What do HBO, Amazon, Hulu, Apple TV, Netflix, NBC/Uni, Sony, Disney, AMC Studios, Showtime, STARZ have in common? They all moved to town, set up a store, and settled in Chicago to shoot a TV series.
I’ve been through the ups and downs of the Chicago film industry since the mid-80s. This is different. It’s here to stay, and it feels good.
Saturdays the coming-of-age roller-skating series commissioned by Disney Branded Television is setting up production offices. Filming is expected to begin in May 2022.
The series, which is set in an expressive, music-fueled community of roller skaters, hails from actress/producer Marsai Martin (blackish, Little) and his production company Genius Entertainment.
The series features teenager Paris Johnson, who considers roller skating part of her soul – she breathes it in and makes it a lifestyle. She lives for the weekend because that’s when she goes to her sanctuary, neon-lit Saturdays, a seemingly magical wooden roller rink where the impossible often manifests itself. In this wonderful place, Paris can hang out with her best friends (the We-B-Girlz skate team), choreograph exhilarating routines on wheels, banter with her rivals, navigate life with her brother DJ London and work to become a Golden – a member of the Saturday skating elite, chosen by the rink’s mystical owner, the Duchess.
The single-camera series was created and written by Norman Vance Jr.. (Roll the rebound, girlfriends) who will also be an executive producer with Marsai Martin, Nicole Dow and Joshua and Carol Martin (Little).
Justified: City Primeval (working title)
The limited series based on the novel by Elmore Leonard City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit is setting up production offices in Chicago Studio City and will be filming in the city from May through September. This effect Justified rebirth with Timothy Olyphant reprising his role as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens uses Leonard’s 1980 novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit as source material, centering the story on Leonard’s Givens character. This is confirmed that Quentin Tarantino will direct the first episode.
The Devil in the White City
The mini-series based on the book of Erik Larson, is in pre-production. Larson’s nonfiction book, set against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, tells the intertwined stories of fairground architect Daniel H. Burnham and serial killer HH Holmes, who used a hotel which he built near the fairgrounds to lure his victims. It is confirmed that Keanu Reeves will star in a lead role.
It’s the only feature film shoot in town. Oscar nominee and Emmy award-winning director, David Fincher brings his latest Netflix movie project, The killerin the Chicago area and is currently filming for several days at the historic Baker Hotel in suburban St. Charles, along the Fox River, and in Chicago.
The film will star the Oscar winner Michael Fassbenderknown for playing the character Magneto in the x-men movies. Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton is also part of the cast.
Power Book IV: Strength
Along with the renewal announcement for a second season, STARZ also shared that the Power Book IV: Strength series creator Robert Muniquewho supervised the production on the Joseph Sikora-directed spinoffs during season 1 will be replaced by Gary Lenon (Euphoria, Hightown) as showrunner and executive producer.
The series, renewed for season 2, is based on graphic novels by Brian K. Vaughan. The story centers on four 12-year-old girls – Sophie Rosinsky (Quick Layne), Camryn Jones (cherish the day), Riley Lai Nelet (Altered carbon) and Fina Strazza (A Christmas melody) who deliver newspapers. While making deliveries the day after Halloween, the girls become embroiled in a conflict between two groups of time travelers.
The newly renewed HBO series will begin filming its second season in May in Lockport, which reportedly resembles the Kansas hometown of lead character Sam, played by Bridget Everett.
The big jump
Getting a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes isn’t good enough for Fox, which won’t renew The big jump. The comedy/drama ballet, starring Scott Foley and Simone Recasnerhad an 11-episode first season, which ended in December 2021.
Ordinary Joe which did not perform well in the ratings was canceled by NBC after one season. The stars of the series james wolk as Joe Kimbrough, and explores three parallel lives after ordinary Joe makes a crucial choice at a crossroads in his life, and asks the question of what life might be like if you made your decision based on love , loyalty or passion.
Work in progress
Although Abby’s story (Abby McEnany), “a woman who reevaluates her life by dating a trans man after the death of her therapist” was well received by critics and viewers, it seems the numbers weren’t good for Showtime to renew the show for a third season.
This list is growing rapidly. Check back for updates next week.
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