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Lifetime is looking for divine intervention to bring a large aud to its Dec. 7 miniseries “The Red Tent.” The cabler has set a two-hour “The Women of the Bible” special produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett to air as the lead-in to the mini set in Biblical times.
The special will tell the stories of prominent women in the Bible, blended with interviews of contemporary femme faith leaders. Downey will narrate the special, to be produced by Downey’s LightWorkers Media, a unit of Burnett and Downey’s United Artists Media Group banner.
Burnett and Downey previously produced the boffo “The Bible” mini drew huge auds for History last year, and also aired in reruns on Lifetime. The two-hour special is likely to feed a big crowd into the first half of “Red Tent,” based on the novel revolving around the lives of four women in Old Testament times. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Lifetime has ordered two-hour special “The Women of The Bible” from Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. Downey (“Touched by an Angel”) will narrate the December special, which will also serve as the lead-in in for miniseries “The Red Tent.” “Women of The Bible” will tell the stories of Eve, Sara, Rahab, Mary Magdalene and Mother Mary, and feature interviews from women in the faith community, including Christine Caine, Priscilla Shirer, Victoria Osteen, Eva Rodriguez, Kay Warren and Joyce Meyer. See video: Bill Maher Mocks Jesus Christ and Stephen Colbert in ‘Funny Or Die’ Skit “The Bible is an inspiring source of some of the most. »
- Tony Maglio
Darlene Love will sing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on Letterman for a 29th time, and that’s it Love, who has been singing the Christmas classic every year on Letterman’s "Late Night" and "The Late Show" since 1986, says she will retire the holiday tradition after this year, opting not to continue it on another late-night show. "They never told me not to, but it was an unspoken thing. They couldn't ask me not to sing 'Christmas (Baby)' on another show, but after 10 years, then 15 years, of doing this one song on this one show, I felt I had an obligation to be true to them," she tells Billboard. Plus: Watch Love sing “Christmas” in 1986 and in 2013. Kaley Cuoco receives a Hollywood Walk of Fame star “The Big Bang Theory” star may only be 29 years old, but she’s already been on two long-running sitcoms. Facebook: Republicans and »
- Norman Weiss
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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