Category: TV

Aaron Paul, Elizabeth Perkins & more join “Apple Series Are You Sleeping” cast!

Apple has assembled a star-studded cast for its Octavia Spencer series “Are You Sleeping” from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and the scripted drama venture of Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content.

Joining Spencer in the 10-episode thriller drama are Aaron Paul (The Path, Breaking Bad), Weeds alumna Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer (ER, 8 Mile), Michael Beach (Aquaman, Sons of Anarchy), Tracie Thoms (Rent, Unreal), and Haneefah Wood (Baskets, One Day at a Time). Also cast in the series is Emmy Award-nominated This Is Us co-star Ron Cephas Jones, who will continue to recur on the NBC family drama.

Are You Sleeping, created and written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Three-time Emmy winner Paul stars as convicted murderer Warren Cave whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years. Paul had been heavily pursued for pilots and series after the recent cancellation of his Hulu drama series The Path. Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Perkins stars as Melanie Cave – Mother of Warren Cave, the subject of Poppy’s podcast.

Paul, Perkins and previously cast Lizzy Caplan, who plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, all have one-year deals. ormer detective and long time friend of Poppy Parnell. Beach plays Ingram Rhoades, a successful attorney and Poppy’s husband. Emmy-nominated Thoms plays Desiree Scoville, Poppy’s older opinionated sister. Wood plays Cydie Scoville, Poppy’s fiercely loyal sister. Cephas Jones plays Leander “Shreve” Scoville, Poppy’s father.

Are You Sleeping is executive produced by Spencer via her Orit Entertainment, Tramble, who serves as showrunner, as well as Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine, and Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and Kristen Campo for Chernin Entertainment. Perkins is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment. Beach, who recently co-starred in the ABC pilot The Finest, is repped by Global Artists Agency. Phifer is with Gersh and Brookside Artist Management. Wood is repped by Artists First and Buchwald.

Sharp Objects Official Trailer!

HBO has released a new Sharp Objects trailer. The story revolves around a reporter (Amy Adams) fresh off a stay at a psych hospital who must return to her tiny hometown for her latest assignment: covering the murder of two preteen girls. Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies) directed the series with Marti Noxon (Mad Men) serving as showrunner.

Here’s the synopsis for Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects:

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story and survive this homecoming.

Elizabeth Perkins’ role is Jackie, the local gossip and renowned alcoholic. Trashy, fun and larger than life, she knows she’s a “backwoods Barbie” and has a sense of humor about it.

Check out the new Sharp Objects trailer below. The limited series premieres July 8th at 9pm on HBO and stars Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins, and Matt Craven.

HBO’s Sharp Objects Will Premiere in July!

HBO has announced that the eight-episode limited series Sharp Objects, starring Oscar nominee Amy Adams (Arrival, American Hustle, Justice League), will debut on Sunday, July 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Based on the book by The New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places), this eight-episode series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.

Sharp Objects was created by Marti Noxon (Dietland, UnREAL, Code Black) who serves as showrunner and wrote several episodes, as did Gillian Flynn. Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins, and Matt Craven also star, as well as Henry Czerny, Taylor John Smith, Sophia Lillis, and Madison Davenport. Jean-Marc Vallée directed all of the episodes and co-edited the series. Noxon, Vallée, Adams, Flynn, Jason Blum, Nathan Ross, Charles Layton, Jessica Rhoades, Gregg Fienberg, Marci Wiseman, and Jeremy Gold all executive produce the Entertainment One (eOne) and Blumehouse Television production.

“Sharp Objects” debuts this July on HBO!

HBO unveiled the first teaser for its upcoming limited series Sharp Objects. Based on the book of the same name by The New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places), this eight-episode series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.

Amy Adams stars, along with co-stars Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins and Matt Craven. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée from scripts by Marti Noxon and Gillian Flynn.

Executive producers are Jason Blum, Charles Layton and Jessica Rhoades, as well as Amy Adams, Gillian Flynn, Marti Noxon, Jean-Marc Vallée, Nathan Ross and Gregg Fienberg. Additional writers include co-executive producer Vince Calandra, co-producer Scott Brown, consulting producer Alex Metcalf, and Ariella Blejer & Dawn Kamoche.An Entertainment One (eOne) and Blumhouse Television production.

Sharp Objects premieres in July on HBO.

Sharp Objects to open ATX Festival!

HBO’s series Sharp Objects, large portions of which were filmed here last summer, will open the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas June 7. ATX is similar to a film festival but concentrates on new television series and television history. Sharp Objects, which is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and from scripts by writer-executive producer Marti Noxon, is based on the book of the same name by bestselling author Gillian Flynn, who also serves as executive producer on the series.

Sharp Objects, will be the ATX Television Festival’s opening night screening and panel, taking place on June 7th in Austin, Texas. Panelists will be announced at a later date. “Sharp Objects” is an eight-episode series starring Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins and Matt Craven. Its produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and Blumhouse Television. HBO has not yet announced its premiere date.

ATX Television Festival is seeing its seventh season this year, from June 7-10. “Sharp Objects” joins previously announced programming, including a conversation with Blown Deadline producing partners David Simon and Nina K. Noble. Joining this panel are also casting director Alexa L. Fogel and director Anthony Hemingway.

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