Tricia Helfer (Dracula in Season Four) will star in a CREEPSHOW episode titled “Lydia Layne’s Better Half”, based on a story by showrunner Greg Nicotero and John Harrison, and directed by Roxanne Benjamin. Lydia is a powerful woman who denies a promotion to her protégée and lover but fails to anticipate the fallout. The six episode series (each episode has two stories) is a TV revival of the 1982 horror anthology film of the same name. (Adrienne Barbeau who appeared in the original film, will also appear in the TV series, starring in an adaptation of Steven King’s short story “Grey Matter“.) CREEPSHOW completed production in Atlanta in April and will air on SHUDDER later this year.
Michael Malarkey is Cinch Barton in the crime thriller A VIOLENT SEPARATION, about a small town deputy sheriff (Norman, played by Brenton Thwaites) who, in 1983, covers up a murder committed by his older brother Ray (Ben Robson). Norman becomes romantically involved with the victim’s sister (Alicia Debnam-Carey), complicating the coverup. The story brings to mind the Springsteen song “Highway Patrolman” (from the Nebraska album). It will be Debnam-Carey’s first film appearance since THE 100 killed off her character. A trailer is available on YouTube. Directed by the Goetz brothers, A VIOLENT SEPARATION was filmed in and around New Orleans, and will be in select theatres and on VOD in the US on 17 May.
According to The Washington Post, and The Navy Times, the US Navy is drafting guidelines for the reporting of UFO sightings following a surge in what the Navy called “a series of intrusions by advanced aircraft on Navy carrier strike groups”. In some cases, pilots — many of whom are engineers and academy graduates — claimed to have observed small spherical objects flying in formation. Others say they’ve seen white, TicTac-shaped vehicles. Last year, the FAA released radio traffic recordings of commercial pilots reporting UFO encounters.
Hilary Jardine will be Susanna in the first episode of SOMEWHERE BETWEEN, an American adaption of the 2014 Korean TV mystery series GOD’S GIFT: 14 DAYS. (The Korean series followed a mother who travels back in time in an attempt to prevent the kidnapping that leads to her daughter’s murder.) In the ABC series, Laura (Paula Patton) knows that her daughter Serena is going to be murdered. She knows the time, place, and method of the killing, but not the murderer’s identity or his motive. Despite her mother’s foreknowledge, Serena’s fixed and unmovable fate keeps her directly in the path of her killer. The ten episode series will premiere on ABC on 24 July at 10/9c.
Jardine will also be Tessa, Jackson Oz’ new girlfriend, in Season Three of ZOO, which is set a few years in the future, in a time when the elements that sterilized mutated animals back in 1895 have also affected humans. The animal attacks will worsen in Season Three, and Tessa will have the job of keeping refugees out of harms way. ZOO will premiere on 29 June at 10pm on CBS. The first two seasons of the show can be streamed on Netflix (US).
Laura Mennell will be Allison in nine episodes of LOUDERMILK, a ten-episode series about a substance abuse counselor (Ron Livingston) whose hostility and insensitivity toward those around him are obstacles on his road to recovery from alcoholism. The half-hour comedy will premiere 17 October on the Audience Network. — And Mennell will star as Heather, a cop in charge of protecting the daughter of a murder witness after the witness is shot by the killer, in the crime drama POLICE MOM. Filmed in Oak Bay, B.C. (near Victoria) and set (mostly) in Portland, Oregon, POLICE MOM will air later this year on Lifetime.
Christie Burke stars as Mary in the psychological thriller STILL/BORN. After Mary gives birth to twins, one of which is stillborn, the grieving mother becomes convinced that a supernatural force is trying to possess the surviving child. Sam Plank, writing for CREATORS.CO, said: “The film not only serves up some scares, it examines how men may react when their partners are suffering from a mental illness, and how women can be afraid to let their partners know what they’re feeling, for fear of being scoffed at, or thrown into unwanted psychiatric treatment.” STILL/BORN won the Scariest Movie award at the Overlook Film Festival in Oregon last April, and will next screen on 8 June at the Las Vegas Film Festival.
Alison Wandzura tweeted this photo from the set of Season 2 of the Netflix series HATERS BACK OFF, saying that she “finally got to work with Laughlin Munroe”.
Alison Wandzura will be Alice in the comedy DARROW & DARROW, the story of Claire Darrow (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), an idealistic lawyer who fights for what’s right, whether or not it makes her a cent. The second Darrow is Claire’s mother (Wendy Malik), who suddenly reenters Claire’s life after losing her job at a New York law firm. The pair clashes on nearly everything, especially on the best way to raise Claire’s daughter (Lilah Fitzgerald). Further complicating matters is Assistant District Attorney Miles Strasburg (played by Tom Cavanagh, who was Micah in VAN HELSING episode 1.10). Outside of court Strasburg tries to make a case for taking their professional relationship to a more personal level. DARROW & DARROW is written by Phoef Sutton (who wrote 23 episodes of CHEERS), and will premiere on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel on 24 September.
Jonathan Scarfe, who received a Leo Award for his role as Axel Miller on VAN HELSING, will co-star with Kelli Williams in CHRISTMAS SOLO, a film about two single parents who manage to stumble into a relationship, only to discover that their daughters are embroiled in a nasty rivalry at school. Naika Toussaint also appears in the film as Audrey. CHRISTMAS SOLO will air on UPtv sometime in December. Scarfe directs the Season Two finale of VAN HELSING (in which Alex Rose guests as the Marquis de Sade).