Controversial British artist Tracey Emin is getting the urban myths treatment at Sky.
The Comcast-owned broadcaster has ordered on a comedy drama about Emin's infamous messy bed artwork with Inside No. 9 and The Windsors star Morgana Robinson below playing Emin.
One-off special In Bed with Tracey Emin, which will be a surreal telling of how Emin created the infamous work of art in less than a week, will air as part of Sky's Urban Myths strand in 2020.
The strand, which airs on Sky Arts, is gearing up for its fourth season. Previous specials have seen Gemma Arterton star as Marilyn Monroe set against the backdrop of the 1959 rom-com Some Like It Hot, Sophie Rundle play Princess Diana in a story about a night out with Freddie Mercury, and Kelly Macdonald as Princess Margaret in a comedy about her relationship with Mick Jagger. The strand's most controversial moment, however, was when an episode starring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson, in a story about his roadtrip with Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor, was pulled back in 2017.
Emin's My Bed was first created in 1998 and exhibited at the Tate Gallery in 1999 as one of the shortlisted works for the Turner Prize. It was inspired by a sexual and depressive phase in Emin's life when she stayed in bed for four days without eating or drinking anything but alcohol. It was later bought by Charles Saatchi.
The drama, which is shooting in December, is, ironically, produced by Urban Myth Films, the company behind Fox Networks Group and Canal+'s adaptation of War of the Worlds and Netflix's forthcoming sci-fi drama The One. James De Frond Murder In Successville is directing.
Who knew it would take a pandemic-induced quarantine to get George R.R. Martin to finally finish his long-awaited sixth novel in his ongoing A Song of Ice and Fire series? Honestly, we wouldn’t expect anything less from the notorious procrastinator.
Martin, whose A Song of Ice and Fire novels served as the inspiration for HBO’s flagship fantasy series Game of Thrones, has long been dithering on his sixth novel in the seven-part series, The Winds of Winter. First it was supposed to be done in 2014. Then 2015. Then 2017. The book, which Martin has predicted could total 1,500 pages at least, has seen so many delays that fans had long given up ever seeing the series finished. But now Martin is holed up in his home with his many side projects put on hold, and the author says that he is returning to Westeros.
On Martin’s Not A Blog website, the author somberly reflected on how quickly the world has changed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, which has now spread into a global pandemic. The author announced the temporary closures of his several organizations, including the interactive art experience Meow Wolf, the Jean Cocteau Cinema theater, and his non-profit, the Stagecoach Foundation.
As his side projects shut down, and the HBO productions for Game of Thrones spin-offs likely come to a halt amidst other coronavirus postponements, that leaves Martin at home with only his typewriter and Westeros to keep him company. And yes, the author confirmed, he is “spending more time in Westeros than in the real world, writing every day”:
For those of you who may be concerned for me personally… yes, I am aware that I am very much in the most vulnerable population, given my age and physical condition. But I feel fine at the moment, and we are taking all sensible precautions. I am off by myself in a remote isolated location, attended by one of my staff, and I’m not going in to town or seeing anyone. Truth be told, I am spending more time in Westeros than in the real world, writing every day. Things are pretty grim in the Seven Kingdoms… but maybe not as grim as they may become here.
Now, this isn’t confirmation that Martin is anywhere near done with The Winds of Winter. But for a book that’s been in the works for 9 years, and for which Martin has already released 11 sample chapters, it has to mean we’re close right? Could A Song of Ice and Fire fans get the ending that will satisfy them unlike the polarizing Game of Thrones ending? Are we putting too much stock into this because we have nothing else to think about during quarantine? Probably.
Right now, everyone is looking for some kind of reprieve from being locked up at home due to the spread of the coronavirus across the United States. That doesn’t appear to be in the cards anytime soon, but The Office executive producers Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman think they’ve figured out a way to make light of the situation by crafting a new workplace comedy series inspired by the sudden rise in employees working from home due to the outbreak of coronavirus forcing people to practice social distancing.
Deadline was first to learn of the currently untitled coronavirus comedy series, though it’s not necessarily about the pandemic. Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman, better known to The Office fans as the frequently maligned Toby Flenderson and one of Jim’s business partners at their company Athlead, are creating the series that is said to focus on “wunderkind boss who, in an effort to ensure his staff’s connectedness and productivity, asks them all to virtually interact and work face-to-face all day.”
The series is in the works at Big Breakfast, the comedy production banner Silverman runs, where he’ll executive produce the series along with and Luke Kelly-Clyne College Humor and Kevin Healey Scare Tactics. They’ll also be working with Howard Owens’ Propagate Content, which will have Rodney Ferrell serving as an executive producer as well.
Silverman, who was also once an NBC executive, explained the inception of the series and his hope for what it will become:
“So many of us are jumping on daily Zoom meetings — for work and beyond. We are in a new normal and are personally navigating ways to remain connected and productive at work and in our home lives. With the brilliant Paul Lieberstein at the helm, we think we have a series that not only brings humor and comfort during this troubling time but will also be an inventive and enduring workplace comedy for years to come.”
While the prospect of trying to craft a series around the coronavirus outbreak sounds like a bad idea at this time, there’s no indication that the pandemic will actually play a part in the overall concept of the series. In fact, it would be easy to pull something like this off without introducing such a grim plot device.
What I’m envisioning with this series is a show with a format that echoes what we’ve seen accomplished with movies like Unfriended and Searching. Both of those films play out entirely on computer or mobile device screens and successfully tell a solid narrative. Modern Family did something similar with an episode that unfolded across the ensemble cast’s various screens, and it worked pretty well. But if that’s what this series will be like, can that concept be sustained for an entire series? Or will they need to take...