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Killing Eve Season 4 Announces New Lead Writer

Killing Eve Season 4 Announces New Lead Writer
Kayti Burt Feb 20, 2020

In an industry designed to give a creative elite most of the "best" opportunities, Killing Eve is actively trying something different.

It's not uncommon in this pop culture day and age for a woman-centric show to market around its on-screen feminist ideals... as it should. But it's much rarer for female-led shows to put their money where their mouth is behind the scenes, not only with women in positions of creative authority, but in systems that actively support and foster the promotion of new talent in those highest of creative roles.

This is the rare case with Killing Eve, which has intentionally had a different woman showrunner for each season. Emmy-winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge created the show and served as its head writer in Season 1 before passing the baton to Emerald Fennell in Season 2, who then passed it on to Suzanne Heathcote for Season 3, which will premiere in April.
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‘Killing Eve’: Laura Neal Becomes Fourth Lead Writer In Four Seasons Of The Emmy-Winning Series

‘Killing Eve’: Laura Neal Becomes Fourth Lead Writer In Four Seasons Of The Emmy-Winning Series
There are very few things in life that you can guarantee. The saying normally includes death and taxes, as the two primary things that will never change. Well, we can also add new lead writers for “Killing Eve.” As we’ve seen in the three previous seasons, right as a new batch of episodes is about to begin production, the network bosses announce a new woman that will become the lead writer for the BBC America spy series.

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TVLine Items: Jeri Ryan Joins MacGyver, The Office Vet to Amazon and More

TVLine Items: Jeri Ryan Joins MacGyver, The Office Vet to Amazon and More
MacGyver is getting a surprise family visit: Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager) has joined the CBS drama in a season-long arc as the titular character’s aunt, TVInsider.com reports.

Ryan’s Gwendolyn Hayes is the sister of MacGyver’s beloved mother. She is also “an ex-dxs agent who was presumed dead,” executive producer Peter Lenkov tells the site. “Mac never knew she existed, but Gwen was always keeping track of her nephew’s life in the shadows. She is now the presumed head of Codex, the organization that the Phoenix has been hunting this season.”

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‘Killing Eve’ Season 4: ‘Sex Education’ Alum Laura Neal Named Spy Drama’s Fourth Head Writer

  • The Wrap
‘Killing Eve’ Season 4: ‘Sex Education’ Alum Laura Neal Named Spy Drama’s Fourth Head Writer
Continuing its tradition of naming a new head writer each season, BBC America’s “Killing Eve” has tapped Laura Neal to head Season 4. She succeeds Suzanne Heathcote, Emerald Fennell and series creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Neal, whose previous writing credits include “Sex Education” and “Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” will serve as writer and executive producer on the fourth season of the spy drama, which was picked up last month. Season 4 will go into production later this year.

Killing Eve smashes television tropes in every way, both on the screen and behind it,” said Sarah Barnett, President, AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. “We have a remarkable squad of ferociously smart women writers passing the baton to each other on this show, aligned around a coherent vision but bringing it to life with their own specific sparkle and brilliance. Laura Neal is the latest incredible leader of the pack on Killing Eve.
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‘Killing Eve’: Laura Neal Set As Lead Writer For Season 4 Of BBC America Series

  • Deadline
Laura Neal has been tapped as the next lead writer on BBC America’s critically acclaimed and award-winning series Killing Eve, from Sid Gentle Films. Neal will work on the upcoming season 4. BBC America handed the series an early season 4 renewal last month, well ahead of its season 3 April 26 premiere on Bbca and AMC. Season four of Killing Eve will go into production later this year.

Killing Eve smashes television tropes in every way, both on the screen and behind it,” said Sarah Barnett, President, AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. “We have a remarkable squad of ferociously smart women writers passing the baton to each other on this show, aligned around a coherent vision but bringing it to life with their own specific sparkle and brilliance. Laura Neal is the latest incredible leader of the pack on Killing Eve.”

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Idris Elba Loves Being a DJ So Much, He Keeps Making TV Shows and Movies About It

  • Indiewire
When asked by Netflix if he had any ideas for TV shows, one of pop culture’s most intimidating screen presences said yes — he wanted to do a comedy.

Idris Elba, who stars in and co-created “Turn Up Charlie” with Gary Reich, acknowledged to IndieWire that it was a decision fueled by wanting to do something different, though not necessarily that different from his past work. “The thought of doing comedy felt like either I do something really outrageous like you know… I don’t know. Who’s the guy…? Not Russ Meyers. What’s his name?”

Elba then held up a pinky to the corner of his mouth, invoking the classic “Austin Powers” character Dr. Evil, played by Mike Myers, then laughing off the idea as ridiculous. “People would have been like, what’s happened to Idris?”

Instead of going broad, therefore, Elba wanted to do something relatively grounded,
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‘Covert Affairs’ Piper Perabo & ‘Turn’s Jj Feild Join Idris Elba’s Netflix Comedy ‘Turn Up Charlie’

‘Covert Affairs’ Piper Perabo & ‘Turn’s Jj Feild Join Idris Elba’s Netflix Comedy ‘Turn Up Charlie’
Covert Affairs star Piper Perabo and Turn star Jj Feild are to star alongside Idris Elba in Netflix’s comedy series Turn Up Charlie.

The pair, along with newcomer Frankie Hervey, join the series, which sees Elba play a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor. Perabo, who also starred in Coyote Ugly, is also a superstar DJ as well as a feminist icon and vivacious trendsetter, who has chosen to abandon the chaotic and exciting life she lived in America, to put roots down in London in an attempt to give her badly behaved daughter more stability and normality.

Feild plays a charming and charismatic Hollywood actor who returns to his hometown, while Hervey plays a spoiled, savvy and mischievous youngster.

Elba plays Charlie, who’s given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.

The Wire star is also exec producing Turn Up Charlie,
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Turn Up Charlie: Release Date Set for Idris Elba Netflix Series

Joseph Baxter Kayti Burt Jan 3, 2019

Turn Up Charlie stars Idris Elba as a DJ moonlighting as a manny in this Netflix comedy series.

Idris Elba is a DJ (he is what he plays), both in real-life and coming soon on Netflix for an upcoming comedy series called Turn Up Charlie.

The man wears multiple occupational hats, both as an extremely-busy actor of film, stage and television, but also as a dabbler in soul/hip-hop music and as a DJ, for which he operates under the name “DJ Big Driis”. However, a synthesis of those two occupations will arrive in form of the Netflix TV series.

Turn Up Charlie heads to Netflix with an 8-episode inaugural season. Elba stars as Charlie, a struggling DJ who is apparently close to procuring the gig that will finally make career. However, that prospect could become derailed, since he reluctantly becomes the “manny” (male nanny
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Netflix unveils new European originals including Julian Fellowes football drama 'The English Game'

Streaming giant also announces shows from France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.

Netflix has announced a new batch of European original dramas at press event in Rome.

These include a six-part drama from Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes and an eight-part comedy created by and starring Idris Elba.

UK indie 42 (Watership Down) is producing Fellowes’ series The English Game, which Netflix VP of international originals Eric Barmack said was about “the invention of modern football and how its creation reached across the class divide”.

He added that the series would be “part-Etonians, part-factory workers”.

The drama was one of a
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‘Luther’ Star Idris Elba To Star As Struggling DJ In Netflix Comedy ‘Turn Up Charlie’

Luther star Idris Elba is heading to Netflix with a new comedy series about a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor.

The Wire star is starring in and exec producing Turn Up Charlie, a UK comedy series from Brown Eyed Boy Productions, the Endemol Shine UK-backed production company run by Gary Reich.

The show sees Elba play Charlie, a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who’s given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.

The eight episode series, with half hour episodes, is exec produced by Elba, Reich and Tristram Shapeero and co-executive produced by Martin Joyce, Ana Garanito, and written by Laura Neal, Femi Oyeniran, and Victoria Asare-Archer. Directed by Shapeero and Matt Lipsey, the series is co-produced by Brown Eyed Boy Productions and Green Door Pictures

Production begins this May in the U.K.
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Idris Elba to Star in Netflix Comedy Series ‘Turn Up Charlie’

  • Variety
Netflix has ordered a comedy series starring Idris Elba called “Turn Up Charlie,” Variety has learned.

Co-created by Elba and TV producer Gary Reich, the series follows Charlie (Elba), a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who’s given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter. Netflix has ordered an eight-episode first season of the half-hour series. Production will begin this May in the U.K.

Elba and Reich will executive produce along with Tristram Shapeero. Shapeero will also direct the series with Matt Lipsey. Laura Neal, Femi Oyeniran, and Victoria Asare-Archer serve as writers with Georgia Lester also serving as writer as well as supervising producer. Martin Joyce and Ana Garanito are co-executive producers. Gill Isles will serve as producer. The series will be co-produced by Reich’s Brown Eyed Boy Productions and Elba’s Green Door Pictures.
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Idris Elba to Create, Star in Netflix Comedy Series 'Turn Up Charlie'

Netflix is going into business with Idris Elba.

The streaming giant has handed out a straight-to-series, eight-episode order for half-hour entry Turn Up Charlie, an original comedy created by, starring and exec produced by the Luther Emmy nominee.

Elba will star in the comedy as Charlie, a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend's problem-child daughter. Additional casting was not announced.

Laura Neal, Femi Oyeniran and Victoria Asare-Archer will pen the script. Elba, Gary Reich and Tristram Shapeero (Community) will exec produce....
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