KUDOS to my amazing friend, mentor, client, hero…Brit Media legend — Ron Taylor — for his interview on American Screenwriter — Sheila Gallien — whose broad sphere of projects include Hollywood Blockbusters such as:
Cast Away. Planet of the Apes. Unfaithful. Entrapment. The Polar Express. Ron Howard’s Apollo 13. Clint Eastwood’s Flags Of Our Fathers. Sam Mendes’ Jarhead — and TV series China Beach — Sheila currently lives in Hawaii and works as a Story & Script Consultant.
Check out Ron’s JUICY interview here:
Telemundo is adapting Victor Hugo’s French classic, “Les Misérables”, bringing it to Primetime Latin American TV audiences and sure to be another smash hit.
I know I’M EXCITED!
The announcement came yesterday — appropriately at the annual MIPCOM in Cannes — happening this week. For those of you not ‘in the know’ as to what MIPCOM is — it’s the Cannes Film Festival made-for-TV — a trade show where TV distributors from Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Middle East markets showcase and shop around their latest projects for distribution deals.
Marcos Santana — President of Telemundo Internacional — said at Cannes, “We are very proud of this project, which is another brilliant production that will carry our brand, and we anticipate it will have excellent result. Telemundo is the only Spanish-language company that leads in this type of melodrama-genre offered for international markets.”
Miles ahead of the competition, Telemundo has already started pre-production of Les Mis with — Valentina Parraga — (“La Patrona” and “La Reina Del Sur”) who is adapting the French classic into Spanish.
Production will be entirely set in M e x i c o — where plenty of French, breathtaking scenery, architectural, and cultural influences remain from years of French colonization during the mid-1800’s — and where currently, French people make up the 4th largest immigrant community (approx. 10,000) after Americans, Lebanese, and Spaniards.
The Spanish translated — “Los Miserables” — takes place in present-day Mexico with spotlights on social injustices and the universal theme of good versus evil.
Arambula will play against-type, in a gender-bending role (inspired by — Jean Valjean — the protagonist in Hugo’s Les Mis) as a courageous woman wrongly accused of a crime she did not commit; forced into hiding from her family in order to evade her pursuer.
Joshua Mintz — Executive VP of Fiction Programming & General Manager of Telemundo Studios — has said of “Los Miserables”, “Soon, we look forward to announcing the full cast of this production, as well as the directors, producers and team members that will have a part in its success.”
I, for one — am BEYOND excited for this production to hit the small screen — it will be an extremely successful venture for Telemundo — whose recent programming choices have been right on the mark with worldwide audiences — and ME.
I don’t know about you, but I was ready to meet ‘the mother’ 2 seasons ago.
After that didn’t happen I stopped watching. Tuned out. They lost me. I was DUNZO.
I had decided to put ‘How I Met Your Mother’ up on my DVR shelf where eventually, all shows that lose me end up collecting what I coined — ‘digital dust’ — long after their expiration dates.
When a show grabs me, I invest real time, watching it LIVE — I endure the commercials — for me, it’s the purest way to watch quality television.
So when I saw the show veering off the path, baiting us with crumbs into the deep woods of everyone else’s lives, relationships, careers, and overall nonsense, I felt like ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ — DUPED.
While ‘How I Met Your Mother’ always intended to be an ensemble piece obviously aiming to be the next ‘Friends’, they completely missed the mark and confused audiences when they took turns writing EPIC starring roles for the rest of the characters.
At the start of the series, Josh Radnor, as Ted, was the indisputable star; but by the 3rd season, I was completely discombobulated by all the shenanigans distracting from the central story: Ted meeting his future wife — mother of his children.
After the successful 2005 series debut, Harris publicly affirmed his gay status, joined Daddyhood via surrogate twins, and married David Burtka. He hosted the Tonys in 2009, 2011, 2012 AND 2013 — which earned him 3 Emmys for Hosting 2010-2013. Named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010, he got his Star on the Hollywood Star Walk of Fame in 2011, and became Elton John’s BFF.
Marshall & Lily became the Ricky & Lucy — (from 1950’s comedy show I Love Lucy) — of the East Coast. They even moved to the suburbs for heaven’s sake! Their rising stars propelled — Jason Segel — onto big screen in one of my fave Rom-coms, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, leading to roles in other films such as, I Love You Man; Despicable Me; The Muppets — as well as his 1st BIG Celebrity Romance with Dawson’s Creek cutie & Heath Ledger ex — Michelle Williams. The role of Lily took — Alyson Hannigan — back to the big screen in Date Movie (2006) and reprising her role as ‘Michelle’ in American Reunion (2012) — as well as entering Mommyhood while battling her own real-life stalker.
Although Ted made — Josh Radnor — a household name in the Emmy Winning series, it seems as though very much like Ted, Josh’s career got sidelined — anyone remember his Writer-Director turns in happythankyoumoreplease (2010) and Liberal Arts (2012) from Sundance…? Exactly.
Already full-swing into it’s 9th and FINAL season (applause! applause!) after its hourlong opener on Sept. 23rd — the series seems to be giving us even MORE crumbs and leading us even FURTHER into the woods by showing how each of the friends comes into contact with ‘the mother’ even BEFORE Ted meets her.
Honestly, the fact that we’re going to be teased into one big crescendo leading up to ‘the big meet’ is pretty depressing for a show I invested 6 seasons watching.
It’s quite staggering that we’re getting such a short amount of time to know the woman who is supposed to be SO pivotal to Ted’s life — and the series.
While the focal point of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ should have been EXACTLY that — Ted meeting ‘the mother’ and watching that relationship buildup to the THEIR big Wedding — it seems to have lost its way into the great big forest of sitcoms.
My hope for the series finale is that the writers do right by the fans and actually make the ending as epic as it first started.
‘How I Met Your Mother’ is on weekly Mondays 8 p.m. ET on CBS
Just in case the series is collecting ‘digital dust’ in your DVR — here’s a look at the Season 9 Promo:
If there was ANY doubt ABC’s Hampton’s hit ‘Revenge’ would be back with a vengeance after a second season fraught with distracting “meh” episodes, tonight’s 3rd Season opener is out to prove us deadly wrong.
The ‘Revenge”-tastic drama is rumored to be so explosive this season that it will make or break Emily Thorne.
SEASON 2 CLIFFHANGER FINALE RECAP:
– We got our hearts broken when Declan died after being trapped in a building Conrad had rigged with explosives, resulting with his brother Jack plotting his murder — what sweet dish of revenge will be served up to him cold…?
-Victoria’s long-lost son ‘Patrick’ comes knocking at her door — WHO is he…and why now…?
– Nerdy tech friend & foe, Nolan, was arrested for terrorism as a suspect in Padma’s death — will he go to jail?!
Here’s an exclusive vid to help refresh your memory as to where we left off with Emily & the gang: