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EXCLUSIVE: Murder Mystery and The Alienist star Luke Evans is to lead an ITV crime drama from Bodyguard producer World Productions. The actor, who also starred in The Fate of the Furious, will play police officer Steve Wilkins in The Pembrokeshire Murders.
The three-part series, which depicts the pursuit of a cold-blooded serial killer, is based on true-crime book Catching the Bullseye Killer, written by Senior Investigating Officer Steve Wilkins and ITV news journalist Jonathan Hill.
Filming kicks off this month on the series, which was commissioned by ITV's Head of Drama Polly Hill, is written by In Plain Sight's Nick Stevens. The series comes from ITV-owned Bodyguard and Line of Duty producer World Productions and is produced by Hinterland's Ed Talfan for Wales-based Severn Screen.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle's Keith Allen plays John Cooper, Game of Thrones' Owen Teale plays Gerard Elias, The End of the F***ing World's Alexandria Riley stars as Jackie Richards, Requiem's Caroline Berry plays Pat Cooper, All the Money in the World's Oliver Ryan stars as Andrew Cooper and Undateable's David Fynn plays ITV News journalist Jonathan Hill.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment will distribute with production support from the Welsh Government.
The story centers around two unsolved double murders from the 1980s cast a shadow over the work of the Dyfed Powys police force. In 2006, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins decided to reopen both cases. Employing pioneering forensic methods, Wilkins and his team found microscopic DNA and fibres that potentially linked the murders to a string of burglaries committed in the 80s and 90s. The perpetrator of those robberies was nearing the end of his prison sentence, but if Steve Wilkins was right, he was also a serial killer. Could Steve and his team find enough forensic evidence to charge their suspect before he was released to potentially kill again?
Luke Evans said, “It is a privilege to be playing the role of Steve Wilkins in The Pembrokeshire Murders and working again with Simon Heath, his team at World Productions and ITV. It's a huge responsibility for me as the drama depicts a true crime which to this day still affects the families of those whose lives were tragically taken.”
ITV's Polly Hill said, “Nick Stevens script is a fascinating and insightful account into how and why the Dyfed Powys Police team reopened this cold case and brought a serial killer to justice after he'd evaded capture for nearly two decades. I have wanted to work with Luke Evans again since we made The Great Train Robbery, which Simon Heath and World Productions also produced. I'm delighted that The Pembrokeshire Murders is that project, as Luke will be incredible as Steve...
Even though Apple TV+ doesn’t seem too keen to share their subscribers numbers after launching last year, the streaming service from the tech giant is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to creating new content. A new addition to their slate of original programming is in the works from Despicable Me writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio and executive producer Lorne Michaels, the mastermind behind Saturday Night Live, and it will feature SNL cast member Cecily Strong in one of the lead roles. So what’s this Apple TV+ musical comedy series about?
Deadline has news of the Apple TV+ musical comedy series that doesn’t yet have an official title, but it does have a fun premise. A couple heads out on a backpacking trip to help reinvigorate their relationship and they stumble upon a town called Schmigadoon. For some reason, everyone here acts as if they’re in a big studio musical from the 1940s, and very quickly, the couple finds out they can’t leave town until they find “true love.”
That sounds like a lot of fun. It has that feel of a comedic approach to La La Land but with a musical Pleasantville kind of twist. Musical shows can be hit or miss on television, especially when it comes to the quality of the song and dance numbers. The question is whether the couple finds that their true love is for each other or maybe they’ll fall in love with someone else. Perhaps they’ll each learn to love themselves before they can be in a proper relationship. It could go a variety of ways.
Lorne Michaels will executive produce through Broadway Video while Paul will be the showrunner. Strong is also producing in addition to her starring role, and Daurio will be a consulting producer. Universal Television is also on board the project.
Apparently this project has been in the works at Apple for nearly an entire year, so they must have been working to get it just right before going into production. Or were they maybe waiting until Cecily Strong decided to leave SNL? Apparently the current 45th season is the last one in her current contract, but she may not necessarily have to leave the sketch series in order to make this Apple TV+ show. After all, it doesn’t sound like it can sustain itself over more than a single season. Plus, SNL cast members Aidy Bryant and Kenan Thompson both have their own shows Shrill at Hulu and The Kenan Show at NBC, respectively, and they’re not intending to leave SNL anytime soon.
Cecily Strong is one of the more underrated cast members currently at SNL. She’s not always in the spotlight, but when she is, it’s usually hilarious. Since this is a musical series we’re talking about, we’ll leave you with one of her more recent musical exploits on SNL from the holidays last year:
At least 300,000 individuals downloaded Quibi, the entertainment industry's newest streaming service, on its Monday launch date according to data from two analytics firms.
Sensor Tower reported that more than 300,000 users downloaded the mobile-only, short form platform while App Annie estimated 700,000 users downloaded Quibi on Monday. The numbers were originally reported by Variety and the Los Angeles Times, respectively. IndieWire confirmed the data with both analytics firms.
The sharply varying numbers make it difficult to determine how much traction Quibi gained on its launch day and exemplifies the difficulty of determining how successful streaming services are. While Nielsen's ratings have long been the voice of authority for television viewership, there is no standard of measurement for the industry's numerous streaming services.
A Quibi spokesperson referred IndieWire to the Los Angeles Times report and did not release its own data on downloads.
“We are very excited about our day one performance,” Quibi said in a statement.
While it's unclear which data set is accurate, that at least 300,000 users downloaded the “quick bites” streaming service suggest that Quibi turned more than a few heads on Monday. The platform launched with dozens of original titles — Quibi offers no library content — and boasts significant star power. A wide variety of household names, from Cardi B and Chance the Rapper to Idris Elba, Will Forte, and Kaitlin Olson, star in various Quibi series, and entertainment industry heavyweights such as Steven Spielberg and Steven Soderbergh are working on upcoming projects for the platform.
While hundreds of thousands of users have downloaded the app, only time will tell if they stick around long enough to make the $1.75 billion-backed platform a success. Quibi is offering a lengthy 90-day free trial, which no doubt helped court early adopters, and a yearlong subscription is available for free to select T-Mobile customers. An ad-supported version of Quibi costs $4.99 per month, while the ad-free version runs $7.99 per month.
IndieWire praised a handful of Quibi's launch titles, including LeBron James’ documentary “I Promise” and the noire-inspired “Movie in Chapters.” That said, “Memory Hole,” one of IndieWire's top rated Quibi launch titles, became the center of controversy when an art collective claimed the show plagiarized its art and other material.