The Good Place
NBC has renewed its comedy series “The Good Place,” starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, for a fourth season. The third season is in the midst of airing with the mid-season finale this week ahead of it returning mid-January with more episodes. [Source: NBC]
Apple has ordered the basketball drama “Swagger” which is set to be executive produced by Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Television. Reggie Rock Bythewood (“Shots Fired”) directs and serves as showrunner.
The story will follow players, families and coaches in the Amateur Athletic Union basketball league in Washington, D.C. who have to balance their dreams and ambition, as well as the potential for corruption and opportunism. Durant and Grazer will executive produce alongside Francie Calfo and Rich Kleiman. [Source: The Live Feed]
BBC One has released the first trailer for the new animated retelling of Richard Adams’ children’s book “Watership Down” which tells the story of a band of good-natured rabbits in southern England who head off in a desperate search for a better life, and encounter tragedies along the way.
The all-star cast includes James McAvoy, Olivia Colman, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult, Gemma Arterton and Daniel Kaluuya in a series written by Tom Bidwell and directed by Noam Murro. “Watership Down” will premiere December 22nd on BBC One.
Edge of Seventeen
Isabelle Fuhrman (“The Hunger Games,” “Masters of Sex”) and Liana Liberato (“Trespass,” “Light as a Feather”) have been cast in the lead roles in “Edge of Seventeen,” the YouTube-produced spinoff series based on the feature film. The script will be penned by Annabel Oakes (“Transparent,” “Atypical”) and filming begins in January next year.
Fuhrman will play a version of the Hailee Steinfeld role from the 2016 film. Her ‘Mira’ is a whip-smart underachiever going through the daily trials and challenges of high school. She and her best friend Lou (Liberato) deal with the pressures of everyday life. [Source: The Live Feed]
The trailer has premiered for Amazon Studios’ film adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s “Vanity Fair” starring Olivia Cooke in the role of Becky Sharp. The literary classic is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and follows Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society.
Tom Bateman, Charlie Rowe, Claudia Jessie, Simon Russell Beale, Claire Skinner, David Fynn, Johnny Flynn, Martin Clunes, Frances de La Tour, Suranne Jones and Michael Palin co-star in the series which premieres on Amazon Prime Video on December 21st.