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Alan Ball, Timothy Olyphant, and Holly Hunter Return to TV, and We Lose a TV Great

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | November 28, 2016 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | November 28, 2016 |


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Remember television and movies? Those things we used to talk about before Donald Trump destroyed the Internet? If you look hard enough at the fringes of the Internet, you can still find tidbits about movies and television secreted away in dark corners.

For instance, Deadpool is looking for a female lead to play Domino. According to Collider, there’s even a shortlist of potential candidates: Lizzy Caplan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sienna Miller, Sofia Boutella, Stephanie Sigman, and Sylvia Hoeks.

They’re all great, and in the spirit of diversity, I’m pulling for Sofia Boutella and Stephanie Sigman, but in my heartest of hearts, a Ryan Reynolds/Mary Elizabeth Winstead movie is kind of a dream come true.

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On the other hand, we do get to see plenty of Winstead in the third season of Fargo and I appreciate her role as the aughts B-movie queen, so I’m going to lean toward Sofia Boutella, who displayed an affinity for action sequences in Kingsman.

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Elsewhere, Holly Hunter will be returning to television in Alan Ball’s new HBO series. The untitled series revolves around “a philosophy professor, his lawyer wife, their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam, and Colombia, and their sole biological child. This seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep rifts. Then, one of the children begins to see things others cannot. Is it mental illness? Or something else?”

I like both Holly Hunter and Alan Ball in the abstract, but I’ll withhold judgement based on the last few seasons of True Blood

Meanwhile, Drew Barrymore, who has been largely absent from the public eye in recent years, will be heading to Netflix with her TV series, The Santa Clarita Diet. The show, which also stars Timothy Olphant, will premiere February 3, 2017. From EW:

In Santa Clarita Diet, Joel (Olyphant) and Sheila (Barrymore) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenaged daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) until Sheila goes through a dramatic change, sending their lives down a road of death and destruction… but in a good way.

I’m not sure how death and destruction can be a good thing, but I trust in a Barrymore/Olyphant television marriage.

Here’s a new image, via Empire, of Gaston (Luke Evans) and Belle (Emma Watson) from the live-action Beauty and Beast film that seems to rule out my hoped-for theory that Emma Watson would be playing the beast this time around.

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Anne Rice is taking her Vampire Chronicles away from the silver screen and moving them to the small screen, where she plans a television series that will faithfully adapt every last damn one of those Lestat books.

Finally, we are heartbroken to hear about the passing of Ron Glass over the weekend. The Barney Miller star is better known of late as Shepherd Book on Joss Whedon’s Firefly series, and cast members of that show delivered some heartfelt words about the man on Twitter this weekend.

RIP Ron Glass.



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