Adriana Paz The Empty Hours, Kristyan Ferrer Sin Nombre, 600 Miles, Octavio Pisano iLove, If Loving You is Wrong, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams Bosch, Nashville and Julio Cedillo Sicario, The Bridge are set as series regulars opposite Michael Chiklis and Juan Pablo Raba in Coyote, Paramount Network's one-hour scripted drama series from Emmy-winning executive producer and director Michelle MacLaren Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Dark Horse Entertainment and Sony Pictures TV. It's slated to premiere in 2020.
Written by David Graziano American Gods, Michael Carnes and Josh Gilbert Mr. Woodcock, Coyote is the story of Ben Clemens Chiklis, who, after 32 years as a border patrol agent, is forced to work for the very people he spent his career trying to keep out of America. Now exposed to life on the other side of the wall, Ben will start to question his black-and-white views of the world, challenging his ideology and his loyies.
Paz will play Silvia, the proprietor of the local taqueria. Ferrer will portray Chayo, a member of the Cartel and has a very personal ax to grind. Pisano will play Sultan, member of the Cartel, he is a second generation Mexican American who has fled to Mexico. McWilliams will portray Holly Vincent, the smart, savvy, and streetwise HSI Agent. Cedillo will play Neto, a seasoned, local cop in a small Mexico town.
MacLaren will direct the pilot and executive produce the series. David Graziano American Gods, Southland serves as showrunner. Graziano, Michael Carnes & Josh Gilbert Mr. Woodcock are writers and executive producers. Dark Horse Entertainment's Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg The Umbrella Academy are executive producers. Rebecca Hobbs of MacLaren Entertainment is an executive producer. Chiklis will also serve as an executive producer.
Paz is repped by McKeon/Myones Entertainment. Ferrer is repped by Vision Entertainment. Pisano is repped by CAA and GSA Entertainment. McWillians is repped by APA. Cedillo is repped by BBA Talent.
Coyote will join Paramount Network's scripted roster currently headlined by Yellowstone, cable's #1 original summer series across the last two years, along with upcoming series 68 Whiskey, from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment; Sexy Beast, a series adaptation of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning feature film; Darren Star's new series, Emily in Paris starring Lily Collins; and Paradise Lost working title, from Rodes Fishburne, Arika Lisanne Mittman and John Lee Hancock.
EXCLUSIVE: Spectrum Originals is developing Tinseltown, a period drama series based on William J Mann's 2014 bestselling book Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, And Madness At The Dawn of Hollywood. The project hails from Mann, The Son executive producer Kevin Murphy, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Tracy Katsky’s KatCo and Paramount Television Studios.
Co-written by Murphy and Mann, Tinseltown is set against the seamy, glamorous backdrop of silent film era. It explores the lives of four pioneer women filmmakers whose lives and livelihoods were threatened by a scandalous murder and the brutal patriarchy of Hollywood's nascent studio system.
What the description refers to is the famously unsolved murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association.
“The show centers on four accomplished women filmmakers who get dragged into the grotesque media circus surrounding a murder,” Murphy said. “Their careers are upended and they find themselves pushed out of the burgeoning Hollywood studio system, a system Paramount founder Adolph Zukor has been building by strong-arming independent producers and exhibitors ravaged by the Spanish Flu shutdown.”
If the project goes to series, it will launch on the heels of a global pandemic, the current coronavirus crisis. That would mirror the setting of Tinseltown, which takes place in the early 1920s, immediately after the Spanish Flu pandemic.
There are also other aspects that make Tinseltown timely. Some refer to the events in the book - and its adaptation - as the origin story of the #MeToo movement.
“I believe this is a story about women in Hollywood and the resiliency of women in Hollywood,” Mann said. “We wonder how we got to where we are today, well, this is the origin story of so much.”
Kapital and KatCo acquired the rights to Mann’s book in 2014 in a competitive situation. Kaplan and Murphy had been talking about doing a project together for 7-8 years but Murphy never sparked to an idea until Kaplan sent him a copy of Mann’s Tinseltown. Murphy was coming off AMC’s The Son, starring Pierce Brosnan, which also included historical elements, and immediately jumped on it.
Murphy and Mann executive produce alongside Kapital’s Kaplan and Dana Honor and KatCo’s Katsky.
Mann, repped by APA, is a well known Hollywood chronicler who has previously written Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn; How to Be A Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor In Hollywood; Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand; and Wisecracker: The Life And Times Of William Haines.
Desperate Housewives and Caprica alum Murphy created/executive produced the series Valentine and Hellcats...