HBO Max Orders True Crime Series ‘Love and Death’ Starring Elizabeth Olsen

HBO Max has ordered the limited series “Love and Death,” starring Elizabeth Olsen  and written by David E. Kelley.

Inspired by the book Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs and a collection of articles from Texas Monthly (“Love & Death in Silicon Prairie,” Part I & II), the series, directed by Lesli Linka Glatter, is about two churchgoing couples enjoying small town family life in Texas until somebody picks up an axe.

The series is produced by Lionsgate, and executive produced by David E. Kelley through David E. Kelley Productions; Nicole Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films; Lesli Linka Glatter; Scott Brown and Megan Creydt through Texas Monthly; Matthew Tinker; Michael Klick and Helen Verno.

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“This is a gripping story about the frustrations and desires of two women in a small town that culminates in a terrible act of violence,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be partnering with David, Lesli, Nicole and Per, and incredibly fortunate to have Elizabeth at the center of our story to bring out all the layers of Candy that make this story so unforgettable.”

“We cannot imagine a more perfect artist to play the leading role of Candy than Elizabeth Olsen,” Kevin Beggs, chairman of Lionsgate Television Group, said in a statement. “Her talent, charisma and energy can bewitch audiences like no other. We’re proud to be collaborating with a world-class creative team of Lesli, David and Nicole on this thrilling and intriguing series and to bring another exciting premium property to our partners at HBO Max.”

Disney+, ABC Studios Complete ‘Big Shot’ Cast

Disney Television Studios, a collection of labels comprised of 20th Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios, announced that Shiri Appleby and Yvette Nicole Brown have been cast in the Disney+ original series “Big Shot,” written and executive produced by David E. Kelley and Dean Lorey.

John Stamos leads the ensemble cast for the 10-episode series, which begins production Nov. 7. Disney+ launches Nov. 12.

Shiri Appleby most recently starred in Lifetime dramedy “Unreal,” earning a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for her lead role. In addition to her work in front of the camera, she has also directed numerous TV episodes including “Light as a Feather,” “Roswell, New Mexico,” “Unreal” and “PLL: Perfectionists.”

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Yvette Nicole Brown will soon to be seen as “Aunt Sarah” in the Disney+ live-action reimagining of Lady and the Tramp, premiering on the service Nov. 12th.

Brown is perhaps best known for her starring role as “Shirley Bennett” on “Community,” and has also appeared on “The Mayor” and “The Odd Couple” reboot. She recently completed work on the independent film Love and Oatmeal, starring Ben Platt and Lola Kirke.

Rounding out the “Big Shot” series regulars are Richard Robicheaux (“Boyhood,” Oceans 8), Sophia Mitri Schloss, Nell Verlaque, Tiana Le, Monique Green, Tisha Custodio and Cricket Wampler.

Hulu Touts 28 Million Subscribers, 58 Million Users

Hulu May 1 disclosed it has 28 million subscribers, including 26.8 million paid and 1.3 million promotional accounts. The service claims 58 million “subscribers” when adding in password sharing. Hulu ended 2018 with 25 million subs.

Netflix ended its most-recent fiscal period with 60.2 million paid subs in the United States, excluding 1.56 million free trials.

The SVOD service co-owned by Disney and Comcast revealed the data during its Hulu ‘19 Presentation at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, N.Y.

“In today’s direct-to-consumer world, viewers are demanding better when it comes to TV — from the user experience to their content choices to the advertising,” CEO Randy Freer said in a statement. “Hulu’s continued growth, as well as the shows and initiatives announced today, reflect our deep investment in product, programming, brand, customer experience and business strategy to ensure that with Hulu, consumers can connect with the stories they love, at the right time and price, on any device.”

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Hulu’s strong uptick in subscribers comes following years of minimal sub gains as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video saw their sub bases grow exponentially.

With Disney assuming majority control of Hulu following its $71.3 billion acquisition of 2oth Century Fox Film Corp., the company is staking much of its over-the-top video future on Hulu and pending SVOD service Disney+.

Separately, Hulu said it has expanded its Marvel partnership for two new live-action series, with “Marvel’s Ghost Rider” and “Marvel’s Helstrom” slated to debut on Hulu in 2020.

The series come after Netflix ended its run of original Marvel TV series.

Hulu is also partnering with Vox Media Studios, David Chang’s Majordomo Media, and Chrissy Teigen’s Suit & Thai Productions to develop and produce a slate of food-centric programming.

Nicole Kidman and Emmy-winning producer Bruna Papandrea will adapt the latest book by New York Times bestselling author Liane Moriarty, Nine Perfect Strangers, for Hulu via their respective production companies.

Emmy-winning producer David E. Kelley and John Henry Butterworth will co-showrun and co-write the series.