New series for Kaley Cuoco, Gremlins come back
copy;US-Update from July 5
The “Gremlins” go into series, Kaley Cuoco becomes a stewardess after “The Big Bang Theory”, HBO divorces “Divorce”, CBS breaks up with “Ransom”, “The Sandman” becomes a series and “The Loudest Voice” starts quietly.
by Uwe Mantel
05.07. :30 Uhr © Warner Bros.Kaley Cuocob remains loyal to Warner Bros.even after the end of “The Big Bang Theory”, where she played the role of Penny since 2007, and has signed an exclusive contract for several years, which includes a podcast deal, but also a new series for the upcoming streaming service of WarnerMedia. This is the series “The Flight Attendant”, a thriller based on the bestseller of the same name by Chris Bohjalian, with Cuoco as producer behind and actress in front of the camera. She plays a flight attendant who wakes up hungover in a hotel room in Dubai next to a dead body. She doesn’t call the police out of fear, but pretends that nothing has happened and first flies back with her colleagues. Since she cannot remember anything, she begins to wonder whether she herself could be the murderer. As part of the deal, Cuoco and her production company will also produce the animated series “Harley Quinn” for DC Universe.
© WarnerMeanwhile, Warner has now also made the order for the animated prequel series on the Gremlinofficial for his streaming service. It goes by the name “Gremlins: Secrets of Mogwai” and takes place in the 1920s in Shanghai, where 10-year-old Sam Wing met the young Mogwai Gizmo. They try to bring Gizmo back to his family and for this they go on a journey through China, where they meet colorful monsters and ghosts of Chinese folklore – and are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil gremlins. Ten half-hour episodes are produced.
© WarnerThere are still no definite plans for a new edition of sitcoms. Netflix has already brought “Full House” back to the screen as “Fuller House”, and now Warner is thinking about reissuing sitcoms like “Family Matters” (“All under one roof”), “Perfect Strangers” (“A Greek conquers Chicago”), “Step by Step” (“A Strong Family”) or “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” (“Really great, Mr. Cooper”). The idea is quite obvious – after all, Warner has access to a huge archive for his streaming service anyway, and a new edition could still fuel the nostalgic feelings. But nothing is official about these plans yet.
© NetflixNetflix has a ten-part first season of the series “The Sandman”. It’s not about the German Sandman, of course, but instead the series is based on the DC comic of the same name by Neil Gaiman. Plans for a series realisation have been around at Warner for ages, so now Warner can really put them into action. The series is about the people and places influenced by the dream king Morpheus, while he wants to iron out the cosmic and human mistakes he made during his long existence. Netflix has also commissioned a new series from the makers of “The Haunting of Hill House: The seven-part series “Midnight Mass” is about a group of people on a remote island who experience miraculous events and frightening omens after the arrival of a young priest as charismatic as he is mysterious.
Univision, which among other things operates the largest Spanish language station of the same name in the USA, may be facing a change of ownership. Since 2006, it has been majority owned by financial investors around Haim Sabank, the last time there was a takeover bid by John Malone in 2017, which was rejected. Malone had valued Univision at 13.5 to 15 billion US dollars at the time. Now they are apparently looking for possible buyers and, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, they have hired the banks Morgan Stanley and LioTree to sound out the interest of potential investors. All strategic options are to be examined, it says – so whether a sale will actually take place is still unclear.
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© HBO “Divorce”: HBO is breaking up with the comedy series “Divorce” with Sarah Jessica Parker. The six-part third season, which premiered earlier this week, is also the last. However, this does not mean a divorce from Sarah Jessica Parker: With her production company Pretty Matches Prod. she has had a first-look deal with HBO for 14 years now, which will continue to exist.
“Good Witch”: Catherine Bell remains the good witch of Hallmark Channel for a sixth season. However, the Supernatural comedy then has to do without Bailee Madison, who has been playing the role of Grace Russell