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Entertainment One Films (eOne) has acquired the distribution rights in the U.S. and Canada to Miss Meadows, starring Katie Holmes, it was announced today by Berry Meyerowitz, President of U.S. Film and Distribution. The agreement marks the first film acquisition under Meyerowitz who is integrating his Phase 4 Films into eOne. James Badge Dale, Mary Kay Place and Jean Smart also star in Miss Meadows, which was directed and written by Karen Leigh Hopkins. Eric Brenner and Rob Carliner produced. The film is slated for a theatrical release in the fall of 2014.
In Miss Meadows, Katie Holmes plays a sweet and proper elementary school teacher whose perfect manners and pretty floral dresses hide a dark secret: when she's not teaching at the local elementary school or tending to her garden, she's moonlighting as a gun-toting vigilante.
Here's what Berry Meyerowitz had to say about the film in a statement. »
Last night’s premiere of AMC’s newest unscripted series Game Of Arms debuted with 1 million viewers and 626,000 adults 18-49 at 10 Pm, making it AMC’s highest weeknight unscripted series premiere ever. Game Of Arms, from Undertow Films, looks at the highly competitive world of underground arm wrestling. Meanwhile, Bet has ordered a second season of its first original scripted drama series Being Mary Jane, after the finale — two back-to-back hours from 9-11 Pm — averaged 2.6 million viewers in the first hour and 3.2 million in the second. The season finale event became the series’ best performing episode, outperforming its premiere. (In early January, an average of 3.3 million viewers tuned in to check out the unveiling of the Gabrielle Union-starring vehicle, after which an immediate repeat clocked 1.8 million.) During February, the top 5 weeknight cable drama premiere telecasts were dominated by new episodes of the series, and it finished out its first season as the No. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
More TV casting news after yesterday's bonanza. Today, first, Stephen Bishop has been promoted to a series regular on Bet’s hit drama series Being Mary Jane. Fans of the series should get ready to see more of him as Mary Jane (Gabrielle Union), brings him back into her life so that they can maybe work things out. Does that mean no more being the *other* woman for her? Second, Tory Kittles has joined the cast of BBC America's Intruders, which follows an ex-cop forced to confront his past when he opens an investigation into the disappearance of his wife. Kittles will play Gary Fischer, described as an attorney friend of the ex-cop, who assists in the investigation. And finally, Tim Meadows has been cast in NBC's comedy pilot, Marry Me, which centers on a young couple who get engaged, and quickly realize being potentially married isn't all that they expected it to be. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
More TV casting news after yesterday's bonanza. Today, first, Stephen Bishop has been promoted to a series regular on Bet’s hit drama series Being Mary Jane. Fans of the series should get ready to see more of him as Mary Jane (Gabrielle Union), brings him back into her life so that they can maybe work things out. Does that mean no more being the *other* woman for her? Second, Tory Kittles has joined the cast of BBC America's Intruders, which follows an ex-cop forced to confront his past when he opens an investigation into the disappearance of his wife. Kittles will play Gary Fischer, described as an attorney friend of the ex-cop, who assists in the investigation. And finally, Tim Meadows »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Stephen Bishop (Moneyball) has been upped to a series regular on Bet’s Being Mary Jane, which stars Gabrielle Union as a successful TV news anchor. Bishop will play David, a man Mary Jane brings back into her life to work things out. Bishop, repped by Greene & Associates, Weiner Management and Dave Feldman, next will be seen in Miss Meadows opposite Katie Holmes. True Detective‘s Tory Kittles has signed on to Intruders, BBC America’s eight-episode original series. Written by Glen Morgan, Intruders is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. It centers on ex-cop Jack Whalen (John Simm), who has escaped a dark, violent past for a seemingly quiet life with his wife, Amy (Mira Sorvino). When she goes missing, Jack starts an investigation that forces him to confront his past. Kittles will play Gary Fischer, a handsome attorney »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Sometimes, casting really is half the battle, and so it is with “Being Mary Jane,” Bet’s first stab at an episodic drama with a principally African-American cast. Gabrielle Union stars as the title character, a TV anchor with a complicated personal life, which includes a pair of romantic entanglements, one of them married. Picking up where a high-rated TV movie left off, it’s hardly ground-breaking material, but Union proves good enough company to pull it off, giving Bet a credible shot at becoming a more significant player in the scripted game.
Actually, the whole “picking up where the movie left off” aspect proves a little jarring at first, at least for anyone who didn’t see the film, inasmuch as practically everything about “Mary Jane” starts in the middle. That said, it’s not hard to figure out she’s had an affair with the married Andre (Omari Hardwick »
- Brian Lowry
6 items from 2014
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