TV News: Snowpiercer, West, Headey, Bulger

Tv News Snowpiercer West Headey Bulger

TNT has reversed its decision and will air the futuristic thriller series “Snowpiercer,” starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs, after all starting in Spring 2020. The news comes months after WarnerMedia in May announced the series was moving to TBS and would be that network’s first foray into drama programming. The series has already been renewed for a second season.

Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the remnants of humanity inhabit a 1001-car, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out. [Source: Deadline]

Middle West
Michael B. Jordan and “Preacher” producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are all set to executive produce the one-hour crime drama series “Middle West” for Amazon. Alexander Aciman and Julien Martin Hawthorne penned the series and will also serve as executive producers – as will Alana Mayo, James Weaver and Josh Fagen.

In the series, two Chicago FBI agents get called to Gary, Indiana as they investigate the murder and disappearance of two cops who were searching for an array of missing young men. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Lena Headey Project
“The Kids Are All Right” helmer Lisa Cholodenko has been tapped to direct the Showtime hour-long dramedy pilot “Rita” which has Lena Headey in the title role – a headstrong, unconventional teacher and single mother who takes on every kind of authority in a messy and unfiltered way. Cholodenko and Headey will also executive produce while Christian Torpe is penning and showrunning the project based on his original Danish series. [Source: Variety]

Whitey Bulger
Sky Studios is teaming with Double Nickel Entertainment and with Fort Point Media to produce a TV series based on notorious Boston crime boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger whom Johnny Depp played in 2015’s “Black Mass”.

The series will be based on Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge’s upcoming novel “Hunting Whitey” which releases next year. The series draw on the book’s exclusive interviews, investigative reporting, and access to the FBI to reveal the story of how Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, eluded capture for nearly two decades. [Source: Variety]