TV News: Lies, Wives, Son, Pure, Figures, Dead

Big Little Lies
Nicole Kidman has used her social media account to reveal a photo of Meryl Streep’s first day on the set of the second season of HBO’s “Big Little Lies”. Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz are all returning for the seven new episodes.

Streep plays Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Alexander Skarsgard’s Perry Wright, who arrives in Monterey concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren following the events of the first season. Andrea Arnold will helm all seven episodes of the new season. [Source: HBO]

The First Wives Club
Paramount Network has given a pilot order to a half-hour comedy series reboot of 1996 divorce comedy film “The First Wives Club”. The project was previously in development at TV Land.

The story will follow a group of New York women who band together after their marriages fall apart, and who find strength in their sisterhood and a little revenge. Tracy Oliver (“Girls Trip”) will write and executive produce. [Source: Variety]

Richard Gere is set for his first major role in a TV drama series with BBC2’s “MotherFatherSon”. Billy Howle co-stars in the series which begins shooting in May with “Testament Of Youth” director James Kent is on board to direct the first two episodes.

Gere would play a tough media tycoon in the series exploring his relationship with his aristocratic former wife and their free-spirited thirty-year-old son (Howle). Tom Rob Smith (“London Spy,” “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”) is penning the series. [Source: Deadline]

Ahead of the series premiere in early 2019, WGN America announced today that their highly-anticipated crime drama “Pure” has already been greenlit for a second season. Ryan Robbins and Alex Paxton-Beesley co-star in the series which looks at a newly-elected Mennonite pastor determined to rid his community of the scourge of drugs and its nefarious ties to a trans-border smuggling alliance with ruthless Mexican cocaine cartels. [Source: WGN America]

Hidden Figures
National Geographic is developing a series inspired by the 2016 Oscar Best Picture nominee “Hidden Figures” which was based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping will executive produce.

The true story tale follows the black female mathematicians who were instrumental in the early days of the American space program. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle MonĂ¡e, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and Jim Parsons starred in the original. [Source: Variety]

Dead To Me
Netflix has ordered ten episodes of the new comedy series “Dead to Me” from “2 Broke Girls” writer Liz Feldman and executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The dark comedy reportedly follows the powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly-wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret. [Source: Deadline]