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The ABC midseason series For the People has temporarily shut down production “for some additional script work,” according to our sister site Deadline. The delay is only expected to last about two and a half weeks and shouldn’t affect the planned rollout next year. (ABC hasn’t given For the People a premiere date yet.)
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Deadline chalks the delay up to the recent recasting of two key roles: Britt Robertson (Girlboss, Life Unexpected) took over
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me: Amazon Studios has put in development Cleopatra, a drama series about the famous Egyptian queen. The project hails from the Black Sails trio of co-creators/executive producers Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine and executive producer Dan Shotz. Written by Levine, Cleopatra is described as a revisionist take on one of history’s most misunderstood women, The Godfather in Ancient Egypt. After nearly losing her life in a bloody coup, Cleopatra must use her natural wit and political genius to take back her throne and restore honor to her family and kingdom. In addition to writing, Levine is executive producing alongside Steinberg and Shotz of Quaker Moving Pictures and Mary Beth Basile (Life Unexpected) of Basile Ring Entertainment.
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Britt Robertson will now star in the upcoming Shondaland drama For the People, replacing Britne Oldford, our sister site Deadline is reporting. Robertson will play the lead role of Sandra, a fiercely independent public defender who was driven to become a lawyer after her family suffered a grave injustice. (Oldford played Sandra in the original pilot.)
People, centering on a group of young lawyers working on both sides of the courtroom, is slated to debut at midseason,
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History nerds, rejoice: Amazon Studios is developing a drama about Egypt’s most famous queen, Cleopatra. Described as a revisionist take “on one of history’s most misunderstood women,” “Cleopatra” takes place after its titular character nearly dies in a bloody coup. Deadline summarizes, “Cleopatra must use her natural wit and political genius to take back her throne and restore honor to her family and kingdom.”
The series hails from “Black Sails” creators Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine and executive producer Dan Shotz. Mary Beth Basile (“Life Unexpected”) is among the project’s other EPs.
Cleopatra was born around 69 B.C. and killed herself in 30 B.C. The most famous onscreen depiction of the ruler is 1963’s “Cleopatra,” an Oscar-winning biopic starring Elizabeth Taylor.
Amazon’s current slate of series includes “Transparent” and “I Love Dick,” both from Jill Soloway, and Tig Notaro and Diablo Cody’s “One Mississippi.”
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Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson is heading to the small screen. The Hollywood Reporter writes that she’ll star in Hulu’s “The Way I Am,” a semi-autobiographical series she co-created with “Casual” showrunner Liz Tigelaar. The half-hour single-camera comedy shares its name with one of Michaelson’s highest-charting singles.
Michaelson has previous acting experience. She studied theater at Binghamton University, where she was a member of “a theater repertory company and the Pappy Parker Players, an improv comedy group,” THR writes. She started playing piano when she was just four years old, and released her debut album in 2005.
The project has secured a script commitment following “a competitive situation with multiple outlets bidding,” THR reports. Tigelaar will pen the script. She’ll also serve as executive producer alongside Michaelson and Lynn Grossman.
“I believe in myself and I’m very supportive of my female friends and artists, Michaelson has said. “When I first started, there were definitely people who said I shouldn’t wear my glasses. But I hate contacts. I’m not getting Lasik and I’m pretty blind, so I’m wear my glasses. My mother wore her glasses never did her nails or made up her hair. I’ve never called myself a feminist; I just was one since birth,” she observed. She added, “If you love yourself and respect yourself and you’re proud of yourself and you’re a woman, you’re a feminist. There’s a sliding scale of feminism whether you’re extremely vocal about it or not. I think you can be quietly feminist and have your own core strength. To each her own.”
Tigelaar created the CW family drama “Life Unexpected.” She’s written for series such as “Once Upon a Time,” “Revenge,” and “Brothers & Sisters.” Tiglaar has a TV adaptation of Jami Attenberg’s 2012 novel “The Middlesteins” in the works at Showtime.
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Actually, when we first meet Sophia, the ladder doesn’t even exist.
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Girlboss — which drops on the streaming site Friday — is loosely based on the life of Sophia Amoruso, who founded the fashion brand Nasty Gal after first building an empire on eBay, where she resold vintage clothing that she bought for very little.
Yeah, we kinda doubt that, based on what we see in the Netflix series’ new trailer, which was released Monday. But she’s certainly on her way.
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— Girlboss (@girlbossnetflix) April 3, 2017
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The upcoming dramedy, which launches April 21, follows Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, who turned her travails
Under the multi-year pact, Appleby — who stars in Lifetime’s “UnReal,” which hails from A+E Studios — will develop, create and produce original programming for both the A+E portfolio of network and other buyers. All projects created under the deal will be produced by Appleby’s banner, Appletree Pictures.
Along with the deal, Appleby will also serve as a brand ambassador for A+E Studios and Lifetime, representing the brands are various events throughout the year.
“Shiri is a phenomenal talent, and working closely with her on ‘UnREAL’ has been both a personal and professional highlight. I look forward to bringing her distinct voice to new projects at A+E Studios,” said Erica Bello, vice president of creative affairs at A+E Studios.
Appleby commented, “I’m so grateful to A+E Studios for this incredible opportunity and can
Anne, the streaming video site’s adaptation of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables novel, will premiere on Friday, May 12, Netflix announced Wednesday.
Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) will serve as writer and showrunner of Anne‘s eight-episode first season, in which a 13-year-old redhead orphan named Anne is sent to live with an elderly woman and her brother in 1890. The series will expand on the original concept by dealing with issues of sexism, bullying and prejudice, among others.
In other premiere news, Girlboss, a comedy
The network is teaming with exec producer Ryan Seacrest for a comedy starring the Cristela alum and stand-up comedian, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The comedy, which is in development, revolves around a commitment-phobe bachelor who reconnects with his friend who has just broken up with the woman he has been with since preschool. Iglesias is attached to star.
The comedy hails from CBS Television Studios and will be written by Taylor Hamra (Nashville, Dallas, Life Unexpected). Seacrest will exec produce alongside his Ryan Seacrest Productions' Nina Wass and...
The Walking Dead‘s Alexandra Breckenridge is joining the NBC comedy as Sophie, one of Kate’s childhood pals, TVLine has learned exclusively.
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Breckenridge will recur on the family drama, which airs its fall finale Tuesday at 9/8c. No word on whether Sophie’s re-entry into Kate’s life will affect her recent decision to undergo weight-loss surgery.
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Jane the Virgin in turn marked its own season highs, up 20 and 25 percent to 1.2 mil and a 0.5. All told, The CW enjoyed its most-watched Monday night since Jan. 18, 2010 (when One Tree Hill/Life Unexpected averaged 2.5 mil), and its highest-rated one in five years.
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Stepping behind the camera, the actress helmed the season-two episode “Casualty,” making her prime-time directorial debut. But this wasn’t merely a vanity project to appease a network star. For Appleby, it’s a next step in her career that she’s been working toward ever since the CW series Life Unexpected was canceled in 2011.
Still most famous for playing Liz Parker on Roswell at the time, Appleby was ready to take more control over her career. “I started feeling like I was capable of doing more than just acting,” she tells Et
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In a recurring bit sprinkled throughout this week’s Lethal Weapon, Murtaugh and Riggs bicker about how best to describe their partnership. Are they surf and turf? Ham and pineapple? Chips and salsa? Tango and Cash? Starsky and Hutch?
Likewise, I spend a lot of the hour wondering the best way to describe this odd show to people who haven’t seen it. Action with heart? Comedy with action? Completely unbelievable stunts interspersed among fun-but-forgettable police cases? One man’s desperate cry for help flecked with one-liners
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