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EXCLUSIVE: Red Nose Day, the national fundraising campaign to end child poverty, returns to NBC for the annual three-hour primetime charity special on Thursday, May 21.
In partnership with Comic Relief, NBC will kick off the night at 8 PM with Celebrity Escape Room, sort of a show within a show, executive produced by Ben Stiller and hosted by Jack Black, featuring comedy stars Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Adam Scott. It will be followed by the two-hour Red Nose Day Special.
As the all-knowing “Game Master” host, Black puts his celebrity friends to the test as they work together under intense pressure to beat the clock, unlocking a series of surprising puzzle rooms to ultimately engineer their great escape.
Celebrity Escape Room “combines the drama and tension of a real-life video game with the side-splitting allure of the ultimate party game,” says NBC. Stiller, Cox, Kudrow and Scott will work together and channel their inner Sherlocks to decipher clues and solve puzzles, brainstorm for solutions and combine their comedic talents to ultimately gain their freedom before time runs out.
In addition to Stiller, Celebrity Escape Room will be executive produced by Black, Christine Taylor, Nicky Weinstock, Amiira Ruotolo-Behrent and Lee Metzger The Voice. The show is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio and Red Hour Productions.
The annual Red Nose Day Special will follow Celebrity Escape Room with an entertainment showcase featuring music, comedy and poignant films. The films will share stories of children and young people who have been affected by poverty and how Red Nose Day funds have helped change their story for good.
“Kicking off with Ben Stiller's hilarious Celebrity Escape Room, NBC's Red Nose Day lineup is the perfect vehicle to help drive this year's fundraising efforts,” said Paul Telegdy, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “We are privileged to continue our support of this incredible cause in partnership with our amazing friends at Comic Relief US as we work together on behalf of children in need around the world.”
“Through the power of laughter and entertainment, Red Nose Day serves as a galvanizing force, rallying Americans to come together to end child poverty,” said Alison Moore, CEO of Comic Relief US. “Together with our incredible partners and celebrity supporters, we are working to change the story for good for millions of children in the U.S. and around the world.”
The multi-week Red Nose Day campaign launches Monday, April 13 when the official Red Noses go on sale exclusively at Walgreens locations nationwide in more than 9,000 stores across the country. All net proceeds of Red Nose sales go to the Red Nose Day Fund. Between April 13-May 30, Walgreens will donate $.50 from...
Apple TV+ has scored another high-profile TV series. The streaming platform, which launched to little fanfare last week, is apparently unfazed by its lackluster debut because it is still greenlighting original titles, this time giving a series order to Severance, a new thriller series directed by Ben Stiller and set to star Adam Scott. Learn more about the Severance TV series below.
Apple announced that is has given a series order to Severance, a workplace thriller written and created by Dan Erickson. Stiller will direct and executive produce the series, while Scott is set to produce and star as Mark, an employee of Lumen Industries, “a company that’s looking to take work-life balance to a new level.” Mark is “an employee with a dark past trying to put himself back together,” Apple’s description reads.
This will be a reunion for Scott and Stiller, who directed the Big Little Lies actor in 2013’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. They lend their star power to the relatively unknown Erickson, who worked in series development for Super Deluxe and has written for Spike’s Lip Sync Battle Pre-Show. Erickson’s Severance script was the first TV script to make it on to the annual Bloodlist in 2016.
Chris Black Outcast, Star Trek: Enterprise will executive produce alongside Erickson. Ben Stiller, Nicky Weinstock, and Jackie Cohn will executive produce through Red Hour Productions, while Adam Scott will serve as producer. Endeavor Content will serve as the studio. This is one of the several Apple TV+ project developed by Endeavor Content, following See and the upcoming Truth Be Told.
Severance is the first new series order given by Apple TV+ since its launch last week. The tech company has already renewed several of its existing streaming shows, including Ron Moore’s For All Mankind, the Jason Momoa starrer See; and the Emily Dickinson comedy Dickinson, starring Hailee Steinfeld, despite mixed reviews.
On Friday, April 3, Apple TV+ releases all 10 episodes of the first season of its mystery-thriller “Home Before Dark.” Inspired by the life of Hilde Lysiak, a young journalist who gained national notoriety at age nine when she scooped a local homicide case in her Pennsylvania hometown, the Jon M. Chu-directed and executive produced series has already been renewed for a second season.
Created and executive produced by Dana Fox and Dara Resnick, “Home Before Dark” follows Brooklynn Prince as Hilde Lysko, a nine-year-old journalist whose family's cross-country move from New York to her father's Jim Sturgess small Washington hometown leads her to investigate a dark, deeply buried mystery from decades ago.
IndieWire spoke with “Home Before Dark” co-showrunner and co-creator Dana Fox about the series, from the process of making a bingeable mystery-thriller she hadn’t seen before to her transition from comedy to drama to the unexpected “Justified” reunion.
This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.
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IndieWire: How exactly did you come to co-create “Home Before Dark”? How did you come to Hilde Lysiak’s story?
Fox: Basically, my dear friend Joy Gorman Wettels, who’s an amazing producer — she was my manager for a long time and then she started producing, as well — she was at the Tribeca Awards, and there were a bunch of adults winning awards for cool things. And then, this little nine-year-old girl stood up and gave this incredible speech and was incredibly poised. She started talking about the need for journalists and how important it was to try to find the truth, and it really resonated with Joy. We weren’t even deeply in the times that we are in now, but it’s something that was feeling important already.
And so Joy was talking to the people next to her about how extraordinary this little girl was, and it turned out to be Hilde’s parents. So she joked, “I have a five-year-old, can you come move in with me, and help me raise my daughter, because this girl is amazing.” And so they struck up a conversation, they got along, and eventually, Hilde was featured in the New York Times for essentially scooping her local paper on a murder.
Joy was in a very competitive situation with a lot of other producers and they were all talking to Hilde and her parents on the phone and they had all these conversations. Joy ended up winning the rights and when she did, afterwards she said, “Why did you pick me?” And Hilde’s...
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