Tuesday, July 9, 2019

"One Day At A Time"s Justina Machado To Produce & Direct An Episode In Season 4

Justina Machado is expanding her role on the upcoming fourth season of One Day At A Time on its new network Pop. In addition to reprising her starring role of Penelope, Machado will receive a producer credit and will direct one episode in Season 4.

Pop has ordered a 13-episode fourth season of the Norman Lear comedy to debut in 2020.

The pickup, announced yesterday, comes three months after Netflix in March canceled One Day at a Time, a reimagining of the classic Norman Lear sitcom, triggering outpouring of support from fans who rallied behind the multi-generational comedy starring Machado and Rita Moreno.

In an interview with Deadline (you can read it here), One Day At a Time developers, executive producers and showrunners Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce discussed their plans for Season 4, which will touch on politics as it will air during an election year, and switching from a binge model to airing once a week.

Machado also is known for her roles as Darci Factor on the CW’s Jane the Virgin, Vanessa Diaz on HBO’s Six Feet Under, and Brenda on the USA drama Queen of the South.

Netflix Picks Up Teen Supernatural Thriller "The A List"

UK-produced teen drama The A List is heading to Netflix in the US and around the world after being picked up by the streaming platform.

The supernatural thriller – previously on BBC iPlayer – is set in what appears to be an idyllic summer camp, but dark secrets will turn the holiday of a lifetime into a twisted nightmare.

Mia (Lisa Ambalavanar) thinks she's all set for a summer of sun, romance and social dominance, but the late arrival of mysterious new girl Amber (Ellie Duckles) disrupts everything.

Amber is confident, glamorous and effortlessly charming and as Mia arrives at camp expecting to be Queen Bee, she instantly hates her. Determined to get either herself or Amber sent home, Mia tries a new approach as the camp votes for their Midsummer Queen.

Slowly Mia's former followers defect to Amber's side and Mia starts to suspect that there's much more at stake than a popularity contest. Amber is not a normal girl, she has powers, they are growing and they are dangerous…

Written by Dan Berlinka and Nina Metivier (Doctor Who), the 13-part series was produced by Kindle Entertainment and originally available to stream on BBC iPlayer last October.

Ironically, however, The A List will now be available on Netflix everywhere except the UK.

On the move to the streaming giant, Kindle Entertainment executive producer Anne Brogan said: "The A List is an intense and powerfully addictive drama for teen audiences everywhere.

"Dan and Nina have created a dark and compelling world brought to life by incredible performances from the show’s incredible young cast. We’re thrilled that Netflix is introducing this haunting psychodrama to a global audience."

"Blood & Treasure" Renewed For Season 2 By CBS

Amid strong ratings, CBS has ordered a second season of its hit summer action-adventure series Blood & Treasure, from CBS TV Studios and Propagate.

The series, which premiered May 21, is currently the No. 1 new summer scripted series with 5.71 million viewers. It has improved its time period by +17% over the same time slot in summer 2018.

Blood & Treasure is a fun, escapist adventure with comedic elements filmed in multiple locales around the world that has been a great performer and a wonderful addition to our summer schedule,” said Amy Reisenbach, Executive Vice President, Current Programs, CBS Entertainment. “We’ve heard the story pitch for season two and look forward to seeing all-new exploits from Russia to Southeast Asia next year.”

Starring Matt Barr and Sofia Pernas, Blood & Treasure is a globe-trotting action-adventure drama about a brilliant antiquities expert and a cunning art thief who team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. Danny McNamara (Barr) is a former FBI agent specializing in stolen arts and antiquities. Lexi Vaziri (Pernas) is a resourceful art thief who is haunted by the tragic loss of her father, which she blames on Danny. As they crisscross the world hunting their target, Danny and Lexi unexpectedly find themselves at the center of a 2,000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization.

The series also stars Michael James Shaw, Katia Winter, James Callis, Oded Fehr, Alicia Coppola and Mark Gagliardi.