Peter Stormare

Horror Noire – Premieres Thursday, October 28
(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

A new Shudder Original anthology film, Horror Noire is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2019 documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror and features new work from both established and emerging talents, showcasing stories of Black horror from Black directors and screenwriters.

Anthology writers featured include Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Victor LaValle, Shernold Edwards, Al Letson and Ezra C. Daniels. Cast featured include Lesley-Ann Brandt (Lucifer, Spartacus), Luke James (The Chi, Thoughts of a Colored Man), Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse, A Black Lady Sketch Show), Brandon Mychal Smith (Four Weddings and a Funeral, You’re the Worst), Sean Patrick Thomas (Macbeth, The Curse of La Llorona), Peter Stormare (American Gods, Fargo,) Malcolm Barrett (Genius: Aretha Franklin, Timeless) and Rachel True (The Craft, Half & Half), among others.

Hamish Allan Headley Mayor of Kingstown

Mayor of Kingstown

Game of Thrones alum Aidan Gillen and Hamish Allan-Headley (Thinly Veiled) are set as series regulars opposite Jeremy Renner in Mayor of Kingstown, Taylor Sheridan’s upcoming series for Paramount+. Also set for recurring roles are James Jordan (Destroyer), Nishi Munshi (Lethal Weapon), Nichole Galicia (Defiance)Andrew Howard (Perry Mason), Michael Beach (Truth Be Told), Necar Zadegan (NCIS: New Orleans), Jason Kelley, Mandela Van Peebles (Salt N Pepa), Rob Kirkland (Criminal Minds) and Natasha Marc (The Good Lord Bird) in the series from MTV Entertainment Studios. Production is underway in Toronto.


Co-created by Sheridan and Dillon, Mayor of Kingstown follows the McLusky family, power brokers in Kingstown, Michigan, where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, the series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither.

Warrior 3 HBO/ Perry Yung


‘Warrior’ Renewed For Season 3, Moving From Cinemax To HBO Max

By Denise Petski

Warrior
‘Warrior’HBO Max

Martial arts crime drama series Warrior has been renewed for a third season and will move from Cinemax to HBO Max.

The series, set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century, is based on the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. The first two seasons, which aired on Cinemax, now are streaming on HBO Max via HBO platforms.

Warrior is created by and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper (Banshee) under Tropper Ink Productions, executive produced by Star Trek Beyond and Fast & Furious 9 director Justin Lin for Perfect Storm Entertainment, and executive produced by Shannon Lee for Bruce Lee Entertainment.

Warrior introduced viewers to a distinct world from the past, executed with dynamic action and relevant storytelling, with a brilliant cast led by Andrew Koji,” said Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer at HBO and HBO Max. “We can’t wait to see what Jonathan, Justin and Shannon will bring to the next chapter of this series on HBO Max.

Said Shannon Lee, executive producer at Bruce Lee Entertainment: “Justin, Jonathan, and I were thrilled when Warrior was put on HBO platforms to be discovered by a whole new legion of fans. Now we are excited and grateful for the opportunity to do another season, and we applaud HBO Max for understanding the importance of telling this story and for continuing to support this level of representation in our industry. I just know that my father is grinning right now to see this show he dreamed of so long ago continuing to beat the odds. We have every intention of delivering the same high level of meaningful storytelling and Gung Fu action in Season 3.”

The series returned for its 10-episode second season October 2 on Cinemax.

Season 2 cast included Andrew Koji, Kieran Bew, Celine Buckens, Olivia Cheng, Dianne Doan, Dean Jagger, Langley Kirkwood, Maria-Elena Laas, Hoon Lee, Christian McKay, Dustin Nguyen (also directed episode 6), Miranda Raison, Chen Tang, Joe Taslim, Jason Tobin, Joanna Vanderham, Tom Weston-Jones and Perry Yung.

Season 2 of Warrior was produced for Cinemax by Perfect Storm Entertainment, Tropper Ink Productions and Bruce Lee Entertainment; created and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper. Justin Lin, Danielle Woodrow and Andrew Schneider executive produced on behalf of Perfect Storm Entertainment. Shannon Lee executive produced for Bruce Lee Entertainment. Executive produced by Brad Kane and Richard Sharkey and co-executive produced by Kenneth Lin, Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard.

A League of Their Own/Roberta Colindrez

(L-R) Chanté Adams, Melanie Field and Roberta ColindrezShutterstock; Amazon Studios

Amazon has firmed up cast for A League Of Their Own comedy pilot, adding Chanté Adams (Bad Hair) and Roberta Colindrez (Vida) as series regulars, joining previously announced Kelly McCormack (Killjoys) and Priscilla Delgado (Julieta). Also confirmed are Gbemisola Ikumelo (Famalam) and The Good Place alum D’Arcy Carden, who were previously reported to be nearing deals, along with writer-executive producer Abbi Jacobson. Florida Girls‘ Melanie Field is set to recur.

The hourlong pilot, a fresh approach to Penny Marshall’s 1992 feature film, hails from writers/executive producers Jacobson and Will Graham and Sony Pictures TV. The show will follow brand new characters who embody the spirit of a generation of incredible women who dared to play professional baseball. The show begins with the formation of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1943 and follows our heroes as they fight to keep the League alive through close games, injuries, sexual awakenings and road trips across a rapidly changing United States.

Jacobson will play Carson Shaw, a catcher from a tiny farm town, who suddenly finds herself hopping the train to Chicago to chase a dream she didn’t even know she had.

 

Carden will portray Greta, a first basewoman with unbelievable stretch. Off the field, she’s also effortless, traveling the globe seeking new adventures and liaisons.

Adams is Max, a pitcher with an arm that could make men weep. She is ready for the big leagues and now, she just needs to make her own path there.

Ikumelo will play Clance. Born and raised in Rockford, Clance is Max’s best friend and biggest supporter, and a budding young artist in her ownright.

McCormack is Jess, a shortstop from Moosejaw, Canada, Jess was born to play the game. On the field, Jess feels the most herself and wishes the game would never end.

Colindrez will portray Mita, a cool, calm and collected pitcher from Texas ranch country, Mita’s got a killer poker face, on and off the field. She won’t reveal her secrets easily.

Delgado is Izzy. Straight from Havana, Izzy is the youngest, most enthusiastic Peach.

Field recurs as Jo, a power hitter from Queens, who has survived countless escapades with her best friend, Greta. Boisterous and up for anything, Jo will defend her teammates til the end.

A League of Their Own is produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures TV in association with Field Trip Productions. Executive producers are Abbi Jacobson, Will Graham, Hailey Wierengo, and Jamie Babbit, who also directs the pilot.

Adams was most recently seen in Justin Simien’s film Bad Hair, which was in competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. She will next be seen starring in Universal and Stella Meghie’s Valentine’s Day release The Photograph opposite Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield. Later this year she will be seen starring in Lionsgate’s feature film Voyager, written and directed by Neil Burger.

Colindrez has been a series regular on Starz’s Vida for the past two seasons and also recurred in seasons two and three of the HBO drama The Deuce. She was previously seen on Amazon comedy I Love Dick. Colindrez also recently starred alongside John Ortiz and Judith Light in Ms. White Light, which premiered at SXSW and won the audience award at the Torino Film Festival 2019. She’s repped by Paradigm and manager Davien Littlefield.

Field currently is one of the leads on Pop TV’s scripted comedy series Florida Girls. She also recently appeared in season two of the hit Netflix series You, and will next be seen in a season-long arc on TNT’s The Alienist sequel The Angel of Darkness, which airs later this year. Her breakout role came as one of the leads in Paramount Network’s Heathers reboot based on the 1988 cult classic film. She’s repped by SDB Partners, Authentic Talent & Literary Management and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.

Promised Land : Labyrinth and Latin X heritage on display

ROLANDO CHUSAN

‘Promised Land’: Newcomer Rolando Chusan To Co-Star In ABC Drama Pilot

By Denise Petski

Denise Petski

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EXCLUSIVE: Newcomer Rolando Chusan is set as a lead opposite John Ortiz in ABC’s drama pilot Promised Land.

Written by Matt Lopez and directed by Michael Cuesta, Promised Land is an epic, generation-spanning drama about two Latinx families vying for wealth and power in California’s Sonoma Valley.

Chusan will play Billy, a worker on the Heritage House vineyard in the Sonoma Valley. Billy dreams of one day owning the vineyard and has an immediate spark with Juana (Katya Martín), launching an intense rivalry with Billy’s brother, Carlos (Andres Velez), who is also in love with her.

Chusan joins a cast that includes Ortiz as Joe Sandoval, patriarch of the Sandoval family, Cecilia Suárez as Lettie Sandoval, matriarch of the Sandoval family, Augusto Aguilera as Mateo Sandoval, the hardworking, highly capable general manager of the Heritage Vineyard and stepson to patriarch Joe Sandoval, Mariel Molino as Camila Sandoval, the youngest daughter of the Sandoval family, Christina Ochoa as Veronica Sandoval, the eldest daughter of the Sandovals, Martín as Juana, a young immigrant who flees El Salvador along with her sister Rosa and Velez as Carlos Rincón, a young immigrant who comes to the Heritage Vineyard in search of a better life.

Lopez executive produces with Cuesta and Adam Kolbrenner of Lit Entertainment Group. ABC Signature is the studio.

Chusan emigrated from Ecuador at the age of three and grew up in the South Bronx. He is an Alum of Fiorello H. Laguardia, Labyrinth theater company’s 2019 intensive ensemble, and most recently the ABC Discover’s 2020 showcase last summer. Chusan is repped by Wolf Talent Group and Davien Littlefield Management.