Issa Rae and Laura Dern are set to star in the true events-inspired HBO limited series “The Dolls”. Both actresses will also executive produce alongside Laura Kittrell and Amy Aniobi.
The story recounts the aftermath of Christmas Eve riots in two small Arkansas towns in 1983, riots which erupted over Cabbage Patch Dolls. Class, race, privilege and what it takes to be a ‘good mother’ are all explored in the series with “Insecure” star Rae not just starring but also writing. [Source: Variety]
Jane the Virgin
The CW is developing a spinoff of its critically acclaimed series “Jane the Virgin” with original series writer and co-executive producer Valentina Garza onboard to write and executive produce. Creator Jennie Snyder Urman, series star Gina Rodriguez, and series executive producers Ben Silverman and Brad Silberling are all set to executive produce the spinoff, with Silberling also attached to direct.
It will reportedly not be based on any characters currently appearing in the series, rather an anthology with each season based on a fictional novel written and potentially narrated by the character of Jane Villanueva (Rodriguez). [Source: Variety]
Straight White Male
John Niven is penning a TV series adaptation of his novel “Straight White Male” for Yellow Bird (“Wallander”), the work skewering the crisis of contemporary masculinity.
The story follows the personal and professional misadventures of Kennedy Marr, an unreconstructed, hard-living Irish writer living in Los Angeles. To keep the tax man at bay, he’s forced to return to England to accept a lucrative prize from a British university. [Source: Variety]
Dylan McDermott has confirmed he’s been cast in Netflix’s upcoming comedy series “The Politician” which hails from producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. In addition, he confirms actress January Jones will play his wife.
Tony winner Ben Platt leads the series about an aspiring wealthy Santa Barbarian politician with each season to revolve around a different political race his character is involved in. [Source: Deadline]