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TV News Roundup: Netflix Announces ‘Social Distance’ Premiere Date (Watch)

TV News Roundup: Netflix Announces ‘Social Distance’ Premiere Date (Watch)
In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix has announced the premiere date for “Social Distance,” and Showtime has revealed the premiere date for “Moonbase 8.”

Renewals

Shaftesbury announced “Departure” has been renewed for a second season and started production in Toronto, ahead of the first season launching on Peacock in the U.S. Archie Panjabi and Christopher Plummer will return to lead the show, joined by Kris Holden-Ried, Mark Rendall, Jason O’Mara, Karen Leblanc, Kelly McCormack, Wendy Crewson, Dion Johnstone and Donal Logue. The show is co-produced by Shaftesbury and Deadpan Pictures in association with Corus Entertainment, Starlings Television and Red Arrow Studios International.

Dates

Showtime announced “Moonbase 8,” starring Tim Heidecker and John C. Reilly, will premiere Nov. 8 at 11 p.m. The sci-fi comedy follows astronauts who train to qualify for their first lunar mission. But their plans change when a series of events forces the astronauts to question their mental sanity.
See full article at Variety »

Showtime Buys UK/Australian Dark Comedy ‘The End’ Starring Harriet Walter & Frances O’Connor

Showtime Buys UK/Australian Dark Comedy ‘The End’ Starring Harriet Walter & Frances O’Connor
The End, the British/Australian dark comedy drama starring The Crown and Succession star Harriet Walter and Mansfield Park’s Frances O’Connor, is heading to Showtime.

The ViacomCBS-owned network has acquired the 10-episode first season of the drama, which is produced by Top of the Lake producer See-Saw Films and was a co-production between Sky and Australia’s Foxtel. Endeavor Content handled the U.S. deal.

O’Connor plays Dr Kate Brennan, an Australian-based specialist in palliative care. Euthanasia is a hot-button topic in Kate’s field of work and she is passionate in her opposition. On the other side of the world, Kate’s mother Edie Henley, played by Walter, feels just as strongly about her right to die. Kate has little choice but to ship Edie out from England and deposit her in a nearby retirement village in the Gold Coast – Edie’s worst nightmare. While Kate struggles with her own problems,
See full article at Deadline »

Hulu’s ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ gets underway in Byron Bay

Hulu’s ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ gets underway in Byron Bay
Bobby Cannavale, Michael Shannon and Regina Hall are the latest additions to the cast of the Hulu-commissioned series Nine Perfect Strangers, which started shooting in Byron Bay today.

American Jonathan Levine is directing all eight episodes of the drama based on the Liane Moriarty novel, produced by Made Up Stories’ Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Jodi Matterson and Blossom Films’ Nicole Kidman and Per Saari.

As If reported, the production will inject more than $100 million into the state’s economy.

In pre-production Kidman and her core creative team set up an isolated production hub under police-supervised quarantine at her Southern Highlands property.

The series is set at a boutique health-and-wellness resort where nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during the 10-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (Kidman).

Cast as the nine strangers are Cannavale,
See full article at IF.com.au »

Bobby Cannavale Joins ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Hulu Limited Series

Bobby Cannavale Joins ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Hulu Limited Series
Bobby Cannavale is set as a series regular opposite Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy in Hulu’s tentpole limited series Nine Perfect Strangers. Based on Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s latest book, the project is from David E. Kelley, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories, Kidman’s Blossom Films and Endeavor Content.

Co-written by Kelley, John Henry Butterworth and Samantha Strauss and co-showrun by Kelley and Butterworth, Nine Perfect Strangers the series takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this 10-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (played by Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies.

Cannavale will play Tony, the ninth “perfect” stranger.

Michael Shannon, Regina Hall, Manny Jacinto, Tiffany Boone, Luke Evans, Melvin Gregg,
See full article at Deadline »

Regina Hall Boards ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Hulu Limited Series

Regina Hall Boards ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Hulu Limited Series
Exclusive: We have learned that Regina Hall has joined the cast of Hulu’s tentpole limited series Nine Perfect Strangers based on Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s latest book. The series is eyeing a 2021 debut.

Hall will play Carmel one of the nine perfect strangers. The Girls Trip and The Hate U Give star joins the previously announced cast of Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Manny Jacinto, Tiffany Boone, Luke Evans, Melvin Gregg, Grace Van Patten and Samara Weaving in the project from David E. Kelley Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories, Kidman’s Blossom Films and Endeavor Content.

Co-written by Kelley, John Henry Butterworth and Samantha Strauss and co-showrun by Kelley and Butterworth, Nine Perfect Strangers takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching
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Screen Australia puts development funding towards more than 40 projects

Screen Australia puts development funding towards more than 40 projects
Toni Collette.

Toni Collette’s directorial debut, an animated series based on The Sapphires and a Shakespeare-inspired anthology are among the 42 projects to recently share in $1.4 million of development funding from Screen Australia.

The slate, which includes 14 features, eight online projects and 20 TV dramas, marks the final development funding Screen Australia awarded in the 2019-20 financial year.

These projects come from both the existing Premium and Generate development funds. Generate Fund is for lower budget projects with an emphasis on new and emerging talent, or experienced talent wanting to take creative risks. The Premium Fund is for higher budget projects of ambition and scale from successful screen content makers.

The agency reports receiving over 534 applications across both funds, up 41 per cent on the 378 application received in 2018-19.

Screen Australia’s Head of Development Nerida Moore said, “While this has been a turbulent, challenging time for many in the industry, it hasn’t stopped the drive,
See full article at IF.com.au »

Michael Shannon Joins ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Hulu Limited Series

Michael Shannon Joins ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Hulu Limited Series
Exclusive: Michael Shannon is set as a lead opposite Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy in Hulu’s tentpole limited series Nine Perfect Strangers. Based on Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s latest book, the project is from David E. Kelley, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories, Kidman’s Blossom Films and Endeavor Content.

Co-written by Kelley, John Henry Butterworth and Samantha Strauss and co-showrun by Kelley and Butterworth, Nine Perfect Strangers the series takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this ten-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (played by Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies.

Shannon will play Napoleon, one of the nine “perfect” strangers. In the book, Heather (Asher Keddie) and Napoleon are
See full article at Deadline »

‘Nine Perfect Strangers’: Jonathan Levine To Direct Hulu Limited Series

‘Nine Perfect Strangers’: Jonathan Levine To Direct Hulu Limited Series
Warm Bodies helmer Jonathan Levine is set to direct all eight episodes of Hulu’s anticipated tentpole limited series Nine Perfect Strangers, starring Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Samara Weaving, Luke Evans, Melvin Gregg, Grace Van Patten and Tiffany Boone. Levine also will executive produce the series, based on Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s book. The project hails from David E. Kelley, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories, Kidman’s Blossom Films and Endeavor Content.

Co-written by Kelley, John Henry Butterworth and Samantha Strauss and co-showrun by Kelley and Butterworth, Nine Perfect Strangers takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this 10-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies.

Levine will executive produce alongside Papandrea,
See full article at Deadline »

Hulu’s ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Series Enlists Jonathan Levine to Direct

Hulu’s ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Series Enlists Jonathan Levine to Direct
Jonathan Levine has signed on to direct all eight episodes of the upcoming Hulu series adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s “Nine Perfect Strangers.”

Levine will also executive produce the series, which features an all-star cast including Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Samara Weaving, Luke Evans, Melvin Gregg, Grace Van Patten, and Tiffany Boone.

Levine most recently directed the feature comedy “Long Shot” starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen. His other film directing credits include “Warm Bodies,” “The Wackness,” “50/50,” and “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.” He also wrote “The Wackness” in addition to directing.

He is repped by CAA and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.

Bruna Papandrea will also executive produce “Nine Perfect Strangers” via Made Up Stories. She and Levine previously worked together on “Warm Bodies.” Steve Hutensky and Jodi Matterson will also executive produce for Made Up Stories. Kidman and Per Saari will executive produce for Blossom Films.
See full article at Variety »

‘Hunters’ star joins ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ as Adg asked in vain for attachment

‘Hunters’ star joins ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ as Adg asked in vain for attachment
Tiffany Boone with ‘Hunters’ co-star Al Pacino.

Tiffany Boone, who plays Nazi hunter Roxy Jones opposite Al Pacino, Logan Lerman and Kate Mulvany in the Amazon series Hunters, has been added to the cast of Nine Perfect Strangers, which starts shooting in Byron Bay on August 10.

Meanwhile the Australian Directors’ Guild asked the producers of the Hulu commissioned series, Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films and Made Up Stories, for an Australian director to be attached to the production.

The producers turned down the request, citing Covid-19 restrictions, Adg executive director Diana Burnett tells If. The international director has not been named.

So Burnett has asked for Screen Australia’s support in inserting a provision in the Location Offset rules stipulating there must be an Australian director attachment on all projects which receive the incentive. “This is necessary for the upskilling of Australian talent,” Burnett says.

Based on Liane Moriarty’s novel,
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Hulu’s ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Adaptation Adds Tiffany Boone

Hulu’s ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Adaptation Adds Tiffany Boone
Hulu’s “Nine Perfect Strangers” limited series has added “Hunters” star Tiffany Boone in a leading role, TheWrap has learned.

Based on the Liane Moriarty novel of the same name, “Nine Perfect Strangers” stars Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy. The series takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living, per Hulu. Watching over them during this ten-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (played by Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies. However, these nine “perfect” strangers have no idea what is about to hit them. McCarthy will play the role of Francis, one of the nine “perfect” strangers.

Boone will play Delilah, an employee of the wellness resort, Tranquillum. Along with Kidman and McCarthy, Boone joins a cast that includes Samara Weaving,
See full article at The Wrap »

Tiffany Boone Joins ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Hulu Limited Series

Tiffany Boone Joins ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Hulu Limited Series
Exclusive: Hunters star Tiffany Boone is set as a lead opposite Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy in Hulu’s tentpole limited series Nine Perfect Strangers. Based on Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s latest book, the project is from David E. Kelley, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories, Kidman’s Blossom Films and Endeavor Content.

Co-written by Kelley, John Henry Butterworth and Samantha Strauss and co-showrun by Kelley and Butterworth, Nine Perfect Strangers the series takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this ten-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (played by Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies.

Boone will play Delilah, an employee of the wellness resort, Tranquillum. In addition to Kidman and McCarthy,
See full article at Deadline »

Grace Van Patten Joins ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Hulu Limited Series

Grace Van Patten Joins ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Hulu Limited Series
Exclusive: Grace Van Patten is set as a lead opposite Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy in Hulu’s tentpole limited series Nine Perfect Strangers, based on Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s latest book, from David E. Kelley, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories, Kidman’s Blossom Films and Endeavor Content.

Co-written by Kelley, John Henry Butterworth and Samantha Strauss and co-showrun by Kelley and Butterworth, Nine Perfect Strangers the series takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this ten-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (played by Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies.

Van Patten will play Zoe, one of the nine “perfect” strangers. In addition to Kidman and McCarthy, Weaving joins previously cast Luke Evans,
See full article at Deadline »

Nsw shoot for ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ confirmed, spending more than $100 million

Nsw shoot for ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ confirmed, spending more than $100 million
Liane Moriarty.

In a coup for Nsw, Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films and Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories will shoot Nine Perfect Strangers, a Hulu-commissioned series based on Liane Moriarty’s novel, in the the Northern Rivers, injecting more than $100 million into the state’s economy.

Shooting will start on August 10 and Kidman and her core creative team have established an isolated production hub under police-supervised quarantine at her Southern Highlands property so pre-production can continue remotely.

As If reported, filming in Nsw was contingent on Border Force Australia granting exemptions on travel restrictions to Kidman’s co-stars including Melissa McCarthy, Luke Evans, Manny Jacinto and Melvin Gregg, and other key creatives.

Samara Weaving, Asher Keddie and Grace Van Patten have joined the cast. All hotel, medical and security costs will be borne by the production.

Following discussions with the Federal Government, Screen Nsw and the Nsw health authorities,
See full article at IF.com.au »

Samara Weaving Joins ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Hulu Limited Series

Samara Weaving Joins ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Hulu Limited Series
Exclusive: Samara Weaving (Hollywood) is set as a lead opposite Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy in Hulu’s tentpole limited series Nine Perfect Strangers, based on Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s latest book, from David E. Kelley, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories, Kidman’s Blossom Films and Endeavor Content.

Co-written by Kelley, John Henry Butterworth and Samantha Strauss and co-showrun by Kelley and Butterworth, Nine Perfect Strangers the series takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this ten-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (played by Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies.

Weaving will play Jessica, one of the nine “perfect” strangers. In addition to Kidman and McCarthy, Weaving joins previously cast Luke Evans and Melvin Gregg.
See full article at Deadline »

Blossom Films, Made Up Stories aim to film ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ in Nsw

Blossom Films, Made Up Stories aim to film ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ in Nsw
Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films and Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories are hoping to shoot Nine Perfect Strangers, a Hulu-commissioned series based on Liane Moriarty’s latest novel, in northern Nsw.

That is contingent on Border Force granting exemptions on travel restrictions to Kidman’s co-stars including Melissa McCarthy, Luke Evans, Manny Jacinto and Melvin Gregg, plus other key creatives.

There is a production office in Byron Bay and a shoot of at least 20 weeks, which would employ a large number of Australian crew and some supporting actors, is planned – pending Border Force’s approval on visas. It’s believed a lot of the crew will be sourced from Melbourne, which is in lockdown for six weeks.

Variety broke the news of the Australian shoot in an interview with Evans, who said: “We all have to be quarantined in a hotel room. I can’t see anyone for two weeks.
See full article at IF.com.au »

Melvin Gregg Joins ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Hulu Limited Series

Melvin Gregg Joins ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Hulu Limited Series
Exclusive: Snowfall‘s Melvin Gregg is set as a series regular opposite Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy in Hulu’s tentpole limited series Nine Perfect Strangers, based on Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s latest book, from David E. Kelley, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories, Kidman’s Blossom Films – all key auspices behind HBO’s hit Big Little Lies adaptation — and Endeavor Content.

Co-written by Kelley, John Henry Butterworth and Samantha Strauss and co-showrun by Kelley and Butterworth, Nine Perfect Strangers the series takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this ten-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (played by Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies.

Gregg will play Ben, one of the nine “perfect” strangers.
See full article at Deadline »

Luke Evans Joins ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Hulu Limited Series

Luke Evans Joins ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Hulu Limited Series
Exclusive: Luke Evans is set to star opposite Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy in Hulu’s tentpole limited series Nine Perfect Strangers, based on Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s latest book, from David E. Kelley, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories, Kidman’s Blossom Films – all key auspices behind HBO’s hit Big Little Lies adaptation — and Endeavor Content.

Co-written by Kelley, John Henry Butterworth and Samantha Strauss and co-showrun by Kelley and Butterworth, Nine Perfect Strangers the series takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this ten-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (played by Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies.

Evans will play Lars, one of the nine “perfect” strangers. In addition to Kidman and McCarthy,
See full article at Deadline »

TVLine Items: Good Place Alum Joins Hulu Series, Y&r Vet to Days and More

TVLine Items: Good Place Alum Joins Hulu Series, Y&r Vet to Days and More
The Good Place vet Manny Jacinto will be spending some quality time with Nicole Kidman in Hulu’s forthcoming limited series Nine Perfect Strangers.

Per our sister site Deadline, Jacinto has joined the star-studded cast, which also includes Melissa McCarthy. The drama, based on Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s book, is set at a boutique health-and-wellness resort, where nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Jacinto will play Yao, a man-kid with a hipster vibe who has a life-and-death encounter with the resort’s director, Masha (Kidman), after which he becomes her right-hand man.
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‘Nine Perfect Strangers’: Manny Jacinto Joins Nicole Kidman & Melissa McCarthy In Hulu Limited Series

‘Nine Perfect Strangers’: Manny Jacinto Joins Nicole Kidman & Melissa McCarthy In Hulu Limited Series
Exclusive: The Good Place alum Manny Jacinto is set to star opposite Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy in Hulu’s tentpole limited series Nine Perfect Strangers, based on Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s latest book, from David E. Kelley, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories, Kidman’s Blossom Films – all key auspices behind HBO’s hit Big Little Lies adaptation — and Endeavor Content.

Co-written by Kelley, John Henry Butterworth and Samantha Strauss and co-showrun by Kelley and Butterworth, Nine Perfect Strangers the series takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this ten-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (played by Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies.

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Jacinto will play Yao,
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