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Cinemax Orders Rellik TV series from BBC OneDeadline reports Cinemax has ordered the limited Rellik TV show from the BBC. The title is the word killer spelled backwards because the series tells a serial killer's story in reverse.BBC One commissioned the killer thriller, last year. The mystery drama hails from The Missing creators Harry Williams and Jack Williams, and its production companies, Two Brothers Pictures and New Pictures. Sam Miller, whose behind-camera credits include Luther and Fortitude, will direct.Read More… »
In today’s TV news roundup, Stephen Root joins Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle,” Bravo announces a premiere date for “Imposters” and more.
Stephen Root has been cast in the title role for the second season of Amazon’s drama series “The Man in the High Castle.” He will portray “a mysterious figure” associated with the Resistance movement. Season 2 premieres Friday, Dec. 16.
Bravo has announced the premiere date for its upcoming scripted series “Imposters” (formerly titled “My So Called Wife”), which will debut Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at 10 p.m. The hourlong dark comedy follows con-artist Maddie (Inbar Lavi), as her former victims team up to bring her down.
Cinemax has greenlit a six-episode limited series, “Rellik,” Variety has confirmed. The drama is described as a “killer story told backwards.” The project — first reported by Deadline — hails from “The Missing” creators Harry and Jack Williams of Two Brothers Pictures, who »
- Arya Roshanian
Anthony Hemingway, who directed half the episodes of FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” recalls being on set with Cuba Gooding Jr., who played Simpson. They were filming a scene during episode four that showed O.J. behind bars, mentally unraveling.
“I literally just said, ‘Cry.’ And he, like a baby, started,” Hemingway says. “After we cut he started to curse me out: ‘Mother f—r. Only you can make me do this s—t.’”
An unusually close bond between actor and director is a bit of a throughline among those nominated for Emmys this year for lead performance in a limited series or TV movie. Idris Elba, nominated for “Luther,” has worked with director Sam Miller on eight previous episodes as well as the feature “No Good Deed.” Susanne Bier directed Tom Hiddleston in all six episodes of AMC’s “The Night Manager,” and could see a lot more of the »
- Seth Kelley
Rome — Showtime-Sky miniseries “Guerrilla,” which is set against a backdrop of 1970s radicalism in London, has announced four new cast members set to star alongside Idris Elba and Freida Pinto, just as shooting is scheduled to start this week.
Babou Ceesay (“Getting On”) will play political activist Marcus, whose partner Jas is being played by Pinto (“Slumdog Millionaire”); Rory Kinnear (“Penny Dreadful”) and Daniel Mays (“Line of Duty”) will play Pence and Cullen, two cops “assigned to a secret Special Branch unit that targets black activists,” according to a Sky statement; and Zawe Ashton (“Fresh Meat”) will play Omega “who views herself as a leader within the black community.”
Ridley has writing duties on most of the “Guerrilla” episodes, and will direct the first two and the finale, with »
- Nick Vivarelli
"Slumdog Millionaire" and "Immortals" actress Freida Pinto has scored the female lead role in Showtime and Sky Atlantic's six-part mini-series "Guerrilla" which is being produced by Green Door Pictures, Fifty Fathoms, ABC Signature and Stearns Castle.
Idris Elba and "12 Years a Slave" scribe John Ridley serve as executive producers on the story about a politically active couple whose relationship is tested when they liberate a charismatic political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London.
Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism. Pinto will play the wife of the couple, the husband has yet to be cast. Elba has a supporting role in the production, though details of it have yet to be revealed.
Ridley will write the majority of the episodes and direct the first two, while Sam Miller »
- Garth Franklin
Freida Pinto, best known for “Slumdog Millionaire,” has joined Idris Elba in the cast of the Showtime-Sky miniseries “Guerrilla.” John Ridley, who won an Oscar for “12 Years a Slave,” will write, direct and executive produce.
The six-part drama centers on a couple, Jas and Marcus, whose “passion propels them into making the leap from political activism to radical militancy,” Sky said in a statement. Pinto, whose credits include Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” and Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” plays Jas; Marcus has yet to be cast. As well as co-starring, Elba serves as an executive producer through his Green Door Pictures.
In the miniseries, Jas and Marcus’ “relationship and values are tested when »
- Leo Barraclough
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