Tuesday, August 9, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News - August 9, 2022


★Greg Berlanti's newest DC Comic series Strange Adventures, which was being developed for HBO Max, is no longer moving forward according to Kevin Smith, who was slated to direct an episode. Smith noted that the plug was pulled on the project months before the Warner Bros.-Discovery merger. A Green Lantern series that was greenlit at the same time appears to be moving forward.

★Eva Longoria and Carmen Maura will star in the dramedy Land of Women, based on Sandra Barneda's best-seller, for Apple TV+. The streamer has ordered a six-episode season, which will be produced in English and Spanish so viewers can choose which version they want to watch.

★Netflix has cancelled the animated LGBTQ+ superhero series Q-Force after one season. Sean Hayes, Wanda Sykes, Matt Rogers, David Harbour, Gary Cole and Laurie Metcalf were among the voice cast for the series.


★Kenan Thompson will host the 2022 Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast on NBC and streaming on Peacock Monday, September 12. Thompson will also return to SNL this Fall for his 20th season.

★The Golden Globes are coming back to television. After skipping the 2022 ceremony because of internal issues involving the diversity of the membership and leadership and unethical conduct behind the scenes, NBC is satisfied with the changes the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has made and is looking to air the awards ceremony on Tuesday, January 10, 2023. The ceremony is generally held on a Sunday in January but the first Sunday is New Year's Day, the second is the last day of the NFL season which would conflict with NBC's Sunday Night Football, and the third Sunday has already been claimed by the Critics Choice Awards.

★Denise Dowse, whose TV credits include Insecure, Beverly Hills 90210 and Grey's Anatomy is hospitalized and in a coma after contracting meningitis. Other credits include Seinfield, Full House, Murphy Brown, Step by Step, Sister, Sister, Moesha, Girlfriends, Touched by an Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Chicago Hope, ER, The West Wing, Judging Amy, Nip/Tuck, Charmed, Gilmore Girls, Everwood, House, and Castle.

★Marlon Wayans' semi-autobiographical comedy series Book of Marlon has a new home. Originally developed at HBO Max as part of an overall deal Wayans had signed, the show is moving to the Starz premium cable channel. Wayans would play a fictionalized version of himself, exploring his professional life as a comedian and actor, as well as his personal life as he attempts to reconcile being a good person and loving father with being Marlon. The series is still being produced by Warner Bros. Television.

Supergirl's Chyler Leigh will star with Andie MacDowall in The Way Home, a new primetime series for the Hallmark Channel. Leigh is also known for playing Dr. Lexie Grey on Grey's Anatomy before appearing on The CW series.


★Paramount Pictures will release a third Sonic the Hedgehog film on December 20, 2024. The date reveal will push back the Untitled Smurfs Animated Musical, which previously held that date, to February 14, 2025. The Sonic film will now be opening against Avatar 3.

★Zazie Beetz is in talks to reprise her role as Sophie Dumond in the Joker sequel, Joker: Folie à Deux.


★Broadway has weathered a massive East Coast heatwave with MJ, Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton selling out last week, and Hadestown, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Into The Woods, Moulin Rouge!, Six, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King and The Music Man coming very close with 90-99% capacity. MJ set a house record -- its fourth -- grossing more than $1.7 million. Wilting a bit were Chicago at 70%, Funny Girl at 76%, and The Kite Runner at 70%. Tina: The Tina Turner Musical hit 85% as it nears its August 14 closing, while Mr. Saturday Night could only fill 67% (due to a planned six-performance week) as it nears its September 4 closing.


VH1's My True Crime Story premieres Monday, August 29th at 10 PM ET/PT


Trolls: TrollsTopia Final Season | Official Trailer | Hulu


Little Women | Official Teaser | Netflix


Mo | Official Trailer | Netflix


Do Revenge | Official Trailer | Netflix

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