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The network announced Monday that “Underground” will return for a 10-episode second season in 2017. Production will get under way this summer for the series, which hails from Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios.
Created by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, “Underground” averages 3 million total viewers on Wednesday nights this season, according to Nielsen’s “live plus-7” estimates. It grows on average from its same-day numbers by roughly 130%, and is the No. 6-rated scripted series premiere for any cable drama this season. Last week, it was Wednesday’s No. 1 original scripted cable series across all key demos in “live plus-3” ratings.
Compared with the Wgn American primetime average this season, “Underground” is delivering roughly six times as many total viewers and about 11 times »
- Rick Kissell
Wgn America’s new drama “Underground” got off to a great ratings start last week, with time-shifting and encores helping it to become the network’s most-watched original scripted entertainment program to date.
In Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates, the regular-timeslot debut of the period drama about a group of slaves planning a 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation averaged 2.3 million total viewers, including 985,000 adults 25-54 (0.83 national rating) — roughly 10 times the network’s primetime average season-to-date. It grew from its same-day averages by 60% in total viewers (from 1.42 million) and by 68% in the demo (from 585,000 or 0.49 rating).
The 2.3 million viewers in L+3 for its regular timeslot premiere puts “Underground” ahead of numerous recent high-profile premieres. It outdrew, for example, Showtime’s “Billions” by 54%, HBO’s “Vinyl” by 105%, Starz’ “Ash vs. Evil Dead” by 256% and FX’s “Baskets” by 30%.
When including three encores last Wednesday, “Underground’s” totals rose to 3.5 million total »
- Rick Kissell
Exclusive: Patrick Wachsberger and his team will commence pre-sales in Berlin on the action adventure starring Jamie Foxx and Taron Egerton about a Crusader and a Moorish warrior who lead the fight against a corrupt English town.
In a new statement DiCaprio said: “Robin Hood is a legendary story known to audiences across the globe. When I heard about Otto’s vision for this film, I was immediately drawn to how he plans to transform a powerful script by Joby Harold into a modern, progressive version of a classic story.
“He is an extraordinary storyteller and this film will »
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The King Arthur movie, which also stars Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey as Guinevere, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou and Katie McGrath, will open against Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers” movie. It was previously going up against Sony’s “Bad Boys 3” and 20th Century Fox’s “Maze Runner: The Death Cure.”
It’s the second time that Warner Bros. has moved the King Arthur project backwards. It announced in December that it was going to open the film seven months after its originally scheduled launch on July 22, 2016.
- Dave McNary
Deadline is reporting that Jamie Foxx has signed on to the cast of Lionsgate’s Robin Hood: Origins, where he’s set to play the character of Little John alongside Taron Egerton’s Robin and Eve Hewson’s Maid Marian.
Foxx’s Little John is described as “a battle-hardened but war-weary veteran of The Crusades who starts out distrustful of Robin Hood (they fought on opposite sides), and then warms to the young hero in the gritty revisionist take on the legend.”
Robin Hood: Origins is being directed by Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders) from a script by Joby Harold (Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur), and is set to go into production once Egerton finishes up with the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service.
- Gary Collinson
With the Robin Hood (Taron Egerton) and Maid Marian (Eve Hewson) roles locked up for Lionsgate's gritty reboot Robin Hood: Origins, the rest of the cast is starting to get filled out. Deadline reports that Jamie Foxx has come aboard to star as Little John, although this version of the character will be much different than the original folklore tale. This incarnation of Little John is said to start out not trusting Robin Hood, because they both fought on the opposite side of The Crusades. But he eventually warms up to the hero.
Joby Harold (Knights of the Round Table) wrote the screenplay, which offers a revisionist take on the beloved Robin Hood tale. The plot follows the title character, who returns home from fighting in The Crusades. He discovers that his beloved Sherwood Forest has become a den of corruption, leading him to form a band of merry outlaws to take back his homeland. »
“Peaky Blinders” director Otto Bathurst is directing from Joby Harold’s script. The film — set in the Sherwood Forest — follows the titular hero as he returns from the Crusades and forms a band of outlaws to deal with corruption. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are producing through their Appian Way banner with Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell through their Safehouse Productions.
Numerous “Robin Hood” movies have been made during the past century. The most recent came in 2010 with Ridley Scott directing Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett in Universal’s “Robin Hood,” which topped $320 million worldwide.
The news about Foxx was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
- Dave McNary
Production on Lionsgate’s trip back to Sherwood Forest may have been placed on the back-burner in favor of the upcoming sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, though Deadline has brought proof that Robin Hood: Origins is quietly marching forward in development with the casting of Jamie Foxx as Little John, one of the many Merry Men set to rob from the rich and give to the poor in 2017.
Foxx joins a cast that already boasts Taron Egerton in the star role as the titular man in tights along with Eve Hewson as Maid Marian. Indeed, it’s the former’s involvement in Kingsman 2 that has forced the studio’s hand into pumping the brakes on Origins, which will now hop in front of the cameras in late summer.
- Michael Briers
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