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JM talked about DR directing a Western-themed LoT episode...

Legends of Tomorrow star Jes Macallan previews how Ava handles Sara's abduction
By Chancellor Agard   April 30, 2021 
https://ew.com/tv/legends-of-tomorrow-jes-macallan-season-6/ 

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... David Ramsey came in and directed, and it's a Western episode. Who doesn't want to see a Western? It's beautiful.

What was it like working with David?
David was awesome! He just brought such a wonderful energy. It was so great. I mean, Maisie [Richardson-Sellers] directed this year, David directed this year. He's not a first-time director — I know he directed on Arrow — but Maisie certainly was and I was, and then Caity [directed her] second episode. It was just really awesome to see different people come in and have their chance at bat, and he had a huge episode. It was gigantic in a lot of ways. They're all huge, but his was an undertaking, and he handled it with grace and style. I've already seen the locked-up [episode], and everybody is going to be blown away. And my partner is also in that episode as well. So I'm also biased.

Beyond the safety protocols, did you feel like the pandemic had a noticeable effect on the stories you were telling and the scope?
Yes and no. I think it's as big as it usually is because it's a big show VFX-wise and obviously they have aliens on top of it, and just the scope of what it's going to be. There certainly was a hammer down on background [actors] and filling any spaces with too many people. We certainly had that with David Ramsey's episode [where] we're in a Western and in a saloon. Or in my episode, I wanted background and it was like, "Is it worth it? Is it worth it to add those people in if you don't really need it for the story?" So those conversations are definitely being had for the safety of the crew and the safety of actors, and everybody. But you'll see that we told the story just the same. I don't think in looking back on any of this that it's lacking. The awesome part is that we got crazy aliens out of it.

 

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First official trailer for SA's new series...

Independent Wrestling Drama ‘Heels’ Sets Series Debut Date On Starz
By Bruce Haring    May 2, 2021
https://deadline.com/2021/05/independent-wrestling-drama-heels-sets-series-debut-date-on-starz-1234747975/ 

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The independent wrestling world is the setting for the new Starz original drama series Heels, which released its official trailer and key art today.

The series premieres on Sunday, August 15 across all Starz platforms, including at 9 PM ET/PT on Starz in the US and Canada. It will air day and date internationally on the StarzPlay premium streaming platform across its complete footprint in Europe, Latin America, and Japan.

Written and created by EP Michael Waldron (Loki, the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) with EP Mike O’Malley (Shameless, Survivor’s Remorse) as showrunner, Heels stars Stephen Amell (Arrow) as Jack Spade, with Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games, Vikings) playing his younger brother, Ace. Peter Segal (Get Smart, 50 First Dates, Tommy Boy, Shameless), who directs several episodes, also serves as EP.
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The drama series also stars Alison Luff as Staci Spade, Jack’s wife who learns that she has to contend with the emotional stakes her in-laws have invested in their wrestling goals and the demands it puts on her family; Mary McCormack as Willie Day, Jack’s business partner and the logistical brains behind the local wrestling organization; Kelli Berglund as Crystal Tyler, Ace’s valet and love interest; Allen Maldonado as Rooster Robbins, one of the best wrestlers in the circuit who always has something to prove and always backs it up; two-time Super Bowl champion James Harrison as Apocalypse, a been-around-the-block journeyman wrestler who’s been at it for decades and has no illusions of fame or glory; and Chris Bauer as Wild Bill Hancock, a larger-than-life former wrestling star who is now a high-level pro wrestling scout.

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Untitled Horror Movie is the film that KM did while in quarantine - release date is June 12...

Exclusive 'Untitled Horror Movie' Trailer Puts Claire Holt, Katherine McNamara in Peril
BY JEFF SNEIDER     May 5, 2021
https://collider.com/untitled-horror-movie-trailer-claire-holt-katherine-mcnamara/ 

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Last summer, with studio production at a standstill, a group of young actors in quarantine who were eager to get back to work took it upon themselves to make an independent movie about a group of young actors, and today, Collider can exclusively unveil the official trailer for Untitled Horror Movie from director Nick Simon (The Girl in the Photographs) and his co-writer Luke Baines (Shadowhunters).

The story is told entirely via computer screens and found footage, and Baines stars alongside Darren Barnet (Never Have I Ever), Tim Granaderos (13 Reasons Why), Claire Holt (The Vampire Diaries), Katherine McNamara (Shadowhunters) and Emmy Raver-Lampman (The Umbrella Academy).

They play six vapid, half-famous Hollywood actors who learn that their TV show is on the brink of cancellation. Willing to do anything to save their careers, they decide to shoot their own horror movie, only to accidentally summon a violent demonic spirit that starts picking them off one by one.

The twist here is that Untitled Horror Movie -- yes, that's the actual title -- is really a comedy, or rather, a tongue-in-cheek satire of showbiz and Gen Z celebrity. There are no doubt thousands of actors who will be able to relate to the out-of-work characters in this movie and their need to create something together, if only to stifle their own boredom as artists.
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Randy Sinquefield’s Spectrum Studios financed the Untitled Horror Movie, which was produced by Bronwyn Cornelius and Marina Stabile. In keeping with the tongue-in-cheek tone of UHM, the aptly-named (Yet) Another Distribution Company will release the film June 15 on VOD and digital platforms like iTunes and Amazon following a special live-stream premiere event on June 12, for those who want a sneak peek. For now, watch the trailer below, and keep an ear out for the tasty jam "So It Goes" by Guards, because it's a cool summer bop that deserves way more love on YouTube.

(Collider Exclusives)

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This S&L episode is scheduled to air on May 25...

 

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As previously reported, Katrina Law joins the cast of NCIS in episode 15 (Blown Away) - airing on May 18...

Matt's Inside Line: Chicago Fire Scoop, Plus Handmaid's Tale, Legends, NCIS, Flash, Debris, WCTH, Mayans and More
By Matt Webb Mitovich / May 5 2021,
https://tvline.com/2021/05/05/chicago-fire-season-9-finale-spoilers-ncis-katrina-law/

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Quiero saber todo de NCIS. –Ana
Well, I can’t tell you everything, but here is something: When I spoke with Wilmer Valderrama, he had already worked with new arrival Katrina Law, who on May 18 debuts as NCIS Special Agent Jessica Knight. “She’s a lovely woman, very talented,” he reported, adding: “It’s fun to have new elements come into play, because that’s when things can boil up a bit. I think that she and Torres are go to have a lot in common. You’re going to see our characters dynamically be in a place where they can complement each other in the field.”

 
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DR will both direct and guest star as Diggle in episode 12 ("Blind Spots") of Supergirl Season 6 on September 21st...

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That’s not all that The CW has shared: They’ve released a first look photo of Azie Tesfai wearing the costume of The Guardian, much truer to the comic books’ color scheme than the original look on the show. The episode “Blind Spots” will deal with racial inequality and is currently scheduled to air on September 21, 2021.

Finally, this episode won’t just be directed by David Ramsey — “Blind Spots” is also the episode in which we will be seeing him guest starring as his character John Diggle who he first portrayed in the very first episode of Arrow way back in 2012.

 

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This is the Invisible Women podcast episode in which EBR voices "Celine" (using a French accent) - you can hear her briefly at the beginning and then more at length when Celine's "interview" begins at around the 16:00 or 17:00 mark...

Invisible Women, Podcast Episode 7: Embodiment
Invisible Women Podcast    May 11, 2021

Invisible Women: Stories of WW2 Espionage - Embodiment
Diane Greig  May 10, 2021
https://invisiblewomen.ca/embodiment/

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In this episode you’ll hear Celine’s story. She was a young French woman who first joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in the UK, and then later became a British Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent. She parachuted into France to courier, sabotage and coordinate among Maquis groups.

You’ll hear how she challenged biased cultural beliefs about women and her references that underscore the personality of many of the women I interviewed ~ independent, strategic, compassionate, courageous and instinctual.

Celine made crucial contributions in one of the most turbulent times of WW 2; during the D-Day invasion and the weeks that followed.

Post war, the British government honoured some SOE agents with medals ~ the men received far more than the women. And for those women like Celine who did survive and receive commendation, their medals were civilian, rather than military.
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Host and Writer: Diane Greig
Celine: Emily Bett Rickards
Casting Director: Eileen Barrett
Producer: Robert Ouimet
Sound engineer: Scott Whittaker

ETA: As previously mentioned, Diane Greig is EBR's mother. "Although all interview content is captured from original transcripts and/or archival information some stories are blended. "

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New featurette about Sweet Tooth, the Netflix series that Beth Schwartz is co-showrunning (release date: June 4th) - you can see her speak in this video at around the 1:50 mark...

Sweet Tooth | From DC Comic to Netflix Series
Netflix    May 10, 2021

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See how the epic fantasy world from Jeff Lemire’s groundbreaking DC comic "Sweet Tooth" was brought to life for the upcoming Netflix series. Executive Produced by Susan Downey & Robert Downey Jr., Sweet Tooth is a post-apocalyptic fairytale about a hybrid deer-boy who goes on an extraordinary adventure. All episodes of Sweet Tooth arrive June 4th, only on Netflix.

 

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Katrina Law is featured in the new NCIS promo...

NCIS 18x15 Promo "Blown Away" (HD) Season 18 Episode 15 Promo
TV Promos    May 11, 2021

 

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Upcoming new TV series for JDJ, EK and CB...

2021-22 TV Preview: All the New Comedies, Dramas & Unscripted Shows
By Vlada Gelman / May 12 2021,
https://tvline.com/lists/fall-new-tv-shows-preview-photos-2021/ 

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4400, The CW
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PREMIERE DATE: TBA

TIME SLOT: TBA

WHO: Joseph David-Jones (Arrow), Brittany Adebumola (Grand Army), Jaye Ladymore (Chicago P.D.), Amarr Wooten (American Housewife), Khaliah Johnson

WHAT: Based on the original USA Network drama, the new take follows 4400 overlooked, undervalued, or otherwise marginalized people who vanished without a trace over the last hundred years are all returned in an instant, having not aged a day and with no memory of what happened to them. As the government races to analyze the potential threat and contain the story, the 4400 themselves must grapple with the fact that they’ve been returned with a few… upgrades, and the increasing likelihood that they were all brought back now for a specific reason.
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GRAND CREW, NBC
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PREMIERE DATE: TBA

TIME SLOT: TBA

WHO: Nicole Byer (Nailed It!), Echo Kellum (Arrow), Aaron Jennings (Pure Genius), Carl Tart (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$), Justin Cunningham (When They See Us)

WHAT: A group of Black friends unpack the ups and downs of life and love at a wine bar.
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ORDINARY JOE, NBC
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PREMIERE DATE: TBA

TIME SLOT: TBA

WHO: James Wolk (Watchmen, Zoo), Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome), Charlie Barnett (Arrow, Russian Doll), Elizabeth Lail (YOU)

WHAT: Explores the three parallel lives of the show’s main character after he makes a pivotal choice at a crossroads in his life. The series asks the question of how different life might look if you made your decision based on love, loyalty or passion.

 

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Hear Frozen's Patti Murin and Arrow's Colin Donnell sing a number from new COVID-inspired musical Breathe
By Maureen Lee Lenker    May 13, 2021 
https://ew.com/theater/patti-murin-colin-donnell-sing-covid-inspired-musical-breathe/

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In this exclusive track from the suite titled "Swelling and Irritation," real-life Broadway couple Patti Murin and Colin Donnell star as a working couple struggling to homeschool their children. The song "The Lucky Ones" grants them a moment of grace as they watch their sleeping children, studying the rise and fall of their breath, and realize their own fortune in their healthy, happy family.
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Breathe, which makes its world premiere exclusively on Overture+ on May 14 at 8 p.m. ET, features 23 original songs. ....

 

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An exclusive look at 26 of summer 2021's must-watch TV shows
By EW Staff    May 14, 2021
https://ew.com/tv/summer-2021-tv-preview/
https://ew.com/tv/summer-2021-tv-preview/?slide=d20b08d2-af82-433e-b601-5553f2cdecd3#d20b08d2-af82-433e-b601-5553f2cdecd3 

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Heels (Aug. 15, Starz)

No, you don’t need to know anything about wrestling to enjoy what Starz's Heels is cooking. “What I think the audience needs to know is: What is it like to be someone who doesn’t want to work a regular 9-to-5 job and has a dream to pursue fame and, in a way, fortune?” says showrunner Mike O’Malley. Set in Georgia, the dark show stars Arrow’s Stephen Amell and Vikings’ Alexander Ludwig as Jack and Ace Spade, two brothers who clash in the ring, as well as outside of it over their family’s legacy. Says Amell, “When we actually do mix it up physically, there’s a real authenticity to it because [Ludwig] brings a lot of intensity.” —Chancellor Agard

https://ew.com/tv/summer-2021-tv-preview/?slide=166f7c0f-2c3b-4dbf-ba61-fef934f14b32#166f7c0f-2c3b-4dbf-ba61-fef934f14b32 

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Sweet Tooth (June 4, Netflix)

Based on Jeff Lemire’s acclaimed comic book series of the same name, this warm drama explores a world ravaged by a devastating disease (too soon?) through the eyes of Gus (Christian Convery), an inquisitive boy who is part deer, as he abandons his sheltered home in search for answers about his origins. Along the way, he teams up with a band of fellow animal hybrids. “It’s a dystopian fable that embraces the hope of the characters, the emotion of the comic, with a bit of humor,” says executive producer Jim Mickle. Adds EP Beth Schwartz: “The world’s been through so much, it’s time someone like Gus showed us there’s a better world and future out there for all of us.” —Chancellor Agard

 

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Superman & Lois boss teases David Ramsey's turns as director and Arrow's Diggle
By Chancellor Agard      May 14, 2021
https://ew.com/tv/superman-lois-david-ramsey-episode-7/ 

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The actor is slated to appear as his Arrow character, John Diggle, and direct several episodes across the CW's shared superhero universe this season. His first stop (or at least the one that's airing first) is the May 25 episode of Superman & Lois, which he helmed but doesn't appear in. Titled "Man of Steel," the hour explores "Luthor's [Wolé Parks] backstory quite a bit," Superman & Lois showrunner Todd Helbing revealed during EW's Around the Table with the freshman drama's cast.
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In a second interview conducted after the roundtable, Helbing discussed why he thought Ramsey was the right choice for that pivotal episode. "The stuff he [directed] on Arrow was fantastic," he said. "Just getting into the Luthor character and the backstory, and really getting into his motivations and why he's doing what he is, I think David, having played John Diggle, could just bring his expertise [from] the Arrowverse on how to tell those stories. So I thought he would be a perfect fit for it."
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In terms of his appearance as Diggle, that comes later in Superman & Lois' season. The last time we saw Diggle, he was getting ready to move his family to Metropolis when he found a bright green object at the site of meteor crash, which was a nod to the prevailing fan theory he was destined to become Green Lantern John Stewart. As of right now, it's unclear if that will play into Diggle's Superman & Lois visit.

"[Our episode] gets into the mentality of where he is in his life based on everything that happened to him over the last [several] years," Helbing said in that second interview.

As previously reported, Ramsey will reprise the role of Diggle on Supergirl, The Flash, and Batwoman, and he has a mysterious role on DC's Legends of Tomorrow. According to Helbing, Ramsey's onscreen return was initially conceived as a multi-episode arc across the shows. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic squashed those plans.

"There was like a five-episode story," Helbing said. "It was pretty cool. And then because of availability and shutdowns and delays, it was impossible to make it make sense [across the shows]. There's still a through-line, but it's not as A-to-B-to-C [as planned]. Ours is kind of a little bit more of a one-off, but thematically it still plays."

We know that Diggle appears in the 12th episode of Supergirl's final season, which was co-written by star Azie Tesfai (who plays Kelly Olsen) and co-producer J. Holtham. That hour will address racial inequality and mark Kelly's debut as the shield-wielding vigilante Guardian. It remains to be seen how Diggle figures into the other shows.

Here's the video link to EW's Around the Table with S&L's cast and showrunner (referenced in the article above):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGc69G4rcu4&t=1934s


ETA: DR will reprise his role as John Diggle on the 12th episode of Superman & Lois (as previously posted, DR also directed the 7th episode of Superman & Lois)...

KryptonSite Interview: Superman & Lois Showrunner/EP Todd Helbing
by Craig Byrne    May 17, 2021
http://www.kryptonsite.com/kryptonsite-interview-superman-lois-showrunner-ep-todd-helbing/ 

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What was it like to have David Ramsey directing for the show?
[Todd Helbing:]
David is awesome. I was obviously a huge fan of Arrow. On crossovers, I worked with him a little bit. I thought the work he did directing-wise was fantastic, and just thought for that episode, his style and his knowledge would be a huge asset. And he just killed that episode. It’s one of my favorites this season, for sure. It’s awesome.

What can we expect when David Ramsey actually appears on the show as John Diggle?
Originally, we were going to do a five-episode story with Ramsey, where they all tied together. COVID kind of killed that, like so many things [that could have happened] this season, so we had to adjust slightly.

In our episode, you really get his mentality, and you understand where he is emotionally after everything that he experienced on Arrow.

Is he the only character from another series that we might be seeing this season?
This season? Yeah.

 

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Will Diggle Become a Green Lantern? David Ramsey Previews His Arrowverse Return, First Look at 'Mystery Role'
By Matt Webb Mitovich / May 17 2021
https://tvline.com/2021/05/17/arrow-diggle-green-lantern-journey-david-ramsey-flash-legends-of-tomorrow/  

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Ramsey’s spring/summer trip through the Arrowverse officially kicks off Tuesday, May 25, with the episode of Superman & Lois that he directed. As for his series of on-camera appearances, he first will be seen on the Sunday, June 13 episode of Batwoman.
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TVLINE | First off, are you directing every episode you’re guest-starring in, and guest-starring in every episode you’re directing?
[David Ramsey:]
Close. I am guest-starring in about five different episodes, and I am directing three — but it doesn’t work out that I’m directing all the episodes I’m guest-starring in. On Legends, for example, I’m guest-starring and I’m also directing; same with Supergirl. The third one I’m directing is Superman & Lois, but on a different occasion I will be guest-starring; I won’t be directing the one I’m in.
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TVLINE | Some Arrowverse fans may be assuming that your Legends mystery role is the one to watch for as far as any “green” matters, but from what I’ve heard it’s your other guest appearances that really tell that story.
That’s true. There was some press that was out there that I’m playing a mystery character on Legends, and from that kind of wording there was an assumption that because obviously Legends has a time ship, and they go through time and space, fans connected that to the Green Lantern Corps…. Also, the last time you saw Diggle, he was on his way to Metropolis and was intercepted by a glowing, green box, so it was a logical step in assuming that…. But on Legends, there’s a different character all together. It’s a historic character, a historical Western character (see exclusive photo above).

To your other point, which is exploring what has happened to Diggle since encountering that green box, that will be explored in the other episodes – on Batwoman, Flash, Superman & Lois, and Supergirl. Whatever was in the box, he refused the invitation of. Let’s put it like that. But there are consequences to that.

We’ve gone to great lengths over the years to make Diggle one of the more grounded characters. Any time he would go fast with Flash, he would throw up, and he was always amazed when he saw someone flying. All these things were kind of otherworldly to him, because he was a very earthbound hero. And after Crisis, he got back his wife, who was abducted by the Monitor, and he got back his daughter Sara, who was taken out of existence by Flashpoint. So part of Diggle’s story is that the last thing he would want to do right now is receive an invitation from something otherworldly, because he finally has his family back, and he lost his best friend to some otherworldliness. So he refused the invitation of whatever was in the box, but there are consequences to that, and that story, what he will do next, is part of what we tell throughout these four episodes.
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TVLINE | Of all the characters that Diggle runs into on the four shows, does anyone possibly have insight into exactly what he’s been dealing with? Has anyone “heard tell of a corps of galactic law enforcers” or anything like that?
No, we don’t get into that. This is a very, very, very preliminary [look at] what happens from this refusal, and what it means to his destiny. We simply get into the preliminary physical effects of his refusal of whatever it was in that box.

TVLINE | Your first guest stop is on Batwoman. What takes Dig to Gotham, because best that I recall, he doesn’t know anybody there, right?
Headaches. Debilitating headaches. And he’s hearing voices. He goes to Gotham to get help with this, to see a physician there, and in the meantime, his A.R.G.U.S. story continues. His wife is still head of A.R.G.U.S. and he’s co-head, and that’s part of what he brings when he goes to these cities. He’s there to assist and help in whatever way he can with his access to A.R.G.U.S. That’s a very big part of who he is.

TVLINE | So we’ll at least get a mention of Lyla, even if we don’t see her.
Without a doubt. Life for Diggle post-Crisis continues in the sense that he is a father and he continues to be an earthbound hero, but his duties at A.R.G.U.S. have multiplied. But within that, he’s hiding something, and that’s part of what we’re telling in these stories.

TVLINE | Will there be any other Arrow mentions? Like, will we hear that Laurel is now doing NFT paintings…?
[Laughs] How did you know that? Uh, no. We mention Oliver and his relationship with Oliver in these stories, but that’s the extent of mentioning the past and his life with Arrow. We really are trying to show that John Diggle has moved on from that, yet there’s something that’s pulling him — something  that’s a lot more bigger, and far more cosmic — than he’s letting on.


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About the LoT episode that David Ramsey directed this season...

Legends of Tomorrow star Nick Zano teases a Nate-Zari 2.0 team-up, season 6's 'best episode'
By Chancellor Agard   May 21, 2021 
https://ew.com/tv/legends-of-tomorrow-nick-zano-season-6-episode-4-preview/ 

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[NICK ZANO:} Well, we had a Western episode this season, which David Ramsey directed. And when you read certain scripts in certain episodes of the season, and you're like, "Oh, this is going to be a big episode." This Western was, I think, by far our biggest episode of the season. And it took a lot of work, a lot of manpower, a lot of plowing through when the elements weren't on our side. And I got to see a rough cut of it. And I was like, "Well, hot damn, this is a fantastic episode. I can't wait for people to see it." Because while we're making it, it was so difficult. And when I saw it cut, I was like, "This may be one of our best episodes of the season."

It feels like you haven't gotten too many opportunities to work with David Ramsey before. What was it like collaborating with him as both an actor and director?
First thing I said to Ramsey on the first day was, "Ramsey, this is SNL by comparison to Arrow." I was like, "Enjoy the ride and have fun." And Ramsey was great. He put out a really fantastic episode. I know for him, this thing represented a ton of challenges that he persevered through and out of it came a really phenomenal episode of our show.

 

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Arrowverse's David Ramsey talks Diggle's 'cosmic' destiny and directing Superman & Lois
By Chancellor Agard   May 24, 2021 
https://ew.com/tv/arrowverse-david-ramsey-green-lantern-superman-legends/ 

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This season, the Arrow actor, who helped launch the CW's shared superhero universe, is returning as a director and guest star, reprising the role of John Diggle across most of showrunner Greg Berlanti's series: Superman & Lois, Supergirl, The Flash, Batwoman, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow. According to Ramsey, this has been in the works since November 2019 — but then the pandemic happened, and not even the combined forces of Superman, Supergirl, and the Legends could stop that.
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[ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY:] Where do we find Diggle when he returns to all these shows? What is he dealing with?
[DAVID RAMSEY:] He was on his way to Metropolis and was intercepted by a glowing green box. Whatever was in that box, he refused its invitation. There are consequences for that. This is the very preliminary story of telling what those consequences are.

We find John Diggle as a co-leader in ARGUS with his wife. He's going to Gotham, Smallville, and National City as an ARUGS leader. That's his day job. But he's hearing voices; he has debilitating headaches. And he's hiding them from the other members of the Arrowverse shows, who he's helping as an ARGUS member. So he's coming there with a purpose, but he's also hiding something. The more we tell the story, the more we begin to hear what these voices are, particularly on The Flash.

 

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JDJ's The 4400 series debuts this fall on The CW on Monday nights...

Fall TV Schedule 2021: What's on When? And Versus What?
By Matt Webb Mitovich / May 25 2021, 
https://tvline.com/2021/05/25/fall-tv-schedule-2021-nbc-network-cbs-primetime-abc-shows-cw-fox/
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You can read more about The 4400 and JDJ's character ("an empathetic social worker") here...

The CW Fall 2021-22 Schedule: ‘The Flash’ & ‘Riverdale’ Unite, ‘4400’ Lands On Monday, ‘Batwoman’, ‘Nancy Drew’ & ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ On The Move & Alternative Weekend
By Peter White   May 25, 2021
https://deadline.com/2021/05/the-cw-fall-2021-22-schedule-the-flash-riverdale-unite-4400-batwoman-nancy-drew-1234763694/

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Beth Schwartz is really moving beyond The CW's Arrowverse, first showrunning Sweet Tooth and now showrunning Red Queen...

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Beth Schwartz (Arrow, Netflix’s upcoming Sweet Tooth) will serve as showrunner and co-write the script alongside author Aveyard. Exec producers include Banks and her Brownstone partner Handelman, Schwartz and Aveyard, with Brownstone’s Dannah Shinder on board as a co-EP.

 

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Sweet Tooth Part I with Director Jim Mickle, Writer Beth Schwartz, and Creator Jeff Lemire
Literary Joe    May 26, 2021

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This episode features the incredible behind-the-scenes talents that have brought Netflix's latest DC Comics adaptation, Sweet Tooth, to life.

We chat with Jim Mickle, who directed the upcoming series, Beth Schwartz, who wrote the Netflix show, and the creator and writer of the DC Comic series Sweet Tooth which the series of the same name is based upon.

The team tells us about their research into animals, spending time with Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey at their personal petting zoo, and the process of adapting the pages to the screen.

Sweet Tooth hits Netflix on June 4th.

 

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Vision Films Acquires Danny A. Abeckaser’s ‘I Love Us’; Level 33 Jams With ‘Rollers’ And Gravitas Bulks Up With ‘Resurgence’; Indian Film Festival Of L.A. Winners; ‘Lost Airmen’ To Freestyle – Film Briefs
By Patrick Hipes    May 28, 2021
https://deadline.com/2021/05/l-love-us-release-date-rollers-resurgance-deals-lost-airman-of-buchanwald-film-briefs-1234765290/ 

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Vision Film has acquired rights to I Love Us, a romantic drama from Danny A. Abeckaser’s 2B Films. Abeckaser stars with Jackie Cruz, Katie Cassidy, Harlow Jane, David James Elliott, Robert Davi, Jasper Polish, Greg Finley, James Madio, David James Elliott, Elya Baskin and Courtney Lopez in the ensemble, which wrapped production at the end of March after a shoot in Los Angeles. It will get a 10-city theatrical run along with VOD in September.

In the script by Kosta Kondilopoulos, a seasoned thief (Abeckaser) trades in his criminal ways for a “normal” married life after falling in love with a single mother (Cassidy) that catches him off guard. But when tragedy strikes, he’s forced to take one last job to pay off old debts and keep his new family together, creating conflict all around him.

Abeckaser (directing credits: Mob Town, Blackjack: The Jackie Ryan Story, First We Take Brooklyn) also produced with Wild7Films’ Kyle Stefanski and Mike Hermosa, and Above the Clouds’ Jeff Hoffman. Executive producers are Katie Cassidy, Ron Rofe, Isaac Gindi, Eddie Gindi and Gustavo Nascimento.

 

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Robbie Amell & Stephen Amell To Star In ‘Code 8’ Sequel
By Amanda N'Duka    June 1, 2021
https://deadline.com/2021/06/robbie-amell-stephen-amell-code-8-part-ii-sequel-1234767130/ 

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EXCLUSIVE: Robbie Amell and Stephen Amell are expanding the Code 8 universe. After spearheading the crowd-funded original film, the cousins are set to reprise their roles in the sci-fi sequel Code 8: Part II. Jeff Chan is also returning to direct.

Chan also penned the screenplay with Chris Paré, who wrote Code 8, as well as Sherren Lee and Jesse LaVercombe. The plot centers on the 4% of people living in fictional Lincoln City who possess special abilities and are often confronted by advanced, militarized police technology. It’s a sci-fi fantasy about the extraordinary power that we as individuals hold, versus the technological superiority of the institutions that we live within.

The sequel follows the journey of a teenage girl fighting to get justice for her slain brother at the hands of corrupt police officers. After becoming a witness to the cover-up, she becomes a target and enlists the help of an ex-con (Robbie Amell) and his former partner-in-crime (Stephen Amell). Together, they face a highly regarded and well protected police sergeant who will use every tool to prevent himself from being exposed.
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XYZ Films is handling sales and will serve as executive producer. The film is set for a start date in the fourth quarter of this year.

 

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Two former Arrow stars have joined this series...

‘The Terminal List’: LaMonica Garrett, Alexis Louder & Tom Amandes To Recur In Amazon Thriller Series
By Alexandra Del Rosario    June 2, 2021
https://deadline.com/2021/06/the-terminal-list-amazon-lamonica-garrett-alexis-louder-tom-amandes-recur-1234767886/ 

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EXCLUSIVE: Amazon’s conspiracy thriller series The Terminal List welcomes a trio of actors to its cast with the addition of LaMonica Garrett, Alexis Louder and Tom Amandes in recurring roles.

They join previously announced regulars Chris Pratt, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Constance Wu, Riley Keough, Taylor Kitsch and Jeanne Tripplehorn.

Based on Jack Carr’s bestselling novel and written by David DiGilio, The Terminal List follows James Reece (Pratt) after his entire platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission. Reece returns home to his family with conflicting memories of the event and questions about his culpability. However, as new evidence comes to light, Reece discovers dark forces working against him, endangering not only his life but the lives of those he loves.
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LaMonica Garrett joins the cast as Commander Fox, a strong institutionalist who never loses sight of the greater mission — he preaches integrity, honor and trust, and knows a SEAL’s actions always reflect on the uniform. Cox remains a bulldog even in the face of imminent threat. He’s an institutionalist who never loses sight of the greater mission.
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Lastly, Amandes joins the cast as Vic, the father of Riley Keough’s Lauren Reece and father-in-law to Pratt’s James. Stoic in his grief, Vic remains strong for his family after tragedy. Beyond the strong exterior, he struggles with the unspeakable pain of not only losing his daughter but his young granddaughter as well.

 

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26 Summer Shows, No Mask Required
By Mike Hale    June 3, 2021
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/03/arts/television/summer-tv-shows-premiere.html 

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‘Heels’

A folksy family drama incongruously set in the world of professional wrestling. Alexander Ludwig (“Vikings”) plays the star of a small family-run circuit, and Stephen Amell (“Arrow”) plays the golden boy’s disgruntled, more responsible brother, who writes the scripts in which he casts himself as the hateful “heel.” (Starz, Aug. 15)

 

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Guests included KM and the other stars of Untitled Horror Movie (out June 12)...

Katherine McNamara, Emmy Raver-Lampman and Claire Holt Instagram Live with Tommy DiDario - June 5th
Golden Warrior    Jun 5, 2021

 

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VIdeo includes Beth Schwartz as co-showrunner of Sweet Tooth...

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I only quoted some nonspoilery comments by Beth Schwartz below (do not go to article link and read article if you don't want to be spoiled about Sweet Tooth's ending)...

SWEET TOOTH CREATORS UNPACK THE SHOW’S “SURREAL” COVID-19 CONNECTIONS
Isaac Feldberg    June 4, 2021
https://www.inverse.com/entertainment/sweet-tooth-ending-explained-interview 

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Beth Schwartz: I was finishing post-production on the final season of Arrow for The CW. I’d just had a baby, who was about six months old when I got a call from Warner Bros. They said, “You need to watch this pilot. We’d love for you to join the show, and we think you’re especially going to love it as a new mom.” They were 100 percent right! I watched Jim’s beautiful pilot, fell in love with Gus, and felt like it was so different from anything else I’d seen.
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BS: I’d just come from another comic-book adaptation, which was completely different. Obviously, it was a superhero show, and we had 23 episodes in a season and burned through plot in almost every one of them. That was something that Downey, Jim, and I had to figure out. What’s the rhythm of the first season? How much plot do we go through in an episode? It became clear in the beginning that this was all about character. Their emotions and what they were going through trumped our plot and how fast we burned through story.

Beth, coming off Arrow, was it difficult to adapt another comic away from that world?
BS:
For me, personally, it felt freeing to do something different. I was on Arrow for eight seasons, and I loved working on it. I definitely brought a lot of the tools I learned on Arrow over to Sweet Tooth. But it’s just such a different story in every way. Our hero is a child with antlers, and it’s tonally so different.

I don’t think we felt the pressure of adapting it to compete against other comic-book shows. We had such a rich IP that Jeff Lemire created, that we were able to take those characters and make it something of our own. As long as we all loved it, we were hopeful everyone else would feel the same.

 

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DR will appear as Diggle on Batwoman ep. 2x16 (Rebirth), airing Sunday, June 13 (after LoT)...

Batwoman 2x16 Promo "Rebirth" (HD) Season 2 Episode 16 Promo ft. David Ramsey
TV Promos   Jun 6, 2021

 

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ETA: I have not seen the first Code 8 movie and probably won't, unless it shows up on regular TV at some point.

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James Bamford makes his feature directorial debut...

Mickey Rourke, Mark Dacascos to Star in ‘Jade’ for Stuntman-Director James Bamford (EXCLUSIVE)
By Patrick Frater   June 9, 2021
https://variety.com/2021/film/asia/mickey-rourke-mark-dacascos-jade-james-bamford-1234992205/ 

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Rising star Shaina West will take the title role in “Jade,” an upcoming action-thriller that sets Mickey Rourke as an adversary and Mark Dacascos as an ally. The film is the feature debut of stuntman-turned producer and director James Bamford.

Hong Kong-, Paris- and Los Angeles-based All Rights Entertainment will handle rights sales and present the film to buyers at the upcoming pre-Cannes virtual market and at the Cannes Market.

“Jade” presents the story of a woman who comes between a powerful businessman and a gang leader in their search for a hard drive that could damage the operations of Interpol. Despite grieving for the brother she accidentally killed, the woman is required to use her unique set of skills to retrieve the drive and protect her brother’s unborn child being carried by another woman.
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The new film is written by writers Glenn Ennis and Lynn Colliar. Production by Tetrad Studios sees Roy Scott MacFarland and Sam Levine producing. Sophie Barry is the associate producer. Bamford, Kimberly Hines and Alex Toumayan are executive producers.

Production on “Jade” is set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The completed movie will be delivered by the first quarter of 2022.

 

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FYI, Michael Waldron, who was the head writer on Loki and who also wrote the script for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, was the original creator of SA's new series, Heels (on Starz)...
https://collider.com/michael-waldron-doctor-strange-2-loki-interview/

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How did you make the transition from working on Rick and Morty and what you've done thus far, to all of a sudden working on a Marvel show like Loki? It's not like you have such a long track record of running a show. I'm just curious how you make that jump.
WALDRON:
Yeah, look, for all you guys know, I'm a hack. I'm still an unknown quantity. It's great. I love it. I love existing in this mysterious space right now. Nobody knows what they're going to get. I mean, I was very fortunate. I had created a show called Heels in 2016 that we sold to Starz. In 2017, they picked it up to a mini room, to a writer's room, which I was the showrunner of, and I ran that room. We wrote the first season, and then we couldn't cast it, so the show didn't move forward.
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Was it because you just couldn't find your lead actor? What exactly happened?
WALDRON:
It was a combination of things. The biggest thing was we couldn't get the network to settle on who they wanted to cast in those two lead roles, the roles that eventually Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig came to play, because in a show about pro wrestlers, physicality is so important, believable physicality has to be paired with great acting talent and it's just that's tough to figure out. So it was a combination of that, Lionsgate was just in the process of absorbing Starz and everything. Glow had just come out, so it felt like there was a wrestling show. So there was just a lot of factors that came together, probably one of which I was a first time showrunner who, in a lot of ways, didn't quite know how to navigate that political landscape. I was just trying to execute my vision in the best way I could.

 

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Lyra (Fangirlish) interviewed KM about filming Untitled Horror Movie during the pandemic...

Katherine McNamara Discusses Filming on Her Own
Fangirlish   Jun 15, 2021

 

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'American Horror Story’ Season 10 Enlists Neal McDonough
By Anthony D'Alessandro     June 15, 2021
https://deadline.com/2021/06/american-horror-story-season-10-enlists-neal-mcdonough-1234775796/ 

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EXCLUSIVE:  Sources tell us that Yellowstone alum Neal McDonough is set to play the series regular role of Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower in Season 10 of Ryan Murphy’s FX series American Horror Story: Double Feature.

We’re hearing that it’s not the 34th U.S. President that McDonough is playing, but rather a character with the same name.

McDonough joins an ensemble of fresh and also familiar faces in Season 10 including Macaulay Culkin, Frances Conroy, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Adina Porter, Lily Rabe, Angelica Ross and Finn Wittrock. AHS: Double Feature will consist of two stories: one by the sea, one by the sand. The series premieres Wednesday, August 25 on FX and will be available to stream the next day on FX on Hulu.
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McDonough recently wrapped filming and executive producing Boon, in which he also stars. He also recently shot the Screen Gems reboot Resident Evil: Raccoon City. His feature credits include Monsters of Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Warrant, Captain America, Minority Report and Game Over, Man! His TV credits include Robert Zemeckis’ Project Blue Book and Netflix’s Altered Carbon.

 

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James Bamford makes his feature directorial debut...

Mickey Rourke, Mark Dacascos to Star in ‘Jade’ for Stuntman-Director James Bamford (EXCLUSIVE)
By Patrick Frater   June 9, 2021
https://variety.com/2021/film/asia/mickey-rourke-mark-dacascos-jade-james-bamford-1234992205/ 

 

I wonder how much shaky cam work it will have.

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Heels Creator Michael Waldron Discusses Amell/Ludwig, Sting & More
Posted on June 18, 2021 by Jimmy Leszczynski
https://bleedingcool.com/tv/heels-creator-michael-waldron-discusses-amell-ludwig-sting-more/ 

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Premiering August 15th on Starz, Heels is the story about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small-town pro wrestling. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy and somebody must play their nemesis, the "Heel". But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to and hard to leave behind. Creator and Executive Producer Michael Waldron has skyrocketed in recent years as a writer in Hollywood. His career began as an assistant for Dan Harmon on Community, which would lead him to an Emmy for his season four work on Rick and Morty. All this hard work paid off for Waldron and he is now the head writer on Marvel's Loki, currently writing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness for Sam Raimi, has a Star Wars project with Marvel head Kevin Feige (The Mandolorian, Black Widow), and has scored an overall deal with Disney. The eight- episode Starz series Heels, set in a family-owned wrestling promotion within a close-knit Georgia community, showcases the drama both in and outside the ring.
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Bleeding Cool: You have been working on this project [Heels] for quite a while now. Why has it taken so long to bring this to the screen?
Michael Waldron:
It was 2017. They picked it up to a writers' room, a mini room, and I ran that. … We wrote the first season but couldn't cast it, couldn't find the right actors to satisfy the network to play those two main parts, and so the show went on a shelf.  And I went off and I worked on Rick and Morty and then in 2019 I took over and was doing Loki and that was when Starz approached me about reviving it and you know they brought on Mike O'Malley (Snowpiercer, Glee) who had created Survivor's Remorse for them, as the showrunner and he kind of took the reigns, and I passed the baton to him.
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BC: You mentioned the casting, How did you get stars Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig? Was there any overlap with "Arrow"?
MW:
He had just wrapped on Arrow. It was, you know, really the stars aligned because Steven is such a tremendous actor. Coming off of Arrow obviously, he's got a huge following but he's just a huge wrestling fan. He's been in the ring. He's wrestled before with WWE and was involved with AEW and so getting him was huge. And then getting Alexander Ludwig, coming off of Vikings to play his brother, his baby brother Ace. It was like suddenly we had just the two perfect guys for these roles. Not just in terms of physicality but in terms of just great dramatic acting chops. So yeah, it all came together around the two of them. 

 

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Annie Ilonzeh played Joanna on Arrow (S1 and S2) and Moira Kirland was a producer on Arrow (S1)...

Annie Ilonzeh to Star in NBC’s ‘Getaway’
BY LESLEY GOLDBERG    JUNE 18, 2021 
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/annie-ilonzeh-nbc-getaway-1234970539/ 

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Annie Ilonzeh is headed back to NBC.

The Chicago Fire alum has been tapped to topline the network’s drama pilot Getaway.

From The Blacklist exec producers John Davis and John Fox and writers JJ Bailey and Moira Kirland, Getaway follows a destination wedding at an isolated luxury resort that quickly descends into chaos after a group of dangerous criminals takes the island hostage. The small group of guests, led by a fearless female Army vet, will do everything they can to stay alive.

Ilonzeh will star as Tessa Carrillo, a physically tough Army medical vet who at 18 put her career dreams on hold after her parents died to take care of her younger sister, Grace. Although the siblings are now on different paths, with Grace marrying a political scion, Tessa is attending her wedding in the hopes she can relax and reconnect with her sister.
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Getaway is among the pilots still in contention at NBC, which like other networks, is shifting to a year-round development model. Getaway is being eyed for midseason.

 

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If you want to watch Colin Donnell in a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie, watch him and his wife, Patti Murin, tonight (June 20) in To Catch A Spy...

Where Was ‘To Catch a Spy’ Filmed? Locations & Cast Stories
By Stephanie Dube Dwilson    Jun 19, 2021
https://heavy.com/entertainment/hallmark/to-catch-a-spy/ 

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Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is airing a new mystery movie on Sunday, June 20, called “To Catch a Spy.” The movie, which stars Nathalie Kelley, Colin Donnell, and Patti Murin, premieres at 9 p.m. Eastern, with encores airing throughout the month. See all the details on where the movie was filmed and the cast who brought the movie to life.
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The synopsis reads: “A travel writer witnesses a murder at a hotel in Malta and becomes ensnared in a web of intrigue and espionage as she tries to find the killer before the killer finds her.”

Preview - To Catch a Spy - Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Hallmark Movies and Mysteries   Jun 2, 2021

On Location - To Catch a Spy - Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Hallmark Movies and Mysteries   Jun 15, 2021

 

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