Change is a coming in Hollywood and it’s being driven by a stellar cast of female writers, directors, producers and stars, all on a mission to create more opportunities and better working environments for women in the entertainment industry.
Aside from striving for gender equality, these ladies are making must-watch TV, which we’re super excited about and can’t wait to get bingeing. Here are just five such soon-to-be headline-making shows that you should look out for…
This upcoming Netflix drama was created and written by Leah Rachel, marking her biggest project yet, following various acting and short film directing credits. Starring Uma Thurman, Chambers tells the story of a girl who receives a new heart and delves into the mystery of the heart donor, who died suddenly and suspiciously. The real creepiness starts when the receiver of the new heart starts taking on sinister characteristics from its previous owner… eek!
Add Chambers to your list on Netflix and be the first to know when it’s dropping on the service.
Little Fires Everywhere
Executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere is an adaptation of Celeste Ng’s book, with US streaming service hulu ordering an eight-episode limited series. Reese and Kerry will also be starring in the series, which tells the story of artist/single mum Mia Warren, who moves to a seemingly perfect Cleveland suburb with her teen daughter Pearl.
The mother-daughter duo rent a house from Elena Richardson, whose family soon befriends the Warrens, not quite aware of the baggage that Mia hasn’t truly left behind. While there’s no word on who Kerry and Reese will portray on the show, it’s presumed that they’ll take on the lead roles, with additional casting TBA. After the success of Reese’s Big Little Lies, we’re beyond excited for this one.
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Y’all! I’m so excited to tell you that @kerrywashington and I will be bringing Little Fires Everywhere to the screen together ! 🔥🔥🔥I love this beautiful book about motherhood 💖and I can’t wait to finally collaborate with one of my favorite actresses. @hellosunshine Link in bio for details !
Inspired by Nick Hornby’s novel, a High Fidelity TV series is in the works, with Disney snapping it up for their upcoming streaming service. Written by Sarah Kucserka and Veronica West, the new High Fidelity will reportedly have a romantic comedy vibe, switching out the male protagonist from the book (and movie) for a female record store owner.
While the show is still very much at the pre-production stage, it’s definitely one to watch out for, with Kucserka and West having previously collabed on Ugly Betty, Hart Of Dixie and Brothers & Sisters.
The Central Park Five
One-woman powerhouse Ava DuVernay has created four-part drama Central Park Five, which tells the (true) story of five Harlem teens who were wrongly convicted for the 1989 rape of a jogger, in NYC’s famous Central Park.
It took until 2014 for all five to clear their names, with Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise spending years behind bars, before eventually receiving a $40million settlement from New York City. Ava’s series will land on Netflix in 2019 with an insane cast, including Storm Reid, Felicity Huffman and Joshua Jackson, to name but a few.
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Thrilled to announce new members of the cast family for our series chronicling the Central Park Five. Actors I’ve had the pleasure of working with before like Adepero Oduye and Bill Sadler. Actors I’ve wanted to work with like Josh Jackson and Famke Janssen. New actors I’m excited to get to know like Aurora Perrineau. And my brother Omar Dorsey and long-time friend, the great Blair Underwood. Grateful for each one. For the culture. For justice! 👊🏾
Another one to add to your List on Netflix.
If you follow Erin Foster (or her sister Sara) on Instagram, you’ll already be familiar with the comedy pilot she’s been writing, currently titled Daddy Issues. Loosely based on the Barely Famous star’s life, Erin is the creator and star, with her character Andi having to deal with her dad dating her best friend. Yikes!
Those of you who are less familiar with Erin might be interested to know her real life dad is David Foster, musician and former stepdad to Gigi, Bella and Anwar Hadid. He’s now dating Katherine McPhee, who is 34 years his junior – half his age, actually – so it makes all the sense that he’s Erin’s writing inspiration.
Daddy Issues is currently with Fox, so hopefully it’ll be hitting our screens very, very soon.
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