Halcyon Studios has brought on Phil Abraham to direct and executive produce the series “Beverly Hills Noir,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Halcyon, a division of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, is producing the show, which is based on “Gemstone” by James Ellroy. Per the official logline, the show “follows two female detectives as they are sucked into the vortex of power, greed, and cold-blooded conspiracy in one of the most aspirational cities in the world, Beverly Hills.”(Read more)
With less than a month to go until Amazon & David Weil's Hunters gets unleashed across our streaming screens on January 13th, it feels like the holiday season is just the right festive time to get reacquainted with the team. In what looks to be the first in a series of mini-teasers reintroducing us to Logan Lerman's Jonah Heidelbaum, Jerrika Hinton's Millie Morris, Josh Radnor's Lonny Flash, Tiffany Boone's Roxy Jones, and Kate Mulvany's Sister Harriet, we're going with a sweet grindhouse vibe as we get up close and personal with Lonny Flash in the trailer, "Eight Ways to Shabbat."
Two years after the first season, it's 1979, and the team has broken up after a between-seasons incident. But once Jonah and Millie learn that Hitler (Udo Kier) is alive and part of Lena Olin's Eva Braun's ("The Colonel") "Fourth Reich" plans, it's time for a three-continent mission to end Hitler once and for all. Joining them is Jennifer Jason Leigh as Chava Apfelbaum, a top Nazi hunter, with Greg Austin's sadistic Travis Leich returning and Al Pacino's deceased team founder Meyer Offerman/Nazi "Wolf" Wilhelm Zuchs. Carol Kane, Louis Ozawa, and Greg Austin join Pacino, Lerman, Hinton, Olin, Radnor, Mulvany, and Boone.
After an accident derails their exploits in Europe, the Hunters must band back together to hunt down history's most infamous Nazi, Adolf Hitler, who's hiding in South America. Meanwhile, a look to the past reveals Meyer Offerman (Pacino) encountering a dangerous threat that could unravel his secret and expose his true identity, with explosive reverberations for our Hunters.
Amazon Studios, Monkeypaw Productions, and Halcyon Studios produce Prime Video's Hunters. The series is created and executive produced by David Weil, who also serves as showrunner, Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld from Monkeypaw Productions, Phil Abraham, David J. Rosen, Jerry Kupfer, and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. David Ellender and Matt Loze from Halcyon Studios also serve as executive producers.(Read more)
The inaugural Children’s & Family Emmys got underway at the
Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles for a two-night gala to award the
best in kid-friendly programming. JoJo Siwa hosted
the Creative Arts ceremony on Night 1 (Saturday, December 10) and Jack
McBrayer took over hosting duties on Night 2 (Sunday, December 11) with
the rest of the categories. On Night 1, it was Maya and the Three, Sneakerella and The Quest that
took the most accolades with three trophies each. Some of the first
night’s highlights included a special performance by XOMG POP!, the
all-girl group created by Jess and Siwa. There was also an appearance
from Martin P. Robinson, the legendary puppeteer who has been with Sesame Street since
1980, providing voices and puppeteering for Mr. Snuffleupagus, Telly
Monster, Slimey the Worm, Martians and more. He also built, designed and
performed the Audrey II puppets for Little Shop of Horrors.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA PROGRAM
The Mysterious Benedict Society (Disney+)
Directors: Greg Beeman, James Bobin, Shannon Kohli, Karyn Kusama, Wendey Stanzler, Mark Tonderai, Glen Winter
OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN/STYLING
The Mysterious Benedict Society (Disney+)
Costume Designer: Catherine Adair
British author C.J. Tudor’s buzzy upcoming book The Drift is set for a TV adaptation.
Irvine Welsh’s Crime and Marcella producer Buccaneer Media and Chicken Soup for the Soul-owned Halcyon Studios, which is behind Prime Video’s Hunters, have won the rights to adapt the book following a competitive, hotly-contested six-way situation.
The companies bought the TV rights from Hannah Ladds at Madeleine Milburn.
The Drift, which Penguin Random House imprints Penguin Michael Joseph in the UK and Ballantine in the U.S. are publishing in January 2023, tells the story of three groups of frightened teens who find themselves thrown together in a frozen post-apocalyptic world. One group is involved in a coach crash, another wakes suspended across a ravine in a broken-down cable and the third hunks down in an isolated sky chalet, and stalking all three is an even greater danger.(Read more)
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Tuesday morning announced the nominations for the inaugural Children’s & Family Emmy Awards, which will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 10 (Creative Arts) and Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles. Disney+’s The Mysterious Benedict Society and the movie Sneakerella lead the pack with, by my hand count, 11 nominations each, followed by Netflix’s Heartstopper and Sweet Tooth (which netted nine apiece).(Read more)
EXCLUSIVE: An untitled James Ellroy project and reimaginings of Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea and Gary Sherman’s Death Line comprise part of Chicken Soup for the Soul-owned Halcyon Studios’ latest development slate.
Jennifer Jason Leigh has been tapped as a lead in Season 2 of Amazon Prime Video’s conspiracy thriller drama series Hunters, created by David Weil and executive produced by Jordan Peele.
Leigh, a 2016 Oscar nominee for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, will play the plum new role of Chava alongside returning Hunters stars Logan Lerman and Jerrika Hinton. There is no word yet on whether fellow Season 1 star, Oscar winner Al Pacino, will be back for Season 2.(Read more)
Based on the best-selling Bill Hodges trilogy (Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of Watch)
by Stephen King, MR. MERCEDES returns for its much-anticipated third
season. When beloved local author John Rothstein (Bruce Dern) is found
murdered, Hodges (Brendan Gleeson), Holly (Justine Lupe), and Jerome
(Jharrel Jerome), along with local police, must track down his killer.
But this case is more complex than the cold-blooded killing of an
American icon. Unpublished novels of Rothstein’s were stolen from his
home, and they are worth millions. As the case unfolds, the trio learns
that although Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway) may be gone, his
depravity lives on in the lives of his victims.
Maximiliano Hernández started acting while in High School. He attended Leonard Davis Center for the Performing Arts in Harlem and went on to do theater. Today he is known for playing in films like Warriors, Thor, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Sicario and as Agent Sitwell from Avengers: Endgame. Hernández has made several appearances on television series like, Amazon Prime’s Hand of God and TNT’s The Last Ship.(Read more)
Based on the best-selling Bill Hodges trilogy (Mr. Mercedes, Finders
Keepers, and End of Watch) by Stephen King, “Mr. Mercedes” returns for
its much-anticipated third season. When beloved local author John
Rothstein is found murdered, Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome
Robinson, along with local police, must track down his killer. But this
case is more complex than the cold-blooded killing of an American icon.
Unpublished novels of Rothstein’s were stolen from his home, and they
are worth millions. As the case unfolds, the trio learns that although
Brady Hartsfield may be gone, his depravity lives on in the lives of his
MR. MERCEDES follows a retired detective who is tormented by a serial killer (Brady Hartsfield, aka Mr. Mercedes) through a series of letters and emails, causing him to set out on a dangerous and potentially felonious crusade to protect his loved ones and himself.(Read more)
Joining the first two seasons, we’ve learned today that the third season of the Stephen King-based series “Mr. Mercedes” is now coming to the Peacock streaming service next month. All 10 episodes of Season 3 arrive on Peacock on March 4, 2021.
Stephen King tweeted today, “Good news for those of you who have read and enjoyed the Bill Hodges trilogy, starting with Mr. Mercedes. Peacock is going to drop the 3rd season–the best one, I think–on March 4th. It’s based on Finders Keepers. Watch for Bruce Dern! He’s great!”(Read more)
Before we get too far into 2021, we need to look back at some of
the best Amazon shows from the previous year. 2020 was a bad year, but
it did bring some excellent content on Amazon Prime Video. One of the
shows on this list wasn’t actually new in 2020. The newest episodes
dropped in December 2019, but it remains one of the most popular TV
shows on Amazon Prime Video. Part of that will come from the social
media push the show continually gets, but another part will be just
because it is a binge-worthy, rewatchable show. This list is made up of
shows that TV Time users watched the most throughout the year. If you
haven’t got on this app yet and love TV, you need to do so right now.
Let’s get into the five top Amazon shows from 2020.
The list starts with a dramedy that dropped in February 2020. It certainly took time for the series to be picked up for a second season, which seems odd when it is on this list of most-watched Amazon shows.
Hunters is set in the 1970s and follows a group of Nazi hunters. Of course, the Nazis in the States are doing everything they can to bring about the Fourth Reich, but will their plans be foiled by the group? On top of that, there’s an FBI agent who just wants to do good in the world but has everyone against her—as a Black, gay woman in the 1970s that probably isn’t surprising.
Al Pacino was the biggest billed star on the series, but it was packed with an excellent cast. We don’t know when Hunters Season 2 will happen yet, but we’re excited for it.(Read more)
Disney’s adaptation of The Mysterious Benedict Society, the
bestselling book series by Trenton Lee Stewart, has shifted from Hulu to
Disney+, which has been projected to add 112 million subscribers over
the next five years.
The series, which was originally developed for Hulu, will now launch on Disney’s main direct-to-consumer service in 2021, with Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development) in the titular role alongside Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers, Last Man on Earth) and an ensemble cast of young actors.(Read more)
“The Mysterious Benedict Society” series is being moved to Disney Plus after originally being developed for Hulu.
show was originally ordered to series at Hulu last year, but is now
slated to debut on fellow Disney-owned streamer Disney Plus in 2021. It
is based on the book series of the same name by Trenton Lee Stewart.
Mysterious Benedict Society’ is a beautifully executed adaptation of
the celebrated and beloved book series. It’s original, clever and fun
for the whole family, which makes it the perfect fit for Disney+,” said
Dana Walden, chairman of Entertainment for Walt Disney Television.
It’s a Stephen King world, and we’re all merely living in it.
The author’s works have long dominated our theater and television screens, and between remakes (looking at you, It and Pet Sematary), new adaptations (Doctor Sleep, The Outsider), and the author’s steady stream of high quality works, that’s not changing any time soon.
One critically acclaimed series, Mr. Mercedes,
initially appeared on the Audience Network, started in 1999 and owned
by AT&T until its closure in May of 2020. After the channel’s
closure, Mr. Mercedes has since been picked up by the streaming
service Peacock with its first two seasons now available on the
service. This opens the series, based on King’s Bill Hodges trilogy (Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of Watch), to a much wider potential viewership—and just in time for Halloween.
I sat down (in two separate interviews) with the series’ long-time director Jack Bender (also known for his work on Lost, The Sopranos, and Game of Thrones) and Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), playing series antagonist Brady Hartsfield, to discuss the series, it’s development, and the new move to a wider audience.(Read more)
With 'Mr. Mercedes' set to debut on Peacock, the king of horror discusses his 2020 TV reign.
With America experiencing what's objectively its most terrifying year of the 21st century, it's perhaps only appropriate that the master of horror is having one of his best.
Stephen King may be well
into his fourth decade as a blockbuster storyteller, yet TV adaptations
of his work have never been more popular. There's HBO's stealth
breakout The Outsider, which launched in January; CBS All Access' take on King's suddenly timely pandemic classic The Stand which premieres in December, and Audience Network's adaptation of King's Bill Hodges crime novel trilogy Mr. Mercedes,
which moves to its new home on Peacock on Thursday, Oct. 15. Not to
mention, King released another best-selling book this year (a quartet of
novellas under the title If It Bleeds) and has two more planned for 2021.
EW spoke with King about all his TV projects and, of course, dipped a bit into politics as well. We start with Mr. Mercedes, a series that received strong praise from critics (with a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes) yet reached relatively few viewers on the now-defunct Audience Network. King hopes the drama will have a better shot at finding mainstream success when its first two seasons come to Peacock this week.
"I'm so happy that Peacock is doing this because I felt like with Mr. Mercedes at AT&T we had brought a stadium show to a folk club," King says. "Now people are going to get a chance to see it."
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The three seasons of Mr. Mercedes went through your three books, and the ending was well-received and sort of tied things up. Fans are wondering if a fourth season could happen; what are your thoughts on that?
STEPHEN KING: I
would love to see that happen. I think the actors would like to see it
happen because they got into those parts. Actors have a way of doing
that. They have a way of settling in — like into a new house. And then
after a while, they're really good at what they're doing and dig deeper
into the character. So I'd love to see it, but the three seasons are
there and they're pretty darn good.