TV News: Stand, Heritage, Limbo, Poehler

Tv News Stand Heritage Limbo Poehler

The Stand
CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment have announced a September 24th release date for the Mick Garris-directed Blu-ray release of the famed mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand”. The disc release comes ahead of a new TV adaptation in the works for CBS All Access. [Source: Bloody Disgusting]

The Heritage
Maverick TV will adapt Howard Bryant’s novel “The Heritage” into a multi-part docuseries with Sacha Jenkins set to executive produce the whole run and direct the first episode. Each subsequent episode will be helmed by a different African-American filmmaker to provide a unique and personal perspective on the story.

The book is a chronology of black athletes’ activism within a tense American political climate as iconic African American athletes like Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali created a ‘heritage’ of black athletic political engagement. Later, players in the 1980s rejected it. Peter Bittenbender, Melody Shafir, and Tim Pastore will also executive produce. [Source: Deadline]

Sitting In Limbo
The team behind Netflix’s “The Crown” is coming together for “Sitting in Limbo,” a telemovie about the recent real-life Windrush immigration scandal in the UK. The scandal deals with mostly Caribbean immigrants who arrived as children and did not receive paperwork. Wrongly deported or detained, the scandal led to a public outcry and protests.

Novelist Stephen S. Thompson is writing the project which will focus on the true story of his brother who had been living in the U.K. since he was 8 years old. He set out to visit his elderly mother in Jamaica, but applying for a passport he was stunned to discover that there was no record of him as a British citizen. He was ultimately forcibly removed from his home and held as an illegal immigrant. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Half-Hour Female Sitcom
Amazon Studios has handed out ten-episode series order for executive producer Amy Poehler’s currently untitled half-hour female-led sitcom created by “Girls Trip” co-writer Tracy Oliver. Paper Kite Productions and Universal TV will produce.

The story will follow the story of four black women – friends from their college days at NYU – as they navigate sex, relationships and chasing their dreams. The series is written by Oliver who will also be serving as an executive producer alongside Poehler, Kim Lessing and Dave Becky. [Source: Deadline]

A couple of key TV promo trailers today including ones for the fourth season of Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” followed by the sixth season of “Power,” and the second season of Hulu’s “Light as a Feather”.