•• Great News for all her fans. Weeds alumna Elizabeth Perkins has been tapped for a co-starring role on TNT’s Untitled Miami Project from Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay. Written by Masters Of Sex creator/executive producer Michelle Ashford, the serialized character drama is set in the wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s. Perkins will play Josephine “Jojo” Nickel, all peroxide and cleavage with a penchant for gambling at the dog track, who raised her son, Bobby as a single mother. A true local with deeply Southern roots, Jojo now has her own ambitions: Bobby’s father-in-law, Corwin. Perkins, whose role on Showtime’s Weeds earned her three Emmy nominations, is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.
ONE CHILD tells the story of a young Chinese-born woman, Mei (Leung), adopted at birth by a couple in the UK, who suddenly gets called back to her native Guangzhou by her birth mother. Her son Ajun – and the brother Mei never knew existed – has been wrongly accused of murder and is facing execution. The real killer is a rich Chinese ‘princeling’ with a well-connected, wealthy father who has corrupted the witnesses into lying.
Elizabeth Perkins and Sumpter play Katherine, an American and Jim Ashley, Mei’s adoptive parents who are challenged to both let her visit her birth mother while protecting her from the pain of meeting the woman who once rejected her. Mei must struggle with who she is in order to decide where her loyalty lies.
When Mei lands in China and begins to witness the criminal justice system through western eyes, she discovers the dichotomy between rich and poor – the connected and the unconnected – and the corruption which forms the bedrock of its governing institutions.
Penned by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky, Five Minutes of Heaven) this emotionally-gripping, dramatic thriller plunges into the heart of contemporary China – in all its contradictions – and takes a fresh, cross-cultural look at what it means to be family.
ONE CHILD is a deeply affecting work that delves into the heart of a human struggle. It tells the story of an ordinary young woman who is plunged into a situation that challenges her to her core,” said SundanceTV President, Sarah Barnett. “It takes viewers on an immersive journey across the globe and shines a bold spotlight on the complexity of family dynamics and personal identity.”
ONE CHILD is executive produced by Hilary Salmon for BBC Productions. The project is a BBC Drama production for BBC Two, co-produced with SundanceTV (deal brokered by Drive in conjunction with BBC Worldwide North America), and distributed by BBC Worldwide.
•• Elizabeth Perkins has landed a guest-starring role on “How to Get Away with Murder”. Elizabeth Perkins will play Marren Trudeau, a high-profiled client whom Annalise (Viola Davis) will represent during an upcoming case-of-the-week. Additionally, Sara Paxton (The Beautiful Life) will guest-star as a woman who works for Marren, while Niko Pepaj (Bunheads, Awkward) will play Marren’s assistant.
Elizabeth Perkins’ casting brings her back to ABC after starring on the network’s short-lived comedy “How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)”. The trio will appear in an episode slated for October 16th. The show airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
•• The original miniseries follows the story of Mei, a young woman born in China and raised by British parents who is called back to Guangzhou by her desperate birth mother after Mei’s brother is wrongly accused of murder. One Child stars Katie Leung as the woman who struggles in the face of crisis to determine her family loyalties, true identity and the meaning of family. Elizabeth Perkins, Donald Sumpter play her UK parents. SundanceTV will air the four-hour mini, which it acquired in the spring, on November 28 & 29. One Child is a BBC Drama production for BBC Two, co-produced with SundanceTV and distributed by BBC Worldwide North America. Hilary Salmon is the executive producer.