeister, Eliza Butterworth, Peter McDonald, Mark Rowley, Alexandre Willaume, Julia Bache-Wiig, Björn Bengtsson, »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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‘Wolf Hall’ Producer Playground Enters ‘The Spider Network’

26 April 2017 4:32 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Production company Playground, founded by former HBO Films president Colin Callender, has optioned rights to narrative nonfiction book “The Spider Network” by award-winning Wall Street Journal writer David Enrich.

Playground produces for film, television and stage but has yet to announce what formats would be developed for “The Spider Network,” an expose of the interest-rate-fixing scandal that rocked London and other global financial centers. Playground produced both the TV and theater adaptations of “Wolf Hall” and helped produce smash hit “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which recently won a record nine Olivier Awards in Britain.

The company will develop “The Spider Network” from its New York offices under the stewardship of senior vice president of development and production Scott Huff and director of development and production Elyse Dolbec.

Author Enrich is currently financial enterprise editor at The Wall Street Journal. Subtitled “The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers and One of »

- Robert Mitchell

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Ripper Street

27 February 2017 11:39 AM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network:  Episodes: 37 (hour)Seasons: FiveTV show dates: January 19, 2013 -- TbdSeries status: EndingPerformers include: Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg, MyAnna Buring, Charlene McKenna, Amanda Hale, Jonathan Barnwell, David Wilmot, and David Dawson.TV show description:      This dramatic TV show begins in April 1889 in London -- six months after the last Jack the Ripper killing. H Division is responsible for policing one and a quarter square miles of East London, a district with a population of 67,000 poor and dispossessed and also filled with factories, rookeries, chop shops, brothels and pubs. The men of H Division had hunted Jack the Ripper and failed to find him. When more women are murdered on the streets of Whitechapel, the police begin to wonder if the killer has returned. »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Ripper Street: Fifth & Final Season Coming to BBC America

24 February 2017 6:10 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

It's time to bid farewell to Ripper Street. Today, BBC America announced the fifth and final season of the TV series will debut in March.The final season "picks up mere days after the grisly death of Detective Inspector Bennet Drake, which reunites his old friends, Detective Inspector Edmund Reid, surgeon Captain Homer Jackson and "Long" Susan Hart, to bring his murderer to justice." The cast includes Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenberg, Jerome Flynn, MyAnna Buring, and Charlene McKenna.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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TV News Roundup: Ron Perlman Joins Season 2 of Crackle’s ‘StartUp’

24 February 2017 3:51 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s TV news roundup, Ron Perlman joins Season 2 of Crackle‘s original scripted drama “StartUp,” and more. 

Casting 

Ron Perlman has been cast in the second season of Crackle‘s original scripted drama “StartUp,” joining previously announced cast members Adam Brody, Edi Gathegi,  and Otmara Marrero. Martin Freeman will also reprise his role from the first season. Perlman will portray Wes Chandler, an experienced, multi-millionaire businessman with a levelheaded grit. Season 2 of the series will debut this fall with 10 hour-long episodes.

Dates

Ripper Street,” BBC America’s co-production with Tiger Aspect, Lookout Point Production and Brown Bear Films, will return for a fifth and final season on March 8. The final six episodes picks up mere days after the grisly death of Detective Inspector Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn). His old friends Di Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen), surgeon Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg) and ‘Long’ Susan Hart (MyAnna Buring) band together to bring Drake’s murderer, the »

- Sarah Ahern and Dani Levy

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‘Howards End’: Julia Ormond, Philipa Coulthard, Joseph Quinn, More Join Starz/BBC Miniseries

17 February 2017 7:59 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Starz and BBC are rounding out the cast for limited series Howards End, based on E.M. Forster’s classic novel. Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin, Mad Men) and newcomers Philippa Coulthard (The Catch, Secrets and Lies), Joseph Quinn (Dickensian) have signed on to the four-part series, alongside Rosalind Eleazar (National Treasure, Nw) and Alex Lawther (Imitation Game, Black Mirror). They join previously announced Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tracey Ullman. Howards End… »

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TV News Roundup: Starz and BBC to Produce Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘Howards End’ Adaptation Starring Hayley Atwell

15 February 2017 2:12 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s roundup, Starz and BBC team up to co-produce Kenneth Lonergan’s “Howards End” adaptation, “Jessica Jones” star Krysten Ritter’s debut novel gets a pub date, and more. 

Greenlights

Starz and the BBC are teaming up to co-produce the limited series “Howards End,” written by Academy Award-nominee Kenneth Lonergan and based on the classic E.M. Forster novel. The series represents the “Manchester by the Sea” writer and director’s first television adaptation, and will explore the changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn of the century England through the prism of three families: the intellectual and idealistic Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes from the world of business, and the working class Basts. Hayley AtwellMatthew Macfadyen, and Tracey Ullman are all set to star, with Hettie Macdonald signing on to direct the four hour-long episodes that will air on BBC One in the U.K. and Starz in the U.S »

- Will Thorne

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Hayley Atwell to Star in Howards End Adaptation for Starz, BBC

15 February 2017 12:46 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

A British literature classic is getting an update, thanks to Starz and the BBC.

Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter, Conviction) will headline a miniseries adaptation of Howards End, based on the E.M. Forster novel, to be co-produced by Starz and BBC One. Set in circa-1900 England, Howards End explores the social and class divisions of the time through three families; Atwell will star as well-read idealist Margaret Schlegel.

RelatedBenedict Cumberbatch to Ep, Star in BBC One Drama About Loss of a Child

Joining Atwell in the cast are Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street), who’ll play Henry Wilcox, and Tracey Ullman, »

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Starz Boards ‘Howards End’ BBC Limited Series; Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen & Tracey Ullman To Star

15 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Starz has teamed with BBC to co-produce the limited series Howards End, based on the classic E.M. Forster novel with Oscar-nominated Manchester by the Sea screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan writing the TV adaptation. Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street) and Tracey Ullman (Tracey Ullman’s Show) have been tapped to star in the project, originally greenlighted by BBC One in December 2015. Hettie Macdonald (White Girl) will direct the… »

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Succession: Adam McKay Series Ordered by HBO

8 February 2017 5:24 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are venturing into dramatic territory. According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has ordered a new TV series from the producers titled Succession.From Peep Show writer Jesse Armstrong, the family drama will star "Brian Cox as the patriarch of a family-owned media empire." The cast also includes Kieran Culkin, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Hiam Abbas, Rob Yang, Parker Sawyers, and Peter Friedman.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Will Ferrell-Adam McKay Political Drama ‘Succession’ Ordered by HBO

8 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO has given a 10-episode series order to “Succession,” a political drama from executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.

The series is described as the saga of the Roys, a fictional American global-media family that is not only rich and powerful but also powerfully dysfunctional. It will explore family loyalty, international business, and the perils of power in the 21st century.

Jesse Armstrong will serve as showrunner, writer, and executive producer on the series, with McKay directing the pilot, which HBO ordered last year. Additional executive producers are Kevin Messick, Frank Rich, and Ilene S. Landress.

Succession” stars Brian Cox as Logan Roy, the tough, powerful, and aging patriarch of the Roy family and head of a family-controlled international media conglomerate; Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy, eldest son from Logan’s second marriage, currently a division president at the family firm and the heir apparent; Kieran Culkin as Roman Roy, Logan »

- Daniel Holloway

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