Lucy gets role in ABC drama pilot
#1
Lucy will be doing a pilot for ABC called"Football Wives". She plays one of the wives. Follow this link for more information.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070212/tv_nm/lawless1_dc_1
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#2
Thanks for that link! I wonder if this is going to be the American version of "Footballers Wives" that was a hit in the UK.
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#3
It could be-in any event,it would be nice to see Lucy in a weekly series again.
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[COLOR="RoyalBlue"]Yes, it absolutely is an Americanized version of that UK series, described as "the popular British soap about three ordinary women's lives as they are transformed by the celebrity and fortune that come with marriage to sports superstars." Smile

Mary D has a site for it at http://footballwives.lucylawless.info/ .

Some details from Variety and elsewhere:

Lucy will play play Tanya, who in the original UK version was the ruthless, bee-yotchy spouse of bad boy Jason Turner. "Night Stalker" alum Gabrielle Union will play Chardonnay Lane, a rich Park Avenue model-turned-recording artist, who is engaged to a star wide receiver. "Stomp the Yard" cast member Brian White will play Kyle, the wide receiver fiance of Gabrielle Union's character. X-Men/Superman director Bryan Singer will probably direct the pilot.

Quote:Footballers Wives" ran for five seasons on Britain's ITV and was an
out-and-out phenomenon. The story centered on the wives and girlfriends
of players for a high-profile soccer club and featured outrageous plot
twists not seen since the "Dynasty" era, including kidnappings, aborted
weddings, murder and serial bed-hopping.

The ABC pilot will be transplanted to American football, soccer not
being the obsession here that it is overseas. Marco Pennette ("Ugly
Betty," "Inconceivable") wrote the script and will executive produce
with Bert Salke and Chris Brancato ("North Shore," "Boomtown").

And of course, hardcore online fans are reacting to this...well, in exactly the manner you'd expect. :poke:

Here's some info on the original British version of her character:

Quote:Background

Has been widowed three times—first husband, Jason Turner plummeted to
his death from a hotel roof, second husband, Frank Laslett died of a
Viagra induced heart attack, third husband, a Brazilian, Federico,
died recently of causes unknown. Has a younger half-sister, Anika but
they haven't been in contact in years.

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More than anything else, Tanya is a survivor—an extremely strong woman
who knows what she wants and will do anything to keep it. Although
she's fiercely loyal to the few people who have managed to win her
friendship, cross her and she becomes the sort of enemy that
nightmares are made of – a predator who can pick out someone's
weakness at 100 yards and who is cold, calculating and remorseless in
her revenge. Tanya is highly intelligent and is resourceful enough to
manipulate a harmful situation to her advantage, a strength flawed by
her belief that without a man and her glamorous lifestyle, she's
nothing. A brief spell behind the bars of HMP Larkhall taught her
humility, but once back on the outside, all of this was forgotten as
she resumed her rightful place as the Queen Bee of the Earls Park
Wives.




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#5
The British version is generally considered to be the trashiest piece of rubbish on British TV in years.
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:lol: Clearly why it ran for 5 years!! :clap:
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#7
I loved it! LOL It was so over the top and Lucy is playing Tanya?! Oh wow...Tanya made Alexis Colby look tame at times.
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#8
Hey where have you managed to see the UK version? Do you get that BBC America channel? What else do you get to watch? Is Torchwood available?

BTW, I see that "Lost" actress Kiele Sanchez is playing the third female lead, "the pregnant wife of a rising football star, a good-natured woman with a secret."
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#9
I missed it when it had it's first run on BBC America but have since caught it via DVDs. Amazon has Season 1 to 3.

I do think they may have to tame down some of the antics that took place on the UK version for American audiences. Some of it was pretty racy and in your face but if you get the chance to get a hold of the DVD's watch it and see how crazy and witchy the character of Tanya is.
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#10
I wonder if the American version will be about proper footballers as in the original or American Footballers? Wink
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#11
[COLOR="RoyalBlue"]Oh, it's American football players, definitely. They've dropped the extra "-er" in the title in fact.

And from Reuters:

Quote:Former "Dawson's Creek" star James Van Der Beek has joined ABC's drama pilot "Football Wives," which revolves around women whose lives are transformed when they marry NFL superstars. Van Der Beek will play a rookie... Gabrielle Union, Kiele Sanchez and Lucy Lawless were previously
announced as wives, while Ving Rhames will play the GM of a football
team. Arielle Kebbel will play the younger sister of Sanchez' character.


And in other news, Holly Robinson Peete has joined the cast as the mother of the star wide receiver (Brian White).
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#12
Some more details, from TV.com:

Quote:Based on the cult British soap Footballers' Wive, this remake
chronicles the exciting and dangerous lives of three wealthy women,
Donna, Tanya and Chardonnay, all wives to superstar footballers. Updated
for the US by Ugly Betty's Marco Pennette, ABC's remake promises to
retain the trashy, high-camp drama of the original series, whilst adding
its own unique charm and flare to the premise.

The pilot is directed by House M.D.'s Bryan Singer, and is executive
produced by Singer, Pennette, Chris Brancato, Bert Salke and Shed
Productions.

Pilot storyline:

Pregnant Donna Reynolds finds herself welcomed into a life of luxury
when her husband is picked as a first round draft for the superstar
Florida Stingrays. But she immediately struggles with her sudden wealth,
the change in her husband's personality and her promiscuous younger
sister, as well as the fact she's being blackmailed by the man who
adopted her secret first child. Meanwhile, the rest of the football
wives don't fair much better. Leader of the pack Tanya Austin worries
her husband's place on the team is in jeopardy when general manager
Frank Wallingford becomes interested in signing up a talented young
quarterback, and Chardonnay Lane faces up against her fiercely
protective mother-in-law, who will do anything to stop her son from
marrying the supermodel-turned-pop star.

Airs: Saturday September 1, 2007
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#13
I really hope this is good, and I hope its successful too. Of course we have to wait and see if it gets picked up first.
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august Wrote:Hey where have you managed to see the UK version? Do you get that BBC America channel? What else do you get to watch? Is Torchwood available?

'Robin hood', and It's wonderful. 'Sheriff' is played with just the right degree of 'Aren't I just the biggest 'pain in the rump' you've ever seen. Too bad, so sad."

Haven't seen Torchwood, what is it??
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#15
Torchwood is a Doctor who spin-off focusing on the slightly irritating Captain Jack. It's basically Doctor Who with more swearing.
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#16
Mary D quoted the Hollywood Reporter recently, which said:

Quote:Just like the FDA extensively tests every new food before it hits the market, the broadcast networks for the past week have subjected their pilots to a series of rigorous screenings and testing by focus groups. At their upfront presentations in New York on May 14-18 the nets will announce which projects have been approved to go on the primetime market. But for now, pilot information is guarded more closely than the Coca-Cola recipe, forcing
anxious industry folk to feed on rumors. Here is the latest round of
pilot gossip:

-- ABC, which is rumored to pick up four to six one-hour pilots, is
said to be proceeding with high-level staffing on two dramas, "Pushing
Daisies" and the untitled Jon Feldman project -- a sign that the shows
might be joining the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff on the schedule next
season. Also hot is drama "Marlowe," which recently received an order
for two additional scripts and is now lining up series directors, as
well as "Dirty Sexy Money." "Cashmere Mafia," "Eli Stone" and
"Football Wives" also are believed to be in contention.
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[SIZE="3"][COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]From Mary D, quoting a rumor reported in TV Guide:


ABC's (Rumored) New Fall Schedule: ABC doesn't officially unveil its fall schedule until next Tuesday, but here's one version making the rounds...

THURSDAY

8 - Ugly Betty
9 - Grey's Anatomy
10 - Football Wives[/COLOR][/SIZE]
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#18
From the Hollywood Reporter, via Mary D, "Football Wives" has been picked up. And in another article, they report that costs for "another ensemble ABC drama pilot, the Bryan Singer-directed "Football Wives," are understood to come in at about $6.7 million."
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#19
And in aclassix demonstration of how quickly things change in Hollywood, Lucy has now announced that "Football Wives" did not get picked up. :confused:

From her site:

Quote:So 'Footy Wives' died a horrible death on the operating table. As late as thursday morning it was on the slate as the 10pm follow up to Grey's Anatomy, then it had a sudden and fatal myocardial infarction and it was all over. One conspiracy theorist suggested that ABC and ESPN are owned by the same people and so our portrayal of some players and their wives as wretched Ho's engaged in drug-fuelled skulduggery was incompatible with life. Bummer. Sounds like a surefire hit to me.

I've realised that acting is really for people who don't know how to do anything else. I swear to God, if I had a career option, I'd have taken it long ago.

So now I'm really thinking about what I'm going to do next. NY is a go-go. Then I have no idea what I will do next. I kind of like that. Up and at 'em!

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#20
Boy,what a bummer!:mad: Sounds like ABC has made the same mistake with this one that it made with the Sorbo sitcom pilot"Bobby Cannon"a couple of years ago. Maybe this one has a chance to be on the midseason list-let's hope so!
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