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The Hunt For The Next ‘Schitt’s Creek’: Canadian Scheme Identifies TV Series To Help Find Success In U.S.

The Hunt For The Next ‘Schitt’s Creek’: Canadian Scheme Identifies TV Series To Help Find Success In U.S.
Exclusive: Schitt’s Creek has become the show to emulate when it comes to Canadian producers looking to find success outside of the Great White North.

Starting as a small comedy on Canadian public broadcaster, it has become a huge hit in the U.S. and around the world after launching on Pop TV and subsequently Netflix and stands a good chance at this weekend’s Emmys. It is one of a handful of Canadian shows, along with the likes of Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol, to become as successful as any comedy south of the border.

Now, a government-backed scheme has identified six Canadian producers with projects that they hope to replicate this success.

The Canadian Creative Accelerator, which is backed by the Trade Commissioner Service of the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles and the Government of Quebec, has highlighted six shows that will receive help and money to break out in the States.
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The 100 Season 7 Episode 7 Review: The Queen's Gambit

The 100 Season 7 Episode 7 Review: The Queen's Gambit
When is it too late to have specific conversations?

The 100 brings that question our way while also making us wonder about the communication it is trying to have with its audience.

During The 100 Season 7 Episode 7, Gabriel and the others allow themselves to join the cult in Bardo. Gabriel gets to help code-break while the others are presumably disciples now.

Meanwhile, Emori was trying to unite the people in Sanctum while Sheidheda had a plan to tear them apart. Murphy and Nelson were the pawns stuck in the middle of the Sanctum chessboard, and Emori's life is now on the line.

Last but not least, Clarke and the others arrived in Bardo only to find out that Bellamy "died." And somewhere more suspicious, Anders woke up The Shepherd, who turned out to be Cadogan.

"The Queen's Gambit," written by Miranda Kwok, forced characters into impossible places where they ended up
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Elodie Yung Joins Fox Drama Pilot ‘The Cleaning Lady’ in Recasting

Elodie Yung Joins Fox Drama Pilot ‘The Cleaning Lady’ in Recasting
Elodie Yung has joined the cast of Fox’s drama pilot “The Cleaning Lady,” TheWrap has learned.

The “Daredevil” alum will star as Reyna Salonga in the drama, an adaptation of the Argentinean series of the same name. She will take over for Shannyn Sossamon, who was originally cast in the pilot earlier this year.

The series is described as “a darkly aspirational character drama about a whip-smart doctor who comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her ailing son. But when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she refuses to be beaten down and marginalized. Instead, she becomes a cleaning lady for the mob and starts playing the game by her own rules.”

Also Read: 'Daredevil' Creator Drew Goddard Signs Overall Deal at 20th Century Fox TV

Yung’s character Reyna is “a whip-smart Cambodian doctor” who moves from the Philippines to the U.
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Élodie Yung To Headline Fox Drama Pilot ‘The Cleaning Lady’

Élodie Yung To Headline Fox Drama Pilot ‘The Cleaning Lady’
Exclusive: Daredevil and The Defenders alumna Élodie Yung has been tapped as the lead of Fox’s drama pilot The Cleaning Lady in a recasting.

In the pilot, written by Miranda Kwok and to be directed by Michael Offer, she replaces Shannyn Sossamon, who originally was cast in the title role, Reyna Salonga. She exited after the pilot’s table read just a couple of days before all pilot production was grounded over the coronavirus pandemic.

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Yung’s casting is an indication that Fox intends to film The Cleaning Lady, which I hear currently is the plan for all of the network’s four drama and two comedy pilots, one of which has been partially shot.

With Yung on board,
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Shannyn Sossamon Exits ‘The Cleaning Lady’; Lead Of Fox Drama Pilot Is Being Recast

Shannyn Sossamon Exits ‘The Cleaning Lady’; Lead Of Fox Drama Pilot Is Being Recast
Exclusive: Fox and Warner Bros. TV are recasting the lead of drama pilot The Cleaning Lady. The decision was made after the project’s table read, I hear.

Shannyn Sossamon, who had been originally cast in the title role, is leaving as the character is being tweaked. Search is underway for a replacement The Cleaning Lady, based on the Argentinian series, is filming in New Mexico.

Recastings are unfortunate but inevitable part of broadcast pilot season. Because of the compressed time frame and stiff competition from streaming, a large portion of the more prominent roles are being cast via straight offers without testing, so the table reads provide the first glimpse of the entire cast in character and their chemistry,

Last season, another Fox/Wbtv drama pilot, Prodigal Son, recast its title role after the table read. The pilot went to series and became the top freshman show this season.
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Ginger Gonzaga Joins ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Fox Drama Pilot

Ginger Gonzaga Joins ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Fox Drama Pilot
Ginger Gonzaga is set as a series regular opposite Shannyn Sossamon in The Cleaning Lady, Fox’s drama pilot based on the Argentinian series, from Miranda Kwok, Melissa Carter, Shay Mitchell’s Amore & Vita Productions, Warner Bros TV and Fox Entertainment.

Written by Kwok and directed by Michael Offer, The Cleaning Lady is a one-hour darkly aspirational character drama about a whip-smart Filipina doctor, Reyna Salonga (Sossamon), who comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her ailing son. But when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she refuses to be beaten down and marginalized. Instead, she becomes an on-call cleaning lady for the mob. Willing to do anything to save her son, Reyna walks the tightrope of morality, breaking the law for all the right reasons — and eventually forges her own path in the criminal underworld as
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Fox Drama Pilot ‘Cleaning Lady’ Casts Vincent Piazza

Fox Drama Pilot ‘Cleaning Lady’ Casts Vincent Piazza
Fox has cast Vincent Piazza in its upcoming drama pilot “The Cleaning Lady.”

He joins previously announced series lead Shannyn Sossamon and fellow cast member Ginger Gonzaga. Based on the Argentine series “La Chica Que Limpia,” the show follows Reyna Salonga (Sossamon), a whip-smart Filipina doctor who comes to the U.S. in hopes to get a medical treatment for her critically ill son. But when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she becomes an on-call cleaning lady for the mob. Willing to do anything to save her son, Reyna walks the tightrope of morality, breaking the law for all the right reasons — and eventually forges her own path in the criminal underworld.

Piazza will star as Gavin Ross. A recently promoted analyst, FBI Special Agent Gavin Ross is described as intelligent, compassionate and astute, always looking for new angles to see beyond the obvious and look below the surface.
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‘The Cleaning Lady’: Vincent Piazza Joins Shannyn Sossamon In Fox Drama Pilot

‘The Cleaning Lady’: Vincent Piazza Joins Shannyn Sossamon In Fox Drama Pilot
Boardwalk Empire alum Vincent Piazza is set as a lead opposite Shannyn Sossamon in The Cleaning Lady, Fox’s drama pilot based on the Argentinian series, from Miranda Kwok, Melissa Carter, Shay Mitchell’s Amore & Vita Productions, Warner Bros TV and Fox Entertainment.

Written by Kwok and directed by Michael Offer, The Cleaning Lady is a one-hour darkly aspirational character drama about a whip-smart Filipina doctor, Reyna Salonga (Sossamon), who comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her ailing son. But when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she refuses to be beaten down and marginalized. Instead, she becomes an on-call cleaning lady for the mob. Willing to do anything to save her son, Reyna walks the tightrope of morality, breaking the law for all the right reasons — and eventually forges her own path in the criminal underworld as she starts playing the game by her own rules.
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases ‘Ozark’ Season 3 Trailer

TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases ‘Ozark’ Season 3 Trailer
In today’s TV News Roundup, Netflix released the first trailer for the third season of “Ozark” and the premiere weekend of “Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan” broke ratings records on Nickelodeon.

Casting

Mike Vogel, Adam Demos and Margaret Odette have joined the cast of the upcoming Netflix dramedy series “Sex/Life.” Vogel will play the husband of series protagonist Billie (Sarah Shahi); Demos will play the music mogul heartbreak that Billie hasn’t gotten over; Odette will play Billie’s best friend who accompanies her on the dating scene of Manhattan. Additionally, an entirely female directing team will helm the series, including Patricia Rozema, Jessika Borsiczky, Samira Radsi and Sheree Folkson. “Sex/Life” is executive produced by showrunner and writer Stacy Rukeyser, as well as Jordan Hawley and Borsiczky.

Netflix has announced new series regulars for its upcoming spy thriller “In from the Cold.” Ivanna Sakhno will play a young Russian
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Shannyn Sossamon To Headline ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Fox Drama Pilot

Shannyn Sossamon To Headline ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Fox Drama Pilot
Shannyn Sossamon has been cast as the the lead in The Cleaning Lady, Fox’s drama pilot based on the Argentinian series. Sossamon will play the title character in the project, from Miranda Kwok, Melissa Carter, Shay Mitchell’s Amore & Vita Productions, Warner Bros TV and Fox Entertainment.

Written by Kwok and directed by Michael Offer, The Cleaning Lady is a one-hour darkly aspirational character drama about a whip-smart Filipina doctor, Reyna Salonga (Sossamon), who comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her ailing son. But when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she refuses to be beaten down and marginalized. Instead, she becomes an on-call cleaning lady for the mob. Willing to do anything to save her son, Reyna walks the tightrope of morality, breaking the law for all the right reasons — and eventually forges her own path
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Shannyn Sossamon to Lead Fox Drama Pilot ‘Cleaning Lady’

Shannyn Sossamon to Lead Fox Drama Pilot ‘Cleaning Lady’
Shannyn Sossamon has been cast in the lead role of the Fox drama pilot “The Cleaning Lady,” Variety has learned.

Based on the Argentine series “La Chica Que Limpia,” the show follows Reyna Salonga (Sossamon), a whip-smart Filipina doctor who comes to the U.S. in hopes to get a medical treatment for her critically ill son. But when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she becomes an on-call cleaning lady for the mob. Willing to do anything to save her son, Reyna walks the tightrope of morality, breaking the law for all the right reasons — and eventually forges her own path in the criminal underworld.

The role would mark a return to Fox for Sossamon, whose last TV roles came on the Fox shows “Wayward Pines” and “Sleepy Hollow.” She is known primarily for her film roles, having starred in movies such as “Wristcutters: A Love Story,
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‘This Country’ Comedy From Jenny Bicks & Paul Feig Inspired By BBC Series Gets Fox Pilot Order

Fox has given its first comedy greenlight this cycle, handing a pilot order to This Country, based on the BBC series, from Sex and the City writer and producer Jenny Bicks and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. The pilot is a co-production between Lionsgate, Fox Entertainment, BBC Studios and Feigco Entertainment.

Written by Bicks, This Country is a half-hour mockumentary inspired by the BBC Three scripted format, originally created by Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper. The show follows the daily lives of cousins Kelly and Shrub Mallet, who are trailed by a documentary crew who go to a small town to study young adults and their current concerns in an idiosyncratic surrounding. The show follows the pair as they pursue their dreams, confront challenges and fight each other for frozen pizza.

Bicks who wrote The Big C and The Greatest Showman, will exec produce the single-camera comedy through her Perkins Street Productions banner,
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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Alum Shay Mitchell Sets Mob Drama Pilot ‘The Cleaning Lady’ at Fox

Fox is adding a mob drama about a cleaning lady to its development slate.

The network has issued a pilot order for “The Cleaning Lady,” a one-hour drama which hails from “Pretty Little Liars,” “Dollface” and “You” star Shay Mitchell via her Amore & Vita Productions banner.

Based on the original Argentine series “La Chica Que Limpia,” the project is described as a darkly aspirational character drama about a whip-smart doctor who comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her ailing son. But when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she refuses to be beaten down and marginalized. Instead, she becomes a cleaning lady for the mob and starts playing the game by her own rules.

The original series aired for a single season in 2017 on digital platform Cine.ar Play.

Miranda Kwok, whose previous credits include “The 100” and “Spartacus: Blood and Sand
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Fox Orders Drama Pilot ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Based On Argentine Series

Fox has given its first drama greenlight this cycle, handing a pilot order to The Cleaning Lady, based on the Argentinian series, from The 100 writer Miranda Kwok, Stargirl Ep Melissa Carter, Shay Mitchell’s Amore & Vita Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The pilot is a co-pro between Warner Bros. TV and Fox Entertainment.

Written by Kwok, The Cleaning Lady is a one-hour darkly aspirational character drama about a whip-smart doctor who comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her ailing son. But when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she refuses to be beaten down and marginalized. Instead, she becomes a cleaning lady for the mob and starts playing the game by her own rules.

Kwok executive produces with Mitchell and Carter.

The Cleaning Lady is based on Argentinian format La Chica Que Limpia, which aired in 2017 on digital platform Cine.ar Play.
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Italy’s 39 Films, Argentina’s Jaque Content Join Brava Cine’s Doc Series ‘Mother Dough’

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Italy’s 39 Films and Argentina-México-u.S.-based Jaque Content are joining forces with Buenos Aires’ Brava Cine to co-produce Mercedes Cordova’s ethno-gastronomy doc series “Masa madre” (“Mother Dough”).

Developed at Brava Cine, “Mother Dough” has been selected for pitching sessions and business meetings at Ventana Sur Market’s Fiction Factory sidebar, after winning last year a development contest launched by Argentina’s Incaa film-TV agency.

In mid-November, the project snagged the Ctt Exp & Rentals Award for series in development from Los Cabos Festival’s Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund.

A four-episode series, “Mother Dough” explores the role of women through their work at home and their dough, showing the use of wheat and bread in Europe but also corn -tortillas- and arepas in North and Central America, and potatoes in the Andes.

The series reveals a strong commitment to both feminism and gastronomy, a powerful combination these days.
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Fox To Adapt Argentinian Mob Drama ‘The Cleaning Lady’ From Miranda Kwok, Melissa Carter, Shay Mitchell & Warner Bros. TV

Exclusive: Fox has given a script commitment to a U.S. adaptation of Argentinian mob drama The Cleaning Lady from The 100 writer Miranda Kwok, Stargirl Ep Melissa Carter, Shay Mitchell’s Amore & Vita Productions and Warner Bros. Television. If it moves forward, it will be a co-pro with Fox Entertainment.

Written by Kwok who is currently a supervising producer on The CW’s sci-fi drama The 100, the series follows a young Filipina doctor who comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her son, but when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she uses her cunning and intelligence to fight back. After hitting rock bottom, she crosses into a world of moral grey, cleaning crimes scenes for the Russian mob, and eventually forges her own path to power, becoming an unexpected yet formidable player in the criminal underground.

Kwok, who previously wrote on
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The 100 Season 6 Episode 8 Review: The Old Man and the Anomaly

How far will you go for the one you love?

Many had to face this question as circumstances outside of their control forced their hand in the situation.

During The 100 Season 6 Episode 8, Josephine uses Ryker, Murphy, and Emori to help her perform the surgery to free her body of Clarke. But Emori gets cold feet, teaming up with the others to help save Clarke instead.

This leaves Emori and Murphy captured, with Murphy injured. Meanwhile, Bellamy and Josephine are on the loose, headed to Gabriel so he could help save Clarke.

He does have his hands full though, with Octavia coming back healed from the Anomaly and Diyoza nowhere to be seen.

During all of this, Raven decides to help Abby make nightblood for the chance to get back Kane, who comes back in the body of newcomer Gavin.

And Madi goes full Dark Commander, where she ends up harming
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The 100 Season 5 Episode 9 Review: Sic Semper Tyrannis

The days when things were calm no longer exist, with even more chaos descending not only regarding plot but in terms of characters and their relationships as well.

"Sic Semper Tyrannis," written by Miranda Kwok, was a fast-paced episode that explored how far some relationships can get divided when peace is so close for the taking.

Choices are no longer given any time to be discussed. Instead, the execution becomes a ticking time bomb that chips away at even the most stable relationships on the show.

It is painful because now it is even more clear which priorities weigh on which person more, and the betrayal that each character experiences personal from that is hard to recover from.

The biggest hit was the core relationship of the show, with the six-year distance that managed to take a back seat now driving huge wedges and putting people in a position they
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Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Ep. 1.05: “Shadow Games” – fight as one or die as two

Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Season 1: Episode 5 – “Shadow Games”

Written by Miranda Kwok

Directed by Michael Hurst

Originally aired February 19th, 2010

Just two episodes ago, Spartacus took the time to establish what makes a legend of the arena. And while the series is not defined by any one ideal, the role of glory has certainly played a huge role thus far. When Spartacus sits with Crixus shortly before their battle with Theokoles, The Shadow of Death, Crixus is right to point out that Theokoles would bother to return to the arena for another shot at glory. Money doesn’t matter to a real gladiator; being the best and being recognized for that are the greatest rewards one can be given. It’s what Crixus strives for, as well. Knowing Spartacus’ back-story, we might think that fighting for some higher purpose, whether that be love or another thing, could be more noble.
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