EXCLUSIVE: Netflix is going global with its first major release under its initiative to add stand-up specials and documentaries to its original programming slate. The streaming service will be the exclusive home of comedy special Notorious and docu-series Russell Peters Vs. The World toplined by international stand-up star Peters. The 70-minute stand-up comedy performance and four-part docu-series following Peters on his global Notorious tour will premiere October 14 and be available to stream in all territories where Netflix is available — the U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Latin America, the Nordics and the Netherlands. A little over a month after Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells signaled in a letter to shareholders the company’s plan to expand into original stand-up specials and documentaries, the company’s efforts in the arena are in full swing. Just last week, Netflix announced special Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive, which will follow Notorious as the company’s second original stand-up special on November 1. Peters was chosen to kick off Netflix’s foray into the comedy specials area, dominated by HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime, because of his global appeal and the company plans to back up the release of Notorious and Russell Peters Vs. the World with a large-scale marketing campaign. “Russell Peters has achieved what few comedians ever manage in their careers,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “He transcends cultural, regional and even language borders.” Netflix’s library includes three previous Russell Peters specials, Russell Peters: Red, White And Brown, Russell Peters: The Green Card Tour, and Russell Peters: Outsourced. “Peters has proven popular with Netflix subscribers in every territory we operate in,” Sarandos said.
Netflix Sets Up Russell Peters Special & Docu-Series To Kick Off Service’s Expansion Into Stand-Up Specials & Documentaries
EXCLUSIVE: Laz Alonso (Breakout Kings) is set as the male lead opposite Meagan Good in NBC’s drama pilot Notorious, from Universal TV and BermanBraun. Written by Liz Heldens, Notorious is described as an opulent soap in which detective Joanna Locasto (Good) returns undercover to the wealthy and troubled Lawson family she grew up in — as the housekeeper’s daughter — to solve the murder of celebutante Vivian Lawson, who was once her closest friend. Alonzo, repped by ICM, Thruline and attorney Rick Genow, will play NYPD detective Will Sacovitch who recruits former flame Joanna to infiltrate the Lawson home, in the hope of finding evidence that Vivian was murdered. He segues to Notorious from A&E’s Breakout Kings.
Camille Guaty has landed the fourth lead in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Let It Go. The Sony TV-produced project, written by DJ Nash, is an ensemble comedy about a married couple (Zachary Levi, Kat Foster) his best friend (Joel David Moore) and her sister (Guaty), who loves to text and gossip, as they try to navigate, negotiate and sometimes manipulate society’s unspoken rules. Guaty is with APA, Impression Entertainment and attorney Brad Small.
Saturday Night Live alumna Jenny Slate has been cast as a lead opposite Rebel Wilson in CBS’ comedy pilot Super Fun Night. The project, written by Wilson and produced by Warner Bros TV and Conan O’Brien’s Conaco, follows three nerdy female friends — Kimmie (Wilson), Helen-Alice (Slate) and Marika — on their “funcomfortable” quest to have super fun every Friday night. Helen-Alice is Kimmie’s super-smart best friend and roommate who thinks the pinnacle of fun is staying in on Friday nights to eat pizza and watch dorky movies. Slate, repped by WME and 3 Arts, recurred on Bored To Death and most recently voiced a character in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.
EXCLUSIVE: In her first series regular gig, Meagan Good has been tapped as the lead of NBC’s drama pilot Notorious, from Universal TV and BermanBraun. Written by Liz Heldens, Notorious is described as an opulent soap in which detective Joanna Locasto (Good) returns undercover to the wealthy and troubled Lawson family she grew up in — as the housekeeper’s daughter — to solve the murder of celebutante Vivian Lawson, who was once her closest friend. Good, reppped by Gersh and Untitled, is doing a season-long arc on Showtime’s Californication and has movie Think Like A Man coming out April 20. It has been a strong season for diversity in casting the leads of drama pilots. In addition to Notorious, two other hourlong pilots, Fox’s Guilty and ABC’s Last Resort, are toplined by Black actors, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Andre Braugher, respectively. Additionally, Amber Stevens plays the lead in the CW’s Joey Dakota, Jessica Lucas is the star of the CW’s Cult, and ABC’s Devious Maids has four Latina actresses as its leads. Meanwhile, Kerry Washington is the star of ABC’s upcoming midseason drama series Scandal.
Katherine LaNasa and Neil Jackson have been cast in NBC’s drama pilot Notorious, from Universal TV and BermanBraun. Written by Liz Heldens, it is described as an opulent soap in which a female detective returns undercover to the wealthy and troubled Lawson family she grew up in — as the maid’s daughter — to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend. LaNasa will play the beautiful, elegant sharp-tongued Sofia Lawson, the second wife of the patriarch Robert Lawson (Victor Garber), who is used to managing the family crises with ruthless expertise. Jackson will play the handsome, sexy and smart bad boy of the family who has returned home for the funeral. Jackson, repped by IFA, Flutie Entertainment and Trioka, will next be seen in Upstairs Downstairs 2. IFA-repped LaNasa, repped by IFA, will next be seen in the features Dogfight, Frozen Ground and Jayne Mansfield’s Car.
Anna Camp, who just completed a major arc on CBS’ The Good Wife as Alicia’s (Julianna Margulies) mentee-turned rival, is set to co-star in Kaling’s Fox single-camera comedy pilot, in which Kaling stars as Mira, a young Bridget Jones-type Ob/Gyn balancing her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office. Camp will play Mira’s former college roommate and best friend.
Alias and Eli Stone alum Victor Garber has been tapped to star in NBC’s drama pilot Notorious, from Universal TV and BermanBraun. Written by Liz Heldens, it is described as an opulent soap in which a female detective returns undercover to the wealthy Lawson family she grew up in — as the maid’s daughter — to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend. Paradigm-repped Garber will play Robert Lawson, the patriarch of the family and CEO of Lawson Pharmaceuticals. A spectacularly wealthy man with a mansion in Greenwich, Conn., Robert has four children, a second wife and a mistress, and he expects immediate obedience from everyone within his circle of family and friends.
Rachael Taylor has landed a lead role in ABC’s drama pilot 666 Park Avenue. Based on the Alloy book series by Gabriella Pierce, the project centers on a young couple (Taylor, Dave Annable) who accept an offer to manage one of the most historic apartment buildings in New York City. Unwittingly, they begin to experience supernatural occurrences that complicate and endanger the lives of everyone in the building. Terry O’Quinn plays the building’s owner. This is Taylor’s third consecutive major series gig at ABC — she played one of the three leads on Charlie’s Angels this season and recurred on Grey’s Anatomy.
NBC has pulled the trigger on a 13-episode order to Hannibal, a straight-to-series project from Gaumont International Television, written and executive produced by Bryan Fuller and executive produced by Martha DeLaurentiis. The project is described as a contemporary thriller series featuring the classic characters from Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon – FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter – who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship. The project was bought by NBC preemptively in November with a script against a 13-episode commitment, meaning that the project wouldn’t go through a pilot stage but straight to series if NBC brass liked the script. The network had a short window after receiving Fuller’s script to pick up the series, which it just did. This marks the second series order for GIT, launched in September with Katie O’Connell as CEO. The company also has a 13-episode pickup at Netflix for Hemlock Grove, an hourlong thriller/horror series executive produced and directed by Eli Roth. In addition to Hannibal, Fuller also has the Munsters reboot in the works at NBC. The pilot, Mockingbird Lane, was recently pushed to June because of difficulties with casting.
Also today, NBC gave a very late pilot order to Notorious, from Universal TV and BermanBraun. It is described as an opulent soap in which a female detective returns undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in – as the maid’s daughter – …