|NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
TNT Greenlights Drama “One Day She’ll Darken”
TNT has given a straight-to-series six episode order to the new drama “One Day She’ll Darken,” which tells the story of Fauna Hodel who was given away by her teenage birth mother to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino in 1949. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel, a man involved in the darkest Hollywood debauchery, the spider in the web around the legendary “Black Dahlia” murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles in 1947.
Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman,” “Monster”) is attached to direct the pilot and potentially additional episodes, and Chris Pine (“Wonder Woman,” “Hell or High Water”) leading the cast. Sam Sheridan, author of “A Fighter’s Heart” and “The Disaster Diaries,” will pen the series, which is inspired by the autobiography of Fauna Hodel. The series is being produced by Turner’s Studio T, with Jenkins, Michael Sugar (“Spotlight,” “13 Reasons Why”), Sheridan and Pine serving as executive producers. Production will begin this fall.
El Rey Network orders “Bushido Battleground”
El Rey Network has greenlit 10 episodes of new martial arts series “Bushido Battleground, which in a two-hour format each week will showcase elite fighters in the full contact sports of MMA, submission Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai matches from around the world. The logline: Part documentary and part travelogue, “Bushido Battleground” will feature matches held in locations around the world ranging from Thailand to the Mexico to Los Angeles. But unlike traditional broadcasts, cameras not only cover the action of the fights, but also track the drama before, during and after the bouts. The series will follow the fighters and their teams, experiencing their unique training, learning the fighters’ different strategies and seeing how those strategies come to life in the action of the ring. Then the lens goes deeper still, staying in the corners between rounds and finally following the aftermath of the contest into the training rooms.
The executive producers of “Bushido Battleground” are George Chung and Andy Horne.
PBS Announces “We’ll Meet Again”
PBS has announced a new six-part series called “We’ll Meet Again” produced by Blink Films in partnership with Ann Curry’s media venture and scheduled to premiere in winter 2018. The Exploring some of history’s most dramatic events from across the globe through the personal stories of those who experienced them, “We’ll Meet Again” brings together people whose lives intersected at pivotal moments. Executive produced and reported by Ann Curry, each episode reveals the powerful bonds forged among people who now, against the odds, have the opportunity to reunite with those who transformed their lives.
The logline: The tides of history can disrupt lives, throwing strangers together or tearing loved ones apart. “We’ll Meet Again” reveals these moving personal stories of hope, courage and love: from a Vietnam War baby desperate to find the American father she last saw 40 years ago to the military chaplain who helped a stranger through the trauma of 9/11, from a Japanese-American girl interned in 1942 who never forgot the classmate who helped her during her darkest hours to civil rights workers whose lives were forever changed by the deep relationships they formed in the 1960s South.
“We’ll Meet Again” is a production of Blink Films. The series is produced by Simon Harries, and executive producers Ann Curry, Justine Kershaw and Andra Heritage. Executives in Charge for PBS are Bill Gardner, Vice President of Programming and Development, and Bill Margol, Sr. Director of Programming and Development.