The ladies are taking over TV!
Amid recent (and very exciting) casting announcements, ET’s breaking down all the fabulous females you’ll see in starring television roles over the next few years.
After making a splash on Big Little Lies, ET has learned that the 50-year-old Australian actress has signed on to star in another HBO limited series, The Undoing. Kidman will star as Grace Sachs, a therapist who is weeks away from publishing her first book when she’s rocked by tragedies, including her husband’s disappearance and a gruesome death. She will also serve as executive producer alongside Bruna Papandrea.
Created by David E. Kelley (who also penned Big Little Lies), the psychological thriller is based on the book “You Should Have Known” by Jean Hanff Korelitz.
“David has created another propulsive series with a fascinating, complicated female role at its center,” Kidman said in a statement to ET earlier this week. “I’m excited and honored to continue collaborating with HBO and David E. Kelley.”
In addition to The Undoing, Kidman will reprise her role as Celeste Wright when season two of Big Little Lies returns to the network sometime in 2019. Kidman’s co-star, Reese Witherspoon, revealed that production will begin next week.
Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington
Kidman isn’t the only face from Big Little Lies that we’ll see in another show, however. Witherspoon is teaming up with Scandal actress Kerry Washington for a new limited Hulu series they’ll both star in and executive produce. The series, titled Little Fires Everywhere, is an adaptation of Celeste Ng’s bestselling novel of the same name.
Alongside ABC Signature Studios, Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine production company and Washington’s Simpson Street will produce the series, while Casual showrunner, Liz Tigelaar, will write and serve as showrunner and executive producer.
“At Hello Sunshine, we strive to shine a light on female-driven stories that are rooted in inspiration, emotion and truth — all of which form the bedrock of Celeste Ng’s ingenious work,” Witherspoon said in a statement. “Hulu has a rich history of transforming groundbreaking literature into groundbreaking television, and we are confident that their talented team will use this story to spur a long-overdue dialogue around race, class, and what it means to be a mother. With Kerry Washington, Liz Tigelaar and now Hulu, Hello Sunshine has brought together a dream lineup of creative collaborators, and we are privileged and humbled to have the opportunity to work with them to bring this important project to life.”
Washington echoed that sentiment, saying in her own statement, “As producers, we at Simpson Street are so proud to be part of this team to tell this extraordinary story inspired by Celeste Ng’s phenomenal novel and we are thrilled to be embarking on this journey with Hulu. As an actress, I am floored to have the opportunity to work alongside Reese Witherspoon exploring the rich themes of this story playing these dynamic characters.”
Get excited, Beverly Hills, 90210 fans! The 44-year-old actress and her former co-star/longtime friend, Jennie Garth, are getting back together for a new series based on the popular ’90s drama series.
Though the untitled project is still in the early stages of development, Spelling did tease a production meeting she had with Garth at the CBS Studio Center lot in Los Angeles via Instagram over the weekend.
“#back2work great creative day yesterday with my #partnerincrime @jenniegarth #90210vibes #donnaandkellyforver #besties,” Spelling captioned it.
The former Vampire Diaries star is making her return to TV, but this time, she’ll take on a comedic role! Dobrev will play the lead character of Clem in CBS’ multi-camera comedy, Fam.
Deadline reports that Clem is “grounded, deeply funny, quick-witted and outspoken,” but was “a bit of a hot mess in her younger years.” Since then, she’s been working to be the best version of herself and is on cloud nine when the love of her life, Jay, asks her to marry him. But all that becomes chaos when her half-sister returns to town and Clem’s lies, including one about her father’s death, are exposed, putting her future with Jay in danger.
The project comes from writer Corinne Kingsbury, Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios, with Scott Ellis as director.
Alyson Hannigan and Leslie Bibb
According to Deadline, these talented actresses are teaming up for ABC’s latest comedy pilot, Man of the House, a series that revolves around two recently divorced sisters, Charli and Jessie, who decide to move in together to raise their kids in one house.
Bibb will portray Charli, who the network describes as a beautiful, narcissistic, possibly sociopathic man-eater who is surprisingly vulnerable underneath, while Hannigan will take on the role of Jessie, the family’s rock.
The series will be produced by Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group, ABC Studios and Washington’s Simpson Street, with Richie Keen (Shameless, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as director.
ET reported earlier this week that True Blood stars turned real-life l
Paquin has signed on to star in Pop TV’s first scripted drama series, Flack, as Robyn, an American public relations executive living in London and working with stars of entertainment, sports and fashion. Paquin, 35, will also serve as one of the executive producers on the series, alongside her husband and former co-star, Moyer, 48.
“My character, Robyn, exists in a world where there are no moral absolutes and humor is used as a sharply executed defense mechanism to maintain the illusion of perpetual control,” Paquin said in a statement to ET. “I am incredibly excited about tackling the creative complexities of Flack as an actress and for my company CASM’s collaboration with Pop.”
“Enchante” is one of the first music videos that Fergie has released since announcing her split from husband Josh Duhamel.
“We’re great friends, Josh and I, there’s so much love that we have for each other,” Fergie told ET in an exclusive interview earlier this week. “We really like each other, we have fun with each other. We’re just not a romantic couple anymore.”
Check out more of our chat with the newly single singer:
Beth Dover’s been acting all of her life, but thanks to Orange Is the New Black, she’s discovered a newfound fame.
The 38-year-old actress recently called ET from her closet (yes, her “very cool closet”… she said her bedroom was recently converted), where she opened up about playing the character everyone loves to hate: Linda from purchasing.
“I have some type of weird empathy for Linda,” said Dover, who got her start as a child star, appearing in shows like Keenan & Kel, Welcome Freshmen and Guiding Light. “I know she’s not the most likable character, but I like to think of her as a survivor just trying to ride up the corporate ranks, even though she has some type of sociopath tendencies.”
As fans of the popular Netflix prison dramedy know, Dover’s role in season five completely changed as Linda traded in her blazer and pencil skirt for a prison uniform two times too big for her in order to go undercover as an inmate when a riot broke out in Litchfield Penitentiary.
“It definitely felt like the first day of school because during season four, I was really just working with Nick Sandow [Joe Caputo] and wasn’t in the prison at all,” she explained. “So when I came to set for season five, I was nervous. It’s one of those very tight-knit casts that have been together for five seasons. I was coming in thinking, ‘Oh, I hope everyone likes me.’ And all my nerves were unfounded. Everyone is so cool.”
In addition to seeing Linda behind bars, fans also got a glimpse of her sorority girl backstory and her flirty hookups with Boo, portrayed by Lea DeLaria. Dover describes her co-star as “just this rad activist, cool woman,” telling ET the two have become close pals who frequently hang out off-set.
“Lea is a lesbian icon,” she gushed. “I did not see that storyline coming, but it was so fun. And Lea is so great, she’s such a great scene partner, she’s so funny. We really had the best time on set.”
At the time of filming season five of Orange, Dover had just given birth to her first child, Eli. She and her newborn temporarily relocated to New York City for six months to shoot the series, while her husband, actor Joe Lo Truglio, stayed in Los Angeles to film Brooklyn Nine Nine. She tells ET he would visit every three weeks during his show’s hiatus.
“This past year shooting Orange with a newborn baby was super intense,” Dover admitted. “I look back on that experience and say, ‘If I can do that, I can do anything.”
“Since having Eli, life has definitely changed, but for the better,” she continued. “It’s just enriched my life. I’ve experienced such love and I think it’s opened my heart. I almost want to cry just saying it but he’s simply the best. They say babies bring blessings and I have definitely found that to be true.”
Luckily, Dover and Lo Truglio were able to spend much more time together while filming scenes for Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later, the sequel to the classic 2001 comedy, which is now streaming on Netflix. They also starred in the prequel, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, released in 2015.
“It was just really good to get to hang out with my husband for a couple of days,” Dover said, laughing. “Most of my scenes are with Joe, and I love acting with him, it’s so fun! But listen, everyone is so happy to be there. People bend over backwards to continue to be a part of this project because they love it and they love everyone involved. Everyone’s the best. Funniest people ever.”
Christopher Meloni, Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pine and Paul Rudd are just a few of those funny people who fans will get to see onscreen together once more.
“I’m just beyond excited about this [sequel] because the original movie is one of my favorite movies of all time,” Dover said. “Even before I knew all of those guys, I was watching that movie with my friends and quoting it for years, so the fact that I even get to be a small part in it is just like a total dream come true. I just loved the intentional silliness of the movie and I think the Netflix series, both of them, have really just kept that same tone while moving everything forward.”
When asked if she was a camp kid in real life back in the day, Dover told ET that she once went to Brownie camp for a week — but it was “horrible!”
“I didn’t get to go to one of these cool Wet Hot camps where people make lifetime friends… I wish,” she revealed. “A bunch of the cast did, which is why this series was made, but my experience was the worst. They made us clean the bathrooms, I remember singing Annie’s ‘It’s A Hard-Knock Life’ when we were cleaning. It was not great. I did not have a great camp experience, but Wet Hot made up for that.”
Before our chat ended, we had to ask Dover what would happen if the ladies of Litchfield spent a day at Camp Firewood. Here’s what she said:
ET: Who would be the camp MVP?
Dover: I’m going to go with Lea DeLaria, Boo, because she’s a people gatherer. She’ll start the party, start the text chain for brunch, like, ‘Hey, let’s all go here.’ I feel like she would really bring us all together as a group.
Which character do you think would stay most true to themselves at camp?
Hmm, that’s a tough one. But I think I’m going to go with Natasha’s Lyonne’s character, Nicky. Yeah.
Who could you see striking up a camp romance?
Ooh, that’s good! I could see Yael Stone’s character, Lorna Morello, with Ken Marino’s character, Victor. Lorna needs a good guy. I feel like he could be the guy for her!
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