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“The Birth of the Pill” TV Adaptation Headed to National Geographic

20 April 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Soon you’ll be able to watch a scripted series about the creation of the birth control pill alongside documentaries about nature and foreign cultures. According to The Hollywood Reporter, National Geographic has plans to develop “The Birth of the Pill,” a scripted adaptation of Jonathan Eig’s 2014 nonfiction book of the same name.

Eig’s book traces Planned Parenthood founder and feminist Margaret Sanger and philanthropist Katherine McCormick’s fight to provide women with safe, reliable contraception. With scientist Gregory Pincus and Ob-gyn John Rock, Sanger and McCormick “took on the scientific establishment, the church, and cultural norms in their fight,” THR summarizes.

Nat Geo is developing “The Birth of the Pill” in partnership with Fox. “Unforgettable” director Denise Di Novi will exec produce the project with Alison Greenspan, and Sonar Entertainment is producing with R.J. Cutler. Di Novi, Greenspan, and Cutler previously collaborated on the 2014 romance “If I Stay.”

It was originally reported that Audrey Wells (“Under the Tuscan Sun”) would write the first episode and Cutler would direct, but it’s unclear whether that plan is still going forward. Wells’ role was not mentioned in THR.

The source also details the other women-created narrative projects in the works at Nat Geo, including the history of the Ebola virus, “The Hot Zone,” and an untitled drama about the beginning of National Geographic itself.

The Hot Zone,” from Lynda Obst (“Insterstellar”), traces Ebola’s inception in the central African rain forest and its eventual migration to the U.S. The drama centers on “a U.S. Army veterinarian, working with a secret military Swat team, who puts herself in peril trying to contain the outbreak,” THR writes. “Under the Dome” writers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson will pen the script with Jeff Vintar (“I, Robot”). Fox 21 and Scott Free are exec producing.

National Geographic’s origin story will be exec produced by Marti Noxon (“UnREAL”). The untitled project “kicks off in the 1960s when a field producer is put in charge of two production teams as they shoot Nat Geo’s first TV documentaries in Siberia and Australia, braving espionage, scandal, and hostile environments.” Noxon is also producing under her Tiny Pyro Productions banner. The project is written by Erik Jendresen (“Band of Brothers”), also an Ep.

“This scripted development slate further solidifies our commitment to developing diverse projects with themes and issues that resonate and are relevant to our audience,” Courteney Monroe, Nat Geo Global Networks CEO, commented. “We are working with the best storytellers in the world to tell these very human stories that we hope will create global conversation and change the way viewers look at the world around them.”

“The Birth of the Pill” TV Adaptation Headed to National Geographic was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Nat Geo Announces ‘Genius’ Season 2, Greenlights Three Scripted Series

19 April 2017 4:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

National Geographic announced Wednesday at their upfront presentation that “Genius” has been renewed for a second season before Season 1 has even premiered. In addition the network unveiled plans for three new scripted series and a second season of “Mars.”

Season 1 of “Genius,” which premieres April 25, will be a 10-part series on the life and times of Albert Einstein, based on Walter Isaacson’s book “Einstein: His Life and Universe.” It stars Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, and Emily Watson. Season 2 will focus on a different iconic figure, whose identity will be revealed during the Season 1 finale.

Season 2 will again be produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television with executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, and OddLot Entertainment with executive producer Gigi Pritzker. Ken Biller will again executive produce and serve as showrunner.

In “Mars” Season 1, viewers followed the first human mission to Mars, set in 2033, as the crew struggled to safely land on and create an initial »

- Joe Otterson

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Salem Co-Creators Thank the Fans of the Series in New Farewell Video

26 January 2017 12:54 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“We made the show, but you fans made it worthwhile.” Last night, Wgn America’s Salem came to an end after three seasons, and to thank the diehard fans of the show, series creators Adam Simon and Brannon Braga share their heartfelt thoughts in a new video made especially for the Heathens.

“The third season of “Salem” dawns with the triumph of the witches’ plan to remake the New World by bringing the devil to earth and making Salem his capital. But the devil is a liar, and instead of a New World free from murderous Puritan hypocrisy, his own plan will bring nothing but death and slavery with the ultimate aim of leading humanity to destroy itself. And there’s only one person on earth who can beat the devil — the very witch that birthed him, his mother, Mary Sibley. The only problem is—she’s dead. Or is she? »

- Derek Anderson

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Lovers Reunite & a Sacrifice is Demanded in Salem Series Finale Clips

25 January 2017 1:54 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Time will tell who will be left standing when Salem comes to an end tonight on Wgn America, but as two clips from the series finale prove, both tender love and hellish hatred will be prevalent in the final moments of the witchcraft series.

The series finale of Salem airs tonight at 9:00pm Et on Wgn America. Will you be tuning in? In case you missed it, check out a preview video for the final episode.

“The third season of “Salem” dawns with the triumph of the witches’ plan to remake the New World by bringing the devil to earth and making Salem his capital. But the devil is a liar, and instead of a New World free from murderous Puritan hypocrisy, his own plan will bring nothing but death and slavery with the ultimate aim of leading humanity to destroy itself. And there’s only one person on »

- Derek Anderson

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“Black Sunday” Preview Video Teases the Series Finale of Salem

24 January 2017 9:31 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“What would you sell your soul for?” Wgn America’s Salem concludes this Wednesday with its series finale, “Black Sunday,” and “all Hell breaks loose” in the preview video for the final episode.

“Black Sunday” airs on Wednesday, January 25th at 9:00pm Et on Wgn America. Are you sad to see the series come to an end?

“The third season of “Salem” dawns with the triumph of the witches’ plan to remake the New World by bringing the devil to earth and making Salem his capital. But the devil is a liar, and instead of a New World free from murderous Puritan hypocrisy, his own plan will bring nothing but death and slavery with the ultimate aim of leading humanity to destroy itself. And there’s only one person on earth who can beat the devil — the very witch that birthed him, his mother, Mary Sibley. The only problem is—she’s dead. »

- Derek Anderson

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New Preview Video Plans to Rid Salem of “Every Last Witch”

9 January 2017 10:27 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Only three episodes remain of Wgn America's supernatural series, Salem, and as fans prepare to enter the home stretch, a new preview video for the next installment, "Friday's Knights," shows the Resistance planning a final, dangerous task.

"Friday's Knights" airs Wednesday, January 11th at 9:00pm Et on Wgn America:

"The third season of “Salem” dawns with the triumph of the witches' plan to remake the New World by bringing the devil to earth and making Salem his capital. But the devil is a liar, and instead of a New World free from murderous Puritan hypocrisy, his own plan will bring nothing but death and slavery with the ultimate aim of leading humanity to destroy itself. And there's only one person on earth who can beat the devil -- the very witch that birthed him, his mother, Mary Sibley. The only problem is—she's dead. Or is she?

Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (Amateur Night, »

- Derek Anderson

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