This week, in TV news: Sarah Jessica Parker returns to New York City, Aquaman heads to the Wild West and Noah Hawley shapes up to tackle a literary legend.
Sarah Jessica Parker Shooting New HBO Show
More than 11 years since she last threw on a pair of wildly expensive pumps as Carrie Bradshaw in HBO’s Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker was back strutting her stuff on the sidewalks of New York this week as filming for her new HBO series Divorce kicked off in the city. Following the trials and tribulations of Frances (Parker) as she tries to start life a fresh after the break-up of her failing marriage, the comedy is penned by Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan. Expect it on our screens sometime next year.
Cary Elwes Joins Lena Dunham’s Max
In other HBO news, Cary Elwes and Mary Birdsong have joined the cast of Lena Dunham’s comedy pilot Max. Taking place in 1963, the project centres on the struggles of second-wave feminism through the eyes of Zoe Kazan’s Maxine Woodruff, an enthusiastic if misguided magazine writer who stumbles into the forefront of the civil rights movement. Elwes will play Max’s magazine editor Ken Reece, while Birdsong features as Sue, the publication’s only other female writer. Dunham will direct the pilot episode based on a script penned by Murray Miller.
John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant Join Dream Corp, LLC
Despite having already worked together (albeit in a star/executive producer capacity) on the American adaptation of The Office, John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant clearly feel there’s plenty more LOLs to drawn from the mundanity of the 9-to-5. They’ve signed up to produce workplace comedy Dream Corp, LLC for Adult Swim. Created by Daniel Stessen, the animated series will follow a rotating cast of desperate patients inside a neglected dream facility as they’re analysed by an absent minded professor and his team of unremarkable scientists.
Jason Momoa Heads for Frontier
He’s about to don the mantle of Aquaman in Zack Snyder’s rapidly expanding DC Cinematic Universe, but Jason Momoa’s next project will see him trade scales and tridents for a Stetson and a six-shooter as he’s just signed up to star in Netflix’s ambitious western Frontier. The “action-packed” series takes place in the 18th Century and will follow the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade. San Andreas’ Brad Peyton is also on board to direct the six-part series with a worldwide release planned for 2016.
Noah Hawley Tackles Cat’s Cradle
Having successfully adapted the Coen Brothers, Noah Hawley is now ready to step it up a notch by taking on Kurt Vonnegut. The creator of FX series Fargo has signed up to write and produce a limited series based on the author’s acclaimed 1963 novel Cat’s Cradle, which takes a satirical look at the Cold War arms race and the religious beliefs of the era.
Given the way he miraculously translated the Coen’s indelible style and atmosphere into an original story with Fargo, it’ll be exciting to see how Hawley tackles Vonnegut’s challenging and deeply satirical material, especially as this is the first of his novels to be adapted for TV. The writer is certainly in demand by FX these days as he’s also writing X-Men spinoff series Legion for the network.