EXCLUSIVE: The pilot for Last Summer, the Freeform thriller from Jessica Biel and and Michelle Purple (The Sinner, Limetown), has assembled a robust cast in series regulars roles. Michael Landes, Brooklyn Sudano, Harley Quinn Smith, Chiara Aurelia, Mika Abdalla, Froy Gutierrez, Allius Barnes, Blake Lee and Nathaniel Ashton will star in the pilot, which recently kicked off production in Texas. Written by Bert V. Royal (Easy A) and directed by Max Winkler (Jungleland), Last Summer is an unconventional thriller that takes place over three summers — 1993-95 — in a small Texas town when a beautiful popular teen, Kate (Abdalla), is abducted and, seemingly unrelated, a girl, Jeanette (Aurelia), goes from being a sweet, awkward outlier to the most popular girl in town and, by ’95, the most despised person in America. Each episode is told from the POV of one of the two main girls (Jeanette and Kate), which will have the viewers’ loyalties constantly shifting as more … [Read more...] about ‘Last Summer’: Jessica Biel-Produced Freeform Thriller Sets Michael Landes, Brooklyn Sudano, Harley Quinn Smith And 6 More As Series Regulars
A day after Fox cancelled Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the praised cop comedy series has been picked up by NBC for a 13-episode sixth season. NBC, whose sister studio Universal TV produces the Andy Samberg-starring series, was one of the potential suitors for the comedy after its cancellation. NBC also was among the broadcast networks that bid for the Brooklyn Nine-Nine pitch from creators Mike Schur and Dan Goor when it hit the marketplace in 2012 before the project landed at Fox in a very competitive situation. “Ever since we sold this show to Fox I’ve regretted letting it get away, and it’s high time it came back to its rightful home,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “Mike Schur, Dan Goor, and Andy Samberg grew up on NBC and we’re all thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and best cast comedies in a long time will take its place in our comedy line-up. I speak for everyone at NBC, here’s to the Nine-Nine!” … [Read more...] about ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Saved: NBC Picks Up Comedy After Fox Cancellation
The Twitterverse is exploding with reaction following the cancellation of cult comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Fox. Cast members, producers, and famous fans including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Seth Meyers and Mark Hamill are sharing their sadness on Brooklyn‘s ending after five seasons. Co-creator/executive producer Dan Goor thanked fans for their “incredible outpouring of support.” Cast member Melissa Fumero said she is “still processing” the news, “don’t have all the words.. but.. These last 5 years have been incredible,” she wrote. Co-star Stephanie Beatriz paid tribute to the show’s fans. “Squad, we love you… Your sadness is noted,” Beatriz wrote. Seth Meyers tweeted his sadness over both Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Last Man on Earth being axed, writing “News on @Brooklyn99FOX and @LastManFOX is a double gut punch. Two great shows with hilarious writing and terrific ensembles.” Mark Hamill screamed on … [Read more...] about ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Cast & Producers, Lin-Manuel, Seth Meyers, Mark Hamill React To Cancellation
It’s the end of the road at Fox for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the network’s cult cop comedy starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, which was the only remaining Fox comedy series from an outside studio, Universal TV. Brooklyn Nine-Nine also was the highest-rated live-action comedy series on Fox this season with a 1.3 adults 18-49 Live+7 rating, edging LA to Vegas, The Last Man On Earth and The Mick (all at 1.2). Negotiations with Universal TV went down to the wire last year, with the comedy able to clinch a Season 4 renewal. It didn’t happen this time. The network today also canceled The Last Man on Earth and The Mick. Brooklyn Nine-Nine debuted to decent ratings in September 2013, then quickly scored a Season 2 renewal and a post-Super Bowl slot for its freshman run which also garnered two Golden Globe awards — for Best TV Series – Comedy or Musical and best actor in a comedy for SNL vet and Lonely Islander Samberg. Related Story … [Read more...] about ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Canceled By Fox After 5 Seasons
According to star Jamie Foxx, the upcoming movie Just Mercy has the scent of authenticity. Let us explain. Foxx portrays real-life character Walter McMillian, who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a white woman in Monroeville, AL. He was released in 1993 after spending six years on death row. Michael B. Jordan plays his attorney Bryan Stevenson on the Christmas Day release. Rob Morgan played fellow inmate and PTSD sufferer Herbert Richardson. During the Warner Bros panel at today’s The Contenders L.A., Foxx credited co-star Rob Morgan with smelling just right for his character. Fox and Morgan were joined on the panel by supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer Onnalee Blank. Related Story 'Joker' Review: Joaquin Phoenix Kills It In Dark, Timely DC Origin Movie That Is No Laughing Matter - Venice Film Festival Foxx waxed eloquent about Morgan’s performance and the connection between their two characters. Then he went off … [Read more...] about Finding Humor in Making Dark Movies: Warner Bros’ ‘Just Mercy,’ ‘Motherless Brooklyn,’ ‘Joker’- The Contenders L.A.