This week in TV news, mega-movie stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon shop their limited-run TV series, Orphan Black adds cast to season three, Hulu plays out Selfie and Manhattan Love Story, and HBO preps its authorized Kurt Cobain documentary!
A Nicole Kidman-Reese Witherspoon limited series is in the works.
Now, here’s some TV casting that could live up to the movie-star cachet of Woody and Matthew. Under their respective production banners, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are currently pitching cablers with the limited-run series Big Little Lies, after initially acquiring the rights as a film project. Big Little Lie, based on a novel released in July by Australian author Liane Moriarty, would portray three Kindergartners’ mothers whose lives unravel to murderous lows. According to Deadline.com, David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, Ally McBeal) is attached to write.
Selfie and Manhattan Love Story will finish on Hulu.
If you were one of the 0.9 million viewers who tuned into ABC for their fall freshman comedies Selfie and Manhattan Love Story, you’ll be happy to know that the you can see the rest of the cancelled episodes on Hulu. Selfie, the Pygmalion tale starring Karen Gillan and John Cho, is on Hulu now; and Manhattan Love Story, the series of never-ending inner dialogue between Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman, will be on Hulu next week. Emily Kapnek, showrunner of Selfie, shared the news earlier this week via tweet: “Unofficially? All remaining episodes of #SelfieABC will soon be on Hulu, Hulu Plus & http://ABC.com. Hugs to Peter Roth @warnerbrostv.” Well, now it’s official.
HBO is making the first authorized Kurt Cobain documentary.
Over 20 years after his death, HBO is prepping to release an authorized documentary on the life of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Oscar-nominated director Brett Morgen who made the Rolling Stones flick Crossfire Hurricane will direct the film, titled Montage of Heck. Frances Bean Cobain (Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain’s daughter) is executive producer. Montage of Heck represents eight years of Morgen culling the Cobain archive and will have no shortage of never-seen/heard-before music, photos, home movie, journals, and artwork. HBO will air the doc in 2015 and Universal will roll it out internationally.
Orphan Black adds new cast for season three.
Save for a couple of teasers (which look cool but tell you absolutely nothing, by the way), BBC America has shared little about season three of Orphan Black. But this week, a bit of casting news bubbled up, including the addition of Justin Chatwin (Shameless) and James Frain (True Blood). Chatwin will play Jason Kellerman, a savvy drug-dealer with rugged good looks who passes as a charismatic businessman. Frain (The Intruders, True Blood), will guest star as Ferdinand, a well-educated “cleaner” in a secretive, multi-national political faction with questionable ethics. Ksenia Solo (Black Swan) will also join the cast as Shay, Cosima’s new friend and holistic healer. No date yet is set for Orphan Black‘s season three return.