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Owain Yeoman is a traitor.
The Mentalist alum has come on board AMC’s historical spy drama Turn as a series regular for Season 2, playing Benedict Arnold, per The Hollywood Reporter.
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Arnold, of course, was an American Continental Army general during the Revolutionary War, who defected to the British side.
Yeoman exited CBS’ The Mentalist last season after the show underwent a bit of a creative makeover, jumping ahead two years.
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Lifetime is developing a new miniseries centered around Marilyn Monroe, Variety has confirmed.
The series, based on the book “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” by J. Randy Taraborrelli, is being scripted by Stephen Kronish, writer and producer of Reelz’s “The Kennedys” and “24.” If the project is picked up, “Sherrybaby” helmer Laurie Collyer is attached to direct.
The show hails from Asylum Entertainment, which produced “The Kennedys,” and is executive produced by Kronish, Jonathan Koch, Steven Michaels and Keri Selig. The working title for the miniseries is “Marilyn.”
Taraborrelli’s “Secret Life” biography is a New York Times bestseller which explores Monroe’s complicated relationships with her mother, foster mother and legal guardian, her struggles with mental illness and her ties with the Kennedys. Monroe died Aug. 5, 1962.
- Variety Staff
Lifetime is adapting The Red Tent into a two-night miniseries, the network announced today. The book, by Anita Diamant, explores figures from the Hebrew Bible, and centers on Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob. The White Queen's Rebecca Ferguson will play Dinah, About a Boy's Minnie Driver will play Leah, Homeland's Morena Baccarin will play Rachel, Game of Thrones's Iain Glen will play Jacob, relative newcomer Will Tudor will play Joseph, and Debra Winger will play Rebecca. (Lifetime did not announce who will be playing Zilpah and Bilhah, but they factor into the story, too.) The movie will air later this year, so if you're planning on erecting a menstrual tent in celebration, it's time to get on that. »
- Margaret Lyons
Fox is reportedly extending the length of the second season of its supernatural-historical drama "Sleepy Hollow". The show's first season ran for thirteen episodes and initially the second was renewed for the same.
Producers now say that at least fifteen episodes will be produced for the second season, and plans are underway for a potential total of eighteen episodes. [Source: EW]
Lifetime is slated to produce a four-hour Biblical mini-series adaptation of Anita Diamant's 1997 novel "The Red Tent". Rebecca Ferguson, Minnie Driver, Iain Glen, Will Tudor, Morena Baccarin and Debra Winger lead the cast with filming to begin this month in Morocco.
Ferguson plays Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob, who goes on to marry a prince and fall out with her murderous brother Joseph (Tudor). [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Add Lifetime to the number of broadcast and cable networks prepping religious-themed programming. The female-skewing cable network is adapting Anita Diamant's best-selling book The Red Tent, setting an all-star cast for the two-part miniseries, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The White Queen's Rebecca Ferguson, Homeland's Morena Baccarin, About a Boy's Minnie Driver, Terms of Endearment's Debra Winger and Game of Thrones' Iain Glen and Will Tudor round out the cast. Story: The 'Bible' Effect and the Resurrection of TV Miniseries Red Tent is a first-person story of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob
- Lesley Goldberg
The network miniseries has been making a comeback recently and that means singular opportunities for actors. Two miniseries set to shoot in the coming months now have casting directors attached, Backstage has learned. NBC’s “The Slap,” the story of a man who slapped a child who was unrelated to him at a family gathering, will be cast by New York-based Avy Kaufman. It’s set to begin shooting July 14 in Toronto. Meanwhile, Lifetime’s “The Red Tent,” a Biblical drama, is set to be cast by Burbank-based Marcia Ross. The miniseries, which will be directed by Bronwen Hughes, follows a young woman who is widowed at the hands of her jealous brothers, and begins a journey to find her place as an independent woman in a world ruled by men. It shoots March 17–May 16 in Morocco. »
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