6 items from 2015
I’ve spent a week dragging my feet on writing about Pennsatucky’s two (two!) heartbreaking rape scenes on Orange Is the New Black. They certainly deserve attention, as does Taryn Manning’s performance. But as I’ve learned while procrastinating a ton in this writing process — wow, do I dislike having to think about rape. Rape is horrifying and dehumanizing. It is the betrayal of what should be an intimate, connective act. It is a violent invasion. It is ultimately about power.Our natural instinct is to look away when confronted with something that ugly — and that’s why it’s so important for our television shows to hold their gaze. What’s most striking about Orange Is the New Black’s treatment of rape, and what separates it from any other current TV show, is not Pennsatucky’s ordeal, which is all too common and which I’ll get to later, »
- Jada Yuan
Project Name: Strangers
Asking For: $15,000 on Indiegogo
Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $7,365
Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 29
Description: A good comedy web series needs its fair share of weirdos, and what better place to find those weirdos than on Airbnb? The room renting service is the central plot device for Strangers, an upcoming web series from creator Mia Lidofsky.
Strangers centers around Isobel (Zoe Chao), a young, frenetic woman who is forced to rent out a room in her apartment after breaking up with her boyfriend. She proceeds to find her home occupied by a rotating procession of colorful characters, who drive the plot in each episode. "There will be a birth, there will Tinder dates, there will be so much dancing, and lots of love, and a lot of pain," explains Lidofsky in her pitch video.
Creator Bio: Lidofksy cut her »
- Sam Gutelle
Parker’s is set to exec produce and star in “Divorce,” which HBO ordered to series Thursday, Variety has confirmed.
The half-hour comedy tells the story of a very, very drawn-out divorce. Parker will play one half of the divorced couple, Frances, a woman who suddenly reassesses her life and marriage to Robert (played by Thomas Haden Church), and realizes that a fresh start is much harder than she thought.
Deadline first confirmed the series order. “Divorce” is set to shoot in New York this year.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
After a decade-long break, Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to the HBO lineup with a new comedy series. The premium cable network has given a series order to Divorce, its single-camera comedy toplined by the Sex & the City star. Written by Irish writer-actress Sharon Horgan, Divorce was sold to HBO with Parker attached in her first major TV acting commitment since Sex And The City. The pilot, directed by Jesse Peretz and co-starring Thomas Haden Church, Molly… »
Sex and the City alum Parker stars as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break is harder than she thought. Church will play Robert, the man who is surprised to learn that his wife’s perspective on their marriage is quite different from his.
Sarah Jessica Parker has officially signed onto star in and exec produce HBO’s comedy pilot, “Divorce,” making her return to the net after “Sex And The City.” HBO has given a formal pilot order to the project, which will also star Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon and Talia Balsam, Variety has learned.
The half-hour comedy is described as the story of a very, very drawn-out divorce. The “Sex And The City” star will play one half of the divorced couple, Frances, a woman who suddenly reassesses her life and marriage and realizes that a fresh start is much harder than she thought.
Church will star as Parker’s on-screen husband, Robert who’s caught off guard by his wife’s perspective on their marriage.
Shannon and Balsam have been cast as Parker’s girlfriends. Shannon will play Frances’ high-strung friend, Diane, who has a successful husband, beautiful home, but no children, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
6 items from 2015
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