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Updated: Bret Harrison (Orange County) and Aaron McCusker (Shameless, Dexter) have been cast as series regulars in ABC’s 10-episode drama series The Astronaut Wives Club, from Fake Empire, Groundswell Productions and ABC Studios, eyed for 2015. Written by Stephanie Savage based on Lily Koppel’s book and directed by Nick Cassavetes, it tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. Harrison will play Gordon “Gordo” Cooper, one of the original astronauts. His wandering ways pushed his wife, Trudy, to the brink of divorce, but he’s convinced her to come back so he can have his shot at space. McCusker, repped by UK’s Curtis Brown and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon Entertainment, will play Wally Schirra, another one of the original astronauts who’s also a prankster. Daniel London (Minority Report, Patch Adams »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
As she stars in her second revival of A Taste of Honey, Rebecca Ryan talks about the enduring appeal of Delaney's contradictory Jo and how growing up on Manchester's Chatsworth estate as Debbie Gallagher made her 'embarrassment proof'
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A Taste of Honey: four-star revival
Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey seems to be more popular than ever, with three major revivals having appeared within the past 18 months. The former Shameless and Waterloo Road star Rebecca Ryan has been in two of them. Last year she played the part of the teenage mother-to-be Jo at the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh; she's currently doing it again in a Hull Truck production set to go out on tour.
"It was shortly after the Edinburgh run ended that I got the call asking if I'd like to read for the part at Hull Truck," she says. "I said yes like a shot. »
- Alfred Hickling
Old and New Media were out in force at Miptv on Tuesday (8) as veteran producers and writers unveiled projects and new media heavyweights YouTube and Twitter discussed the pulling power of their platforms for traditional content creators as well as newcomers.
A round-up of the day 2 events:
Us writer and producer Frank Spotnitz joined Olivier Bibas, producer and managing director of Paris-based Atlantique Productions, for a breakfast preview of the second series of Transporter adapted from Luc Besson’s popular film franchise.
“We want to keep the identity of the original but also deepen Frank’s world,” said Spotnitz, noting each episode »
Cannes — French pay TV company Canal Plus has greenlit crime drama “Spotless,” which was co-created by Ed McCardie (U.K. version of “Shameless”), and Corinne Marrinan (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”).
The 10-episode series is to be produced by Tandem Communications, which is owned by Canal Plus’ production arm Studiocanal. Principal photography is set to begin this summer on location in London. The first two episodes will be directed by Pascal Chaumeil (“Heartbreaker,” “A Long Way Down”). Principal casting will be announced soon.
The show, which will be peppered with black humor, centers on a troubled man, Jean, whose tidy life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother, Martin, crash lands into his world, and gets both of them involved in the deadly dynamics of organized crime.
Played out against a backdrop of Jean’s niche crime-scene cleaning business, with gangsters, corruption, drugs and death a constant hazard, Jean, Martin »
- Leo Barraclough
French pay-tv group Canal Plus has given a 10-episode order to the London-set crime drama Spotless, with StudioCanal's Tandem Communications to produce in association with Rosetta Media. Co-created by British writer/producer Ed McCardie (Shameless) and American Corinne Marrinan (C.S.I.), Spotless is described as a “sexy one-hour crime drama peppered with black humor.” It follows Jean, a man who runs a crime scene clean-up business, whose life is turned upside down when his gangster brother Martin crashes back into his world. Story: Miptv: 'Sex, Lies and Handwriting' Series Starts Shoot in
- Scott Roxborough
Canal Plus has given an 10-episode order to one-hour crime drama Spotless. Co-created by Shameless UK producer and writer Ed McCardie and Corinne Marrinan (CSI, Crossing Lines), the series is produced by Studiocanal’s Tandem Communications in association with Rosetta Media for Canal+ Original Programming. The London-set drama is billed as irreverant, sexy and dangerous. It’s the story of a troubled man whose tidy life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother crash lands into his world, and gets both of them involved in the deadly dynamics of organized crime as their dysfunctional family struggles to gain control over life, business and shared destiny. Principal photography is targeted to begin this summer in London. The first two episodes will be directed by Pascal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker) and casting is underway. McCardie is head writer and Marrinan is writer and co-executive producer. Executive producers include Tandem’s Rola Bauer, Jonas Bauer and Suzanne Berger, »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
E4 has brought together some of Britain’s brightest young talent from film, TV, stage and music to star in the new series including:
Jessie Cave, best known as Lavender Brown in Harry Potter;
The young cast also features:
Tommy McDonnell, currently in cinemas in acclaimed British prison »
- email@example.com (ScreenTerrier)
E4 has announced a cast of rising stars for its new drama Glue.
Harry Potter's Jessie Cave, Starred Up actor Tommy McDonnell, New Worlds star Billy Howie, Frankenstein's Callum Turner and Charlotte Spencer - Carly Kirk in BBC Two's Line of Duty - complete the cast.
Glue will explore the impact that the discovery of a local boy's body has on a small English village, as secrets »
The BBC zombie series, In The Flesh, continues in May and we have a look at new footage from the upcoming episodes. While we don’t have a UK release date at this time, it has been confirmed that it will premiere on BBC America on Saturday, May 10th at 10:00pm. For those who are unfamiliar with the series, here’s a brief overview of the first season:
“The series follows zombie teenager Kieren Walker and his reintegration back into both the local community and the heart of his family. After his suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see Kieren again. But then, shortly after his funeral, thousands rose from the dead; and after months of re-habilitation and medication, the zombies, now known as Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers, are gradually being returned to their homes. When Kieran returns, he is forced to confront his family, »
- Jonathan James
We knew BBC America would be airing Season 2 of "In the Flesh" sometime this year, and now the official premiere date has arrived along with a "first look" teaser video and a few more details of what's coming.
"In the Flesh" creator Dominic Mitchell reignites the world of teenager Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry), a Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferer who continues in his struggle to find acceptance. The six-parter is a BBC America co-production with BBC Drama Production North.
In the cauldron of Roarton, where the living and the undead have reached a fragile peace, Kieren is desperately keeping his head down and squirreling money into his ‘escape fund’ for Paris. But in the wider world, fear is in the air. »
- Debi Moore
The Village has begun filming its upcoming second series in Derbyshire.
BBC One's drama will return for six more episodes later this year, with its second series taking place in 1923.
Also joining the cast are Ben Batt (Shameless) as landowner Alf Rutter, Derek Riddell (Ugly Betty) as Labour candidate Robin, Juliet Aubrey (The White Queen) as Marie Stopes advisor Joy Dangerfield, Daniel Ezra as boxer Ghana Jones, Alex Robertson as Robert Read and Andrew Gower (Being Human) as Bert's friend Gilbert Hankin.
Full broadcasts dates »
John Mortimer's socialist riposte to Thatcherism is beautifully acted and simply oozes nostalgia for a bygone Britain
Paradise Postponed was part of the wave of heritage drama that engulfed Britain during the Thatcher years. John Mortimer had recently adapted Brideshead Revisited and now threw himself into this panoramic history of postwar Britain, anchoring it in the goings-on in the fictional home counties village of Rapstone Fanner, and placing two mysteries at its core: why did leftie vicar Simeon Simcox leave his brewery millions to wealthy local Tory MP Leslie Titmuss, and why doesn't his wife seem to mind? "I was never all that concerned about the New Jerusalem," murmurs Mrs Simcox, played by Annette Crosbie long before One Foot in the Grave. "I suppose I've always had far too much to do in the garden."
The plot flashes forward and back over 40 years, taking in the postwar Labour government, »
- Toby Manning
Clint Dyer joins Doctor Who actor Trevor Laird and Shameless star Karen Bryson, to play a family in David Kitchen’s London-set dramatic feature, Family Reunion - Kitchen's directorial debut. Here's a plot breakdown: Family Reunion tells the story of a close-knit London family, who recently lost their mother and Uncle. As Dad (Trevor Laird) and his loving children Karen (Karen Bryson) and Jason (Clint Dyer) return from the funeral, the family home seems to lack the warmth it once had. The sadness is lightened by the joy of the upcoming family celebrations, Jason’s sons 10th birthday, dad’s 60th birthday and a family reunion. As the planning for the milestone birthdays »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Meryl Streep has signed on to play famed suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst alongside Carey Mulligan (Shame), Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech), Romola Garai (Amazing Grace), Anne-Marie Duff (Shameless), Natalie Press (Ill Manors), Ben Wishaw (Skyfall) and Brandan Gleeson (In Bruges) in Suffragette.
The film will chart the early activists for womens’ liberation and their run-ins with the government and will reunite Streep with The Iron Lady scribe Abi Morgan, while Sarah Gavron (Village at the End of the World) is set to direct.
- Gary Collinson
Lucien Laviscount, who has appeared in the UK versions of “Shameless” and “Skins,” will play Ennis Roth, a police academy trainee out for justice after his fiancee becomes a casualty of monster war crossfire.
Nathaniel Buzolic, who is known to CW audiences as original vampire Kol on “The Vampire Diaries” and that spinoff, will play David Hayden, a shapeshifter living as a human who has turned his back on his powerful monster family.
“Supernatural: Tribes,” which is exec produced and penned by “Supernatural’s” Andrew Dabb, concentrates on the monster mafia that runs Chicago’s seedy underbelly — and the newly-minted hunter determined to boot them from the Windy City. Other exec producers are Eric Kripke, Robert Singer, Jeremy Carver and McG.
Laviscount is repped by Industry Entertainment and Waring & McKenna in UK. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Dinah: "Come over to academia. The fun never ends!"
Felicity: "British people are really bad liars."
Felicity: "Lucky for us, Tibetan pit-viper venom is difficult to transport."
Lance: "Where'd you two even meet?"
Sara: "Vigilante club."
Bonnie: "I just want to say how proud I am of my daughter. She is the strongest person I know. If I had a guy like this, I'd be robbing banks and shooting heroin into my eyeballs to keep our love alive."
Winston: "Honestly, can you not see »
Bravo has renewed Top Chef for a 12th season. That’s probably not a surprise considering that Bravo just announced it’s developing another sequel for the hit competition show.
MTV has ordered 12 episodes of Finding Carter, a series about a teen who finds out she was kidnapped from her family as a child. The series’ cast includes Alexis Denisof, Cynthia Watros along with Meredith Baxter in a recurring role.
Following a list of franchises that have never been rebooted, io9 asked what’s the difference between a retcon and a reboot. #nerdproblems
In case you were wondering, Ryan Murphy tells EW this season of American Horror Story wasn’t just an excuse to get Stevie Nicks to perform “Seven Wonders” as part of the story, “Well, she brought it »
- Lyle Masaki
Her work is imbued with a passionate concern for the unrecognised that makes her own voice unforgettable
There are a few actors who are always ready to take risks. Maxine Peake – familiar most recently on television as Silk's Martha Costello, the QC with a conscience, and also famous for Shameless and Dinnerladies – seems fearless. She was a sellout last year at the Manchester International Festival in Shelley's lament on the Peterloo Massacre, and she played Anne Scargill, ex-wife of Arthur, in a radio drama she wrote herself about women in the miners' strike, and she starred in another TV drama series, The Village. She also performed and recorded with a well-reviewed band, the Eccentronic Research Council. This year, she'll star in a stage version of another of her own radio dramas, this one about the cyclist Beryl Burton, which is to be performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse to »
There is something disarming about stories that deal with childhood friendships, especially ones that are filmed close to where you live. The Selfish Giant was filmed around the city of Bradford, so there is a familiarity to the landscapes that I see in the movie as I live there. What is more effective is the natural acting of two boys plucked out of obscurity showing a friendship that is all too real and all too painful at the end.
The Selfish Giant is based on an Oscar Wilde short story, and after watching the film you’ll find yourself wanting to read the tale to compare the two. For the film though it tells the story of Arbor (Conner Chapman) and Swifty (Shaun Thomas). Brought together as »
- Paul Metcalf
The film will explore the relationship between Thomas and fellow poet John Malcolm Brinnin, played by Wood
• Elijah Wood: 'Frodo's never going away'
Wood will play Brinnin, an American poet and literary scenester who was friends with Thomas as well as Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. He wrote Dylan Thomas in America, an account of how he brought the poet to the United States and accompanied him on book tours, which were often marred by Thomas's drunkenness and erratic behaviour. Thomas will be played by Celyn Jones, a veteran of TV shows like Above Suspicion, Leaving and Shameless.
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
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