Grease, Rush Hour, Telenovela, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on NBC and Netflix.
Rush Hour (CBS)
The Rush Hour TV series is planned as an hourlong action-comedy. Lawrence and Blake McCormick are writing the script, with the latter also serving as showrunner.
Minority Report (Fox)
Mark Mylod…will direct the project, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Godzilla writer Max Borenstein, which is based on the 2002 movie directed by Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise.
Grease: Live (NBC)
Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) will star in Grease: Live…Hough will play the angelic “Sandy” – Rydell High’s most talked-about newcomer – and Hudgens as iconic bad girl “Rizzo.”
Showing Roots (History Channel)
Set in a small Southern town circa 1977, the film stars Taken’s Maggie Grace as Violet and Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba as Pearl, two women who work in a local beauty parlor. They see the town’s balance turned upside down when the slavery miniseries Roots hits the airwaves and are inspired to integrate their community, only to see pent-up racial tensions erupt in the process.
Adam Brody will play Bud, an engineer who comes to town to fix a local bridge. Downton Abbey’s Elizabeth McGovern has been cast as Shirley, the beauty shop’s owner.
Cicely Tyson…will play Hattie, Pearl’s grandmother. Michael Wilson, who directed her to a 2013 Tony Award for the Broadway revival of The Trip To Bountiful.
Michael Wilson is directing from a script by One Life To Live actress Susan Batten.
Criminal Minds spin-off (CBS)
Gary Sinise is back in CBS’ procedural fold as…the network’s Criminal Minds planted offshoot.
The proposed spinoff…was written by Criminal Minds executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer.
Like Criminal Minds, which centers on the FBI’s Analysis Unit, the spinoff focuses on a division of the FBI. It follows FBI agents helping American citizens who find themselves in trouble abroad. Sinise will play their boss, Jack Garrett, a 20-year veteran of the Bureau, who is currently in charge of the FBI’s top team for handling cases involving Americans abroad.
Heroes Reborn (NBC)
Zachary Levi is set to co-star on NBC’s Heroes Reborn miniseries. He joins original Heroes cast member Jack Coleman, who is reprising his role.
Will Arnett…has landed a new comedy series, “Flaked,” with Netflix.
In addition to starring in the series, Arnett co-created and co-wrote it with Mark Chappell (“The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret”)
Set in Venice, Califonia, the series is described as “the serio-comic story of a self-appointed ‘guru’ who falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination. Soon the tangled web of half-truths and semi-bullshit that underpins his all-important image and sobriety begins to unravel.”
Arnett will star as Chip, a man doing his honest best to stay one step ahead of his own lies.
Added Netflix’s vice president of original content Cindy Holland, “We are thrilled to be the home of Will Arnett’s next series, and look forward to Chip joining his repertoire alongside such diverse and inspirational characters such as Gob, Bojack, and Batman.”
Eva Longoria would star in a 13-episode series called Telenovela.
Longoria will produce and star as a beautiful diva and star of a popular telenovela.
Longoria will star as Ana Maria, star of Latin America’s most beloved telenovela, who strives to stay on top in a world where the drama on-camera is nothing compared with what’s happening offscreen.
Greenblatt told THR after the session that the series, which marks Longoria’s return to primetime as a series regular following a recent guest arc on Fox’s Universal Television-produced Brooklyn Nine-Nine, will likely bow in the fall.
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