Saved By The Bell
Mark-Paul Gosselaar has closed a deal to both executive produce and return as the character Zack Morris, former king of Bayside High, in Peacock’s “Saved by the Bell” single-camera comedy revival. Gosselaar will appear in three episodes.
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen is being lined up to reprise her role as well in the series alongside actors Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley who will also reprise their roles as A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano, respectively. In the new series Zack is now the governor of California who gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools. [Source: The Live Feed]
John Ridley has signed on as executive producer, writer, and director on an untitled musical drama in the works at Showtime. He joins previously announced executive producers Alicia Keys, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Marc Platt, R.J. Cutler, and Adam Siegel. The project centers on an emotionally complex family story that spans generations and threatens the fabric of the community in present day Milwaukee. [Source: Variety]
Synchronicity Films has optioned Craig Russell’s 1950s Glasgow-set “Lennox” book series with plans for a TV series. Robert Murphy (“Vera,” “DCI Banks”) is attached to handle the adaptation. Lennox is a private eye, born in Scotland but raised in America after the Depression. He is billed as ‘a damaged man in a hard city at a hard time’ and finds himself caught between three Glasgow crime bosses – The Three Kings. [Source: Variety]
Willa of the Wood
Bond Group and eOne are set to produce a television adaptation of Robert Beatty’s young adult fantasy thriller “Willa of the Wood”. Amy Adams will executive produce.
The story is set in a dark, mysterious forest where its ancient inhabitants, known as the Faeran, don’t trust the destructive, tree-cutting humans. Willa, the clan’s best forager and thief, becomes a bridge between two competing worlds but soon encounters conflict from all sides. [Source: Deadline]
HBO has premiered the trailer for the six-episode documentary series “McMillions” which kicks off February 3rd. Mark Wahlberg and Steven Levinson produce the story which examines the $24 million-dollar McDonald’s Monopoly game fraud, chasing the mastermind behind the scam and the intrepid and dedicated team of FBI agents on his trail.