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Katherine Heigl to Star in Netflix's 'Firefly Lane'. The 'Suits' star will also be an executive producer of the adaptation of Kristin Hannah's novel. Netflix's adaptation of Firefly Lane has landed one of its two leads in Katherine Heigl. The Suits and former Grey's Anatomy star will play Tully Hart, one of the two women at the center of the story based on Kristin Hannah's novel. She'll also serve as an executive producer of the 10-episode series. Heigl's Tully is described as magnetic, ambitious and fiercely loyal -- a force of nature. Firefly Lane revolves around Tully and Kate, who meet as young girls and become inseparable best friends throughout 30 years of ups and downs, successes and failures, depression and disappointments. When an unthinkable betrayal breaks them apart the two women go their separate ways, and it's unclear whether they'll ever be able to reconcile. Maggie Friedman (Witches of East End, No Tomorrow) is adapting the novel and will serve as showrunner. She executive produces with Heigl, Stephanie Germain and Lee Rose. Hannah is a co-exec producer. Peter O'Fallon (UnReal) will direct and executive produce the first episode. The final season of Suits, which Heigl joined in 2018, debuts July 17 on USA. She starred in CBS comedy Our House this past pilot season; her post-Grey's Anatomy credits also include Doubt and State of Affairs. Firefly Lane is Hannah's third novel with an adaptation in production. Her books The Nightingale and The Great Alone are both in production at Sony's TriStar Pictures, with Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones) set to direct The Nightingale. The series joins a roster of upcoming shows at Netflix that includes (among others) adaptations of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, The Chronicles of Narnia and video game Cuphead, along with Ryan Murphy's The Politician and Hollywood -- the latter the first series produced under his massive overall deal at the streamer -- YA show I Am Not Okay With This and a coming-of-age comedy from Mindy Kaling. (Hollywood Reporter)
Evan Rachel Wood Slams Stranger Things Character Jim Hopper's 'Unacceptable' Behavior. The Westworld actress warned her followers against getting involved with people prone to "extreme jealousy and violent rages." WARNING: This article contains spoilers for season 3 of Stranger Things. Fans have always loved Jim Hopper on Stranger Things -- but Evan Rachel Wood is calling out the character's behavior in season 3. In the Netflix drama's new episodes, the Hawkins, Indiana police chief (played by David Harbour) doggedly pursues a romance with the grieving Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) and angrily demands that Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) stop dating his adoptive daughter, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). Westword star Wood ,31, urged her Twitter followers never to date someone who exhibits similar behavior. "You should never date a guy like the cop from #strangerthings Extreme jealousy and violent rages are not flattering or sexy like TV would have you believe. That is all," she wrote on Friday. She later added, "Yes I am aware it's 'just a show' and it's set 'in the 80s' even though this stuff was unacceptable then too, but that's exactly my point. It's just a show and this is a gentle reminder not to fall for this crap in real life. Red flags galore." After one user expressed relief that Joyce and Hopper did not couple up by the season's end, the actress said she was still frustrated by the fact that Joyce had agreed to go out with him again. "She rescheduled the date he yelled and got in her face about while policing every guy she spoke to. No thanks," Wood wrote, adding, "She is allowed to stand him up without being screamed at. Especially when she is worried about her children. Priority number 1. He also insisted it wasn't a date and clearly he lied. She shouldn't have rescheduled. He should have gone to therapy." She later clarified, "She rescheduled the date. That's where the message was lost and they made the behavior acceptable. That's my complaint." Wood also replied to a user who defended Hopper's actions because he'd endured the death of his daughter, a divorce and various addictions. "Exactly. If this were real life I would suggest he go to therapy and not project his pain on other people in the form of abuse. That's how the cycle starts," Wood wrote. The star said she went public with her complaints because she was "severely abused" and wanted to alert others to the warning signs. Wood's comments were flooded with both support and criticism, though she took the latter well, sharing a GIF of a yawning sloth. "Cue all the abusive people attacking me on twitter for posting a warning not to fall for abusive behavior like a popular tv character exhibited on a popular show because it reminds them of themselves and they feel personally attacked? Bring it on guys," she wrote. She continued, "I didn't even say he was a bad guy or to stop watching the show, I just said 'don't date people like that.' But alas, abusers hear an attack and want a fight. Proving my point with their own retaliation." Netflix did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. (People)
"Extra" has hired "Good Day Wake Up" host Jennifer Lahmers as a correspondent for its big revamped show starting on Fox this fall. Lahmers' last day on Fox's "Wake Up" -- which she hosts from 4:30 to 7 a.m. before Rosanna Scotto and Lori Stokes take over on "Good Day New York" -- will be Aug. 12, we're told. She may move to Los Angeles to report for the syndicated entertainment show, newly retitled "Extra, Extra" and to be hosted by Billy Bush. (Page Six)
Starz Play Takes 'Pennyworth' for Europe, Latin America. In Europe, the streaming deal covers the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg. Starz Play, the streaming service of Lionsgate premium TV unit Starz, has picked up Epix original series Pennyworth for Europe and Latin America. In Europe, the deal covers the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg. Jack Bannon (The Imitation Game, Ripper Street) plays the young Alfred Pennyworth in the 10-episode drama about the man best known as Batman Bruce Wayne's butler. The series from showrunner Bruno Heller focuses on Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier in his 20s, forms a security company and goes to work with young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who is not yet Bruce's father, in 1960s London. Ben Aldridge plays Thomas Wayne. The drama also stars Emma Paetz (Gentleman Jack), Hainsley Lloyd Bennett (Eastenders), Ryan Fletcher (Outlander), Dorothy Atkinson (Hanna), Paloma Faith (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) and Jason Flemyng (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Produced by Warner Horizon Scripted Television and based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, the series is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. Starz has touted the international expansion of the Starz Play streaming service, with analysts saying it would be particularly appealing for CBS Corp. if it ends up reaching a deal to acquire Starz from Lionsgate. Starz has 24.7 million subscribers, with 4 million by way of the Starz streamer in the U.S. and 3 million internationally. (Hollywood Reporter)