Kerry Washington is executive producing a new show for Facebook
Facebook just scored a big win in its effort to rule Hollywood.
Kerry Washington, the star of Scandal, is among the executive producers for a new drama series in production for the social networking giant, Variety reported Tuesday. The news comes just a day after Netflix revealed its plan to release around 80 original movies in 2018.
The show will be a part of Facebook Watch, the company’s initiative to host original shows (Mashable is a partner). The project formally launched in September. So far, media outlets like Group Nine, Tastemade, and Humans of New York have been debuting weekly episodes. The site’s new video tab for Watch also hosts live videos of sports games and other events.
The series titled Five Points is about five high school students living on the South Side of Chicago. The cast includes Hayley Kiyoko of CSI: Cyber and former Disney Channel star Madison Pettis, according to Variety. Washington along with Jon Avnet and Jake Avnet of Indigenous Media will be executive producers.
“Five Points’ unique format, designed to engage the community in social conversation, makes it a perfect fit for Facebook’s new Watch platform,” said Avnet, COO of Indigenous Media, in a statement.
Facebook has been after ambitious projects with star-studded casts and producers as it competes with the likes of HBO, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and traditional cable networks. These younger entertainment networks have been making a significant dent in Hollywood. Amazon has earned Emmy awards for Transparent. Hulu has won for The Handmaid’s Tale. Netflix has Stranger Things and The Crown among others.
There’s no premiere date for Five Points, yet. The series is going into production now, according to a Facebook spokesperson.
The British reality dating show that you need to start watching immediately
“At precisely 9 p.m. every night for the next three months, just as the sun is setting over the United Kingdom, Twitter comes alive.
There’s nothing in the water and we certainly can’t blame it on the weather. It’s all because of Love Island, a British reality dating show that currently has the nation transfixed. Brits are gripped by the action unfolding on their television screens, and they begin flooding Twitter with their feelings using the #LoveIsland hashtag.
So, what the hell is Love Island? Well, in a nutshell, it’s Britain’s answer to the U.S.’s Bachelor In Paradise. The only difference is that the show airs every single night for three drama-packed months.
The new season of Love Island — which began one week ago — kicked off with the arrival of 11 strangers comprising six men and five women. The women arrive first and exchange hugs with their fellow contestants. Then, as the men arrive one-by-one, the ladies step forward when they see someone they like the look of.
Much like Bachelor in Paradise, the power alternates between the male and female contestants each week. Now, if that sentence….”
Game of Thrones prequel series ordered from George RR Martin and Jane Goldman
HBO has given a pilot order to a series set thousands of years before the hit show with Kick-Ass and Kingsman screenwriter Jane Goldman as showrunner
“HBO has given an official pilot order to their first Game of Thrones prequel series.
The as-yet-untitled show will be co-created by original author George RR Martin and Jane Goldman who will act as showrunner. Goldmans screenwriting credits include Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service.
The series will be set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones and will chronicle the worlds descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. HBO has released the following logline: Only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend its not the story we think we know….”
Kenan Thompson explains why he ‘fears’ leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’
Kenan Thompson is afraid of what comes after Saturday Night Live for him, and we get it.
“The length of Kenan Thompson’s tenure on Saturday Night Live has become a running joke on Saturday Night Live. And he knows it.
During Donald Glover’s recent monologue, Thompson acknowledged just how long it’s been since he first auditioned in 2003. After entering his 15th season in 2017, he became the longest-serving cast member, dethroning previous record holder Darrell Hammond.
The fact that he’s stayed on is impressive — but the consensus is that if you’re not leaving SNL, you probably don’t have anywhere better to go. Or something else is holding you back
In a Hollywood Reporter interview, Thompson explained….”
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