7 items from 2017
Awkward alum Wesam Keesh has joined the series-regular cast of ABC's legal drama pilot from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland and ABC Studios. Set in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, aka "The Mother Court," the legal drama follows brand-new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country – all as their personal lives intersect. The project is written by Scandal's… »
Jessica Lu (Awkward) and Heroes alum Sendhil Ramamurthy have landed series-regular roles opposite Sarah Shahi in NBC's drama pilot Reverie, from the Extant team of creator Mickey Fisher and Amblin TV. Penned by Fisher, Reverie is described is a thriller about Mara (Shahi), a former detective specializing in human behavior who is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences. Lu will play Alexis Barrett, who has… »
Like it or lump it, Valentine’s Day is upon us – and there’s Love in the air.
And we’re not talking about the sickeningly sentimental, schmaltzy kind that’s no doubt populating your various social feeds; instead, we’re referring to the Netflix original series that struck a chord with subscribers last year with a refreshingly frank, down-to-earth look at romance in the 21st century. Told through the lens of Mickey and Gus – Community‘s Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust, respectively – Love chronicles the unlikely romance that blossoms when a self-confessed sex addict (Mickey) crosses paths with an aspiring screenwriter named Gus. It’s a dynamic that brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘it’s complicated’ and up above you’ll find the very first trailer for Love season 2, which arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day.
For more, here’s the logline: “It’s worth a shot. »
- Michael Briers
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Two TV heartthrobs are about to go on trial.
Nico Tortorella (Younger) and Myko Olivier (Glee) have been cast to play killer brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez, respectively, in Lifetime’s upcoming movie about the infamous ’90s murder trial, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Also, American Crime veteran Benito Martinez has been cast as the boys’ father (and victim) José Menendez. (Courtney Love was previously cast as mom Kitty.)
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The murder trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez, accused of killing their parents in the family’s Beverly Hills home »
Lifetime has found the brothers for the upcoming Menendez TV movie, which will tell the story about the siblings who famously killed their parents.
“Younger” star Nico Tortorella will play Lyle Menendez and “Glee” alum Myko Olivier will play Erik Menendez. “American Crime’s” Benito Martinez has been cast as their father, Jose Menendez, who was accused of sexually abusing his sons throughout the case.
Based on the true story, the movie’s focus will reveal the extreme abuse the brothers endured at their father’s hands, while their mother looked the other way.
The project is the latest in the Menendez craze — the most recent trend to hit big in »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The team that will bring high-profile original content to Facebook just announced a significant hire. Mina Lefevre, who spent more than three years at MTV and most recently served as the network’s Evp and head of scripted development, will become the head of development at Facebook.
At Facebook, Lefevre will help assemble the lineup that will make Facebook’s new video tab into an attractive destination with viewers. While the social media platform has offered few details on the sort of original content it plans to distribute, we do know the plan is to offer a mix of short- and long-form offerings. Lefevre will report to Ricky Van Veen, the former CollegeHumor exec who became Facebook’s head of global creative strategy in June 2016.
At MTV, Lefevre was instrumental in bringing shows like Awkward, The Shannara Chronicles, and Sweet/Vicious to the airwaves. I have always been drawn to »
- Sam Gutelle
7 items from 2017
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