Inga Cadranel, Hiro Kanagawa, Melissa O’Neil, Daniel Fathers
UPDATE: 4 May 2018 — “The Queen of Sin” has been retitled “Dangerous Seduction” and will premiere on Lifetime Movies on 5 May at 8/7c.
Melissa O’Neil (Two) will be Los Angeles rookie police officer Lucy Benitez (the last name is tentative) in the ABC TV series THE ROOKIE. Nathan Fillion will star as John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD by about twenty years. Nolan’s effort to work with the other, younger trainees makes his life dangerous, unpredictable, and sometimes humourous. Lucy is (we are told) intelligent, tough, and compassionate, and a possible love interest for Nolan. (She may have taken up law enforcement as an act of rebellion against her family, who are decribed as “law_breakers”.) Lucy’s partner will be Tim Bradford (played by Eric Winter), and Nolan’s partner will be Talia Bishop (Afton Williamson). Liz Frielander will direct the first episode. There is no word yet on when THE ROOKIE will premiere.
O’Neil will also be Janice in CONDOR, an AT&T original series inspired by the film THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR. The 1975 film centered on Joe Turner, an idealistic young CIA agent, who returns from lunch one day to find all his co-workers murdered, and then goes on the run in an attempt to outwit those responsible. (One of the murdered co-workers in the film is a data analyst named Janice Chong.)
In the reboot, Turner (Max Irons) is a millenial who joined the Agency in hopes of reforming it from within. He uncovers a brilliant but horrific conspiracy that threatens the lives of millions, and, shortly after that, the massacre of his co-workers happens and Turner is forced to do battle with shadowy and dangerous elements of the military-industrial complex. The leader of the plotting cabal (Brendan Fraser) is a fanatical bigot who believes that the government needs to wage war on Islam. The first of CONDOR’s ten episodes will air on Audience Network on 6 June.
Inga Cadranel (Alicia Reynaud) is Stella in the made-for-TV thriller THE QUEEN OF SIN, which stars Christa B. Allen as Posey Pinkerton, a serial monogamist and medical illustrator in her late twenties, engaged to a doctor named Tom. But Posey has a chance encounter with a businessman named Jack. (She finds him mysterious and he finds her charming.) And her cousin Laura pushes her into having one final fling before settling down. Posey’s involvement with Jack allows her to express an alter ego she’s created called the Queen of Sin. Posy does not realize that, as she becomes more and more involved with Jack, she’s actually making a deal with the devil. Written by Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik (creator of STRANGE EMPIRE), and filmed in Montreal last September, THE QUEEN OF SIN will air on Lifetime later this year. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Daniel Fathers (Hansmeed) is Sgt. Robert Kloskowski in the sci-fi mystery MUTE, a tale set in Berlin in the year 2052. Leo (Alexander Skarsgard), a formerly-Amish, mute bartender turned private eye searches the city for the woman he loves (who has vanished under mysterious circumstances). Leo’s pursuit takes him deep into the city’s underbelly, where he becomes entangled with an odd pair of American army surgeons, who have their own agenda. (One of them is Cactus Bill, played by a distinctively moustachioed Paul Rudd.) Leo doesn’t know for sure if the surgeons are friends or enemies.
“It’s not about saving the world,” director Duncan Jones told Ben Travis of Empire. “It’s a small thriller, in the same way that Casablanca was. It’s the very small story of two people, how they exist and how their story unfolds within this very different, alien-feeling world.” A trailer is available on YouTube. Filmed in Berlin and Brandenberg, MUTE will be available on Netflix on 23 February.
Hiro Kanagawa (Emperor Ishida Tetsuda) is Niven in LOVE, ONCE AND ALWAYS, the story of Duncan (Peter Porte), who plans to tear down a Guilded Age estate and replace it with a golf course, and Lucy (Amanda Schull), who fights to preserve the historic mansion at all costs. As Lucy and Duncan set out to find a compromise, they learn that embracing the past might be the only way to protect the future. LOVE, ONCE AND ALWAYS will premiere on The Hallmark Channel on 10 March at 9/8c.