The Righteous Gemstones
Midway through airing its nine-episode first season, HBO has renewed comedy series “The Righteous Gemstones” for a second season. The series tells the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed, and charitable work. John Goodman, Danny McBride, Edi Patterson, Adam Devine, Walton Goggins and Cassidy Freeman co-star. [Source: HBO]
Nora from Queens
Awkwafina’s semi-autobiographical Comedy Central sitcom will be titled “Nora From Queens” and has set a January 2020 premiere. The rapper/actress from “Crazy Rich Asians” and “The Farewell” star plays Nora who leans on her family as she navigates life and young adulthood in Flushing, Queens. BD Wong plays her father, Lori Tan Chinn her grandmother and Bowen Yang her cousin. Jennifer Esposito will recur as an art teacher, Jon Park will recur as Nora’s friend Doug. [Source: TV Line]
The Dublin Murders
Starz has set a November 10th premiere date for the European crime drama “Dublin Murders,” at the same time unveiling the first trailer for the psychological thriller series starring Killian Scott and Sarah Greene and based on Tana French’s novels.
Sarah Phelps adapts the work about a smart-suited detective, whose English accent marks him as an outsider, dispatched to investigate the murder of a young girl on the outskirts of Dublin with his partner. Against his better judgment, he is pulled back into another case of missing children and forced to confront his own darkness.
The City in the Middle of the Night
Sony Pictures Television has optioned rights for Charlie Jane Anders’ sci-fi novel “The City In The Middle Of The Night” with plans to develop it into a series which Mom de Guerre Productions will produce. The story unfolds on a hostile alien planet where generations ago a civilization was built on the permanent day/night line of a planet which has one side permanently in the sun and the other in the shade.
An exiled college student is exiled to the night side and is rescued by the planet’s native inhabitants and forms a telepathic bond. Returned to human society, Sophie finds herself swept up in a revolution to overthrow the city’s authoritarian government. [Source: Deadline]
Bad Wolf will develop “Soho 1919,” a new nightclub drama set in London in the year after World War One. Playwright, screenwriter and director Polly Stenham and director Alex Warren created the series, which follows the birth of the nightclub scene in the city district.
The true story tale follows a conservative, god-fearing 42-year old single mother, Kate Meyrick, who builds a nightclub empire and criminal family enterprise, becoming the most dangerous woman in London as well as a competitor to Brilliant Chang, the baron of Soho’s gritty underworld. [Source: Deadline]