In new gigs, British sensation Idris Elba is directing a new UK series “King For A Term” while Shonda Rhimes sold another project to ABC Studios. More inside…
Idris Elba is going to be really busy in 2015. In addition to raising his newborn son Winston Elba and his pre-teen daughter Isan, dodging phone calls from K. Michelle and serving as the executive producer of FOX’s American version of “Luther”, he’s directing a new show in the UK!
We’ve learned that Idris is currently directing a SKY Arts Channel production called “King for a Term.” Shadows and Act reveals that the show “King for a Term” is a low budget, one-off drama for SKY “Playhouse” that follows Akuna, a 9-year-old boy and his experience starting at a school for disabled children.
This is Idris’ second time directing for SKY “Playhouse.” He made his debut in 2013 with “The Pavement Psychologist,” (which he also wrote the screenplay for)!
While we doubt “King for a Term” will make it to American television (outside of NetFlix) if/when it does…we’ll keep you posted.
In other television news….
Thanks to the success of “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Scandal” and “HTGAWM”, the execs at ABC are putting their faith (and millions) behind another Shondaland project. The new show, titled “The Catch”, will follow a female forensic accountant whose career specialty is exposing fraud for a living. While the title character is successful at work, she leads a tumultuous love life. One plot line involves her con-artist fiance who’s been pulling a con on her; however, her “lies” will end up thwarting his cons. Gotta love Shonda for always having strong female leads with relatable personal lives.
The pilot will be exec produced by Shonda, Betsy Beers, Julie Anne Robinson and Jennifer Schuur, and co-produced by Helen Gregory and Kate Atkinson.
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