Kim Cattrall to Star on Fox Dramedy Pilot ‘Filthy Rich’ From ‘The Help’ Director

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Kim Cattrall is set to lead the cast of Fox’s Southern dramedy pilot, “Filthy Rich,” from “The Help” director, Tate Taylor, TheWrap has learned.

Here’s the logline for the project: A Southern Gothic dramedy revolving around two strong, sharp women who will go to any length to protect their loved ones and get their due. When the wealthy CEO of the world’s largest Christian network dies in a plane crash, his wife and adult children are stunned to discover he has grown, illegitimate kids who are also in his will. When the steel azalea matriarch of the family tries to pay them to go away, these newly legitimized heirs have very different ideas and insist on not only staying in town, but becoming part of the family empire

The “Sex and the City” alum will play Margaret Monroe, that “steel azalea matriarch of the family,” mentioned in the description above.

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Taylor will write, direct and executive produce the pilot. Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, and John Norris are also executive producing. Cattrall will also serve as producer. “Filthy Rich” hails from 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television.

Cattrall recently starred on the first season of CBS All Access’ “Tell Me a Story.” She is best known for her role in HBO’s “Sex and the City” which earned her a Golden Globe and five Emmy nominations.

She is repped by manager Carol Bodie and attorneys Steve Warren and Barry Littman.

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Kim Cattrall To Star In Tate Taylor’s Fox Southern Drama Pilot ‘Filthy Rich’

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Kim Cattrall is set to lead the cast of Filthy Rich, Fox’s soapy drama pilot from The Help writer-director Tate Taylor, Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox TV.
Written and to be directed by Taylor based on the New Zealand series, Filthy Rich …

As the Streaming Wars Heat Up, Don’t Forget About CBS All Access

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CBS All Access was launched a little over four years ago — Oct. 16, 2014 — and Marc DeBevoise remembers exactly what happened.

“We knew what the strategy was all along, we knew where we were headed and we knew what we wanted to do with it,” DeBevoise, president and COO of CBS Interactive, tells TheWrap. “Frankly, it was an incomplete product when we launched it.” But in the last couple of years, CBS Interactive, which runs All Access, has been working to transform the service into a major player in the streaming world.

The subscription streaming product, initially a way for non-TV subscribers to watch the CBS broadcast network, as well as the network’s catalog of shows like “The Brady Bunch” and “I Love Lucy,” debuted the day after HBO made its own announcement that it would too jump into the streaming space with HBO Now.

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It wasn’t easy at first.

When CBS announced in late 2015 it was developing a new “Star Trek” TV show for All Access, it was supposed to be the streamer’s coming out party. However, “Star Trek Discovery” was beset by behind-the-scenes drama, including showrunner changes that resulted in delays. But CBS is confident the show is now on track under Alex Kurtzman. “‘Discovery’ remains on course for Season 2 in 2019,” the studio said in June.

Since then, CBS All Access has ramped up its original-scripted slate with shows from producers including Will Ferrell (“No Activity”) and Ridley Scott, whose “Strange Angel” was just renewed for a second season. All Access also has “Why Women Kill” from “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry on the horizon, and perhaps its buzziest project: a reboot of “The Twilight Zone,” led by Jordan Peele that has already cast Sanaa Lathan and Adam Scott.

The company is also expanding its “Star Trek” universe with the animated “Lower Decks” and an upcoming series that will star Sir Patrick Stewart as his “Next Generation” character, Jean-Luc Picard. A miniseries based on former FBI Director James Comey’s memoir is being developed by CBS TV Studios, with All Access as a potential landing spot.

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“It is, of course, early days and the marketplace is very saturated,” Julie McNamara, executive VP, original content, CBS All Access, told TheWrap. “But we feel that we’ve taken really good first steps and are more than holding our own.” She said CBS All Access will have 10 originals on its slate in 2019.

CBS All Access lags behind the other major players in the streaming space. During the TCA press tour this summer, CBS said it had 2.5 million subscribers, with the goal of upping that number to 4 million in 2019 and 8 million by 2022. That is a far cry from Netflix, which has more than 60 million subscribers in the U.S. alone, while Hulu has more than 20 million paying customers.

In the next year, the streaming space will continue to grow, with WarnerMedia, Apple and Disney all launching their own direct-to-consumer offerings. But DeBevoise argues that when compared to other traditional media companies, CBS’ four-year head start gives them an advantage. “We’re in a place where we deeply understand that business. We were ahead of that curve.”

It also helps that David Nevins, who was just named chief creative officer for CBS Corp., will help steer CBS All Access’ content decisions. While All Access will still be led by McNamara, she argues it can only be a good thing to have Nevins, who built Showtime’s scripted originals business in the same building.

“It is wonderful anytime you have a smart creative person sitting next to you as you’re making the big decisions, I would never be unhappy about that,” she said.

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On Wednesday, CBS All Access debuted the first episode of “Tell Me a Story,” its dark fairy tale-inspired drama that weaves in classic fables like “The Three Little Pigs” and “Little Red Riding Hood.” The series, created by Kevin Williamson (“Scream,” “The Following” “Dawson’s Creek”), also features Kim Cattrall’s first TV role since “Sex and the City.”

Williamson likened working with All Access on “Tell Me a Story” to his days on “Dawson’s Creek.” “It reminded me of ‘Dawson’s Creek’ when I was at The WB in the very beginning,” he said. “It was just a handful of people over there with a small little baby network just pushing along.”

A veteran of the traditional broadcast space with shows like “The Following,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Stalker,” Williamson had grown tired of the broadcast pilot model, where as many as 90 different projects are being developed simultaneously under a big corporate umbrella. Although All Access is a part of CBS Corp., Williamson said it felt more like a smaller indie studio.

“You sort of feel like it’s more an intimate place to work, you’re getting notes from the people who are actually making the decisions,” he said. “It’s not being filtered through seven different development executives.”

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It’s that relationship aspect that McNamara, who came over to All Access in 2016 after 10 years with CBS TV Studios, argues will keep the brand competitive. Williamson said that he felt like “one of their chosen children” when they picked up his show.

“People do want to feel that their project is in really good hands and that the people they’re working with feel that it’s as important to them as to the creator,” said McNamara. “That matters. I don’t think it’s always necessarily having the most money to bring to the table.”

But it’s not like All Access won’t spend the dollars it takes to compete in the prestige streaming space. Netflix, Apple, Hulu and Amazon are all spending ambitiously big-time creative talent including Jennifer Aniston, Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy and Kenya Barris.

“It’s not exactly as much, but we’re in the top tier of content spenders of all these companies. Our content spending is not something to laugh at,” said DeBevoise.

“When we decided to make a ‘Star Trek’ show for a premium space, we knew we were going to have to spend the kind of dollars to make that feel like it wouldn’t necessarily exist on a broadcast network,” said McNamara. “That was our burden and obligation to the fans.”

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Sarah Jessica Parker Joins Kristin Davis Endorsing ‘Sex And The City’ Co-Star Cynthia Nixon In NY Gov Race

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In these Donald Trump times, in which TV stars can become President of the United States, early endorsements by cast members can be a deal breaker.
No wonder media has been watching closely to see whether Cynthia Nixon’s Sex and the City colleagues would give her quick backing.
As of writing, Kim Cattrall is the only Sex and the City star holding out on a full-throated endorsement of Nixon’s bid to become Governor of New York.
Nixon announced her first first foray into…

Sarah Jessica Parker Endorses Cynthia Nixon for New York Governor

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Sarah Jessica Parker is the latest “Sex and the City” star to endorse Cynthia Nixon in her bid for New York Governor.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the actress wrote, “A mother. An activist. An advocate. A fighter. A NY’er. A dear friend. Running for Governor of our great state. My sister on and off screen, you have my love, support and vote.”

Her post comes a few hours after the vaguely said in a statement to Page Six, “Cynthia has been my friend and colleague since we were little girls. I look forward to talking to her about her New York state gubernatorial bid.”

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Fellow “SATC” alum Kristin Davis endorsed Nixon earlier this month, minutes after the latter announced her bid.

“I am so proud of @cynthiaNixon, no one cares more than she does about EVERY person getting a fair change and a good education. I know she would be an excellent Governor !” wrote Davis, who played Charlotte on the hit HBO series.

Kim Cattrall, when asked about what she thought about Nixon’s bid, said, “I support & respect any former colleague’s right to make their own career choices.”

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I support & respect any former colleague’s right to make their own career choices.

— Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) March 22, 2018

On March 19, Nixon made it official that she would run for governor of New York in a challenge to Andrew Cuomo.

“I love New York. I’ve never lived anywhere else,” said Nixon in a promotional video. “But something has to change. We want our government to work again, on healthcare, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us. It can’t just be business as usual anymore.”

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Cynthia Nixon for Governor? New Yorkers Believe Miranda From ‘Sex and the City’ Can Fix Subway

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Only a Miranda could fix the mess that is the New York City subway system — but can Cynthia Nixon truly mend what the MTA and Andrew Cuomo have been unable to get a handle on? New Yorkers and “Sex and the City” fans on Twitter seem to think so.

At the time of this writing, “Cynthia Nixon” was the top Twitter trend in the United States, and “Miranda” was only a few spots behind. A few hours earlier, Nixon officially announced her candidacy for governor of New York.

See some of our favorite ringing endorsements below. Nixon, like Cuomo, is a Democrat.

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there’s no one i trust to fix the subway more than miranda hobbes, the person responsible for the best new york transportation-related simile on tv

— Hannah Giorgis (@ethiopienne) March 19, 2018

Fix the subways Miranda

— Rum cream on ice ???????? (@shani_o) March 19, 2018

Me: Celebrities running for political office should be approached with healthy skepticism, and held to high standards


— Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff) March 19, 2018

Miranda coming to fix the trains

— A.B. (@AlannaBennett) March 19, 2018

I think “She’s actually ridden the subway” might just be a valid campaign slogan

— jami attenberg (@jamiattenberg) March 19, 2018

pledging to fix the subway in her campaign announcement GOT MY VOTE

— marisa kabas (@MarisaKabas) March 19, 2018

“…I couldn’t help but wonder…could Miranda fix the subway? Or was it me that needed fixing?”

— Dami Lee (@dami_lee) March 19, 2018

cynthia nixon is running on the MTA grievance platform, i’m screaming

— Kelly Weill (@KELLYWEILL) March 19, 2018

I support Cynthia Nixon.

She’s a long time education activist who rides the subway every day, opposes the IDC, is fearless and strong, supports single payer, speaks out against big money in politics. She will be a great Governor of our amazing state.

— Zephyr Teachout (@ZephyrTeachout) March 19, 2018

One of the tabs on Cynthia Nixon’s campaign website is called “#CuomosMTA

“Unlike Governor Cuomo, Cynthia Nixon rides the subway every day. She understands first-hand the toll that his disastrous mismanagement of the MTA is taking on everyday New Yorkers.”

— erica orden (@eorden) March 19, 2018

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But then again, there’s this one damning outlier to consider:

i once saw cynthia nixon eating sushi on the subway and i don’t know if i can vote for someone who openly displays that kind of unethical behavior

— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) March 19, 2018

The mudslinging has already begun.

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Kim Cattrall’s Brother Found Dead After Being Reported Missing

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Christopher Cattrall, brother of actress Kim Cattrall, has been found dead at his home in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, according to a media spokesperson from the Royal Canadian Mountain Police. He was 55.

Christopher Cattrall had been reported missing on Saturday after he had not been seen since January 30. According to an Instagram post from the “Sex and the City” actress, Cattrall’s items had been found in his unlocked home earlier this weekend.

“It is with great sadness that myself and my family announce the unexpected passing of our son and brother, Chris Cattrall,” Cattrall wrote in Twitter and Instagram posts this Sunday.

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“At this time we ask for privacy,” she added. “We want to thank you all on social media for your outpouring of love and support in this trying time.”

Authorities are investigating the death, though foul play is not suspected.

It is with great sadness that myself and my family announce the unexpected passing of our son and brother, Chris Cattrall. At this time we ask for privacy. We want to thank you all on social media for your outpouring of love and support in this trying time.

– Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) February 4, 2018

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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Update: ‘No One Has Put Pen to Paper – Yet,’ Casey Bloys Says

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“Game of Thrones” may be working its way to an end, but that doesn’t mean the book is completely closing on the Westeros bunch.

“We’ve talked very, very kind of high-level, like, ‘Oh that would be interesting, a prequel would be interesting, are there areas that make more sense?,’” HBO Programming president Casey Bloys told TheWrap on Monday. “But we haven’t — no one has put pen to paper — yet. It’s still pretty early on.”

“But, it’s such a great world and it’s such a great property, we’d be crazy not to at least explore the idea of some sort of prequel or whatever you want to call it,” he added. “So, we are thinking about it, talking about it, but nothing really of note to report just yet.”

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Speaking of spinoffs, those clamoring for a “Sex & the City” companion series focused on the Samantha Jones character should probably inform HBO of the rumors.

“That is not something that I am aware of,” Bloys told us. “It’s not something that is active development or that I’ve had any conversations with anyone about.”

The topic first arose while actress Kim Cattrall was a guest on “The Wendy Williams Show.” Here’s what Cattrall had tweeted after:

Finger’s x’d…

Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) November 12, 2016

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While we had Bloys on the blower, TheWrap asked him for an updated comment on criticism his network faces over the level of sexualized violence against women on “Westworld” and “Game of Thrones.” HBO faced a barrage of questions on the matter this summer at the TCA press tour.

“That is a good reminder for us, because sometimes you need outside eyes when you’re in it. So I think it’s an important thing for the press to do,” Bloys said of the critics’ critcisms. “That said, this is going to be something that our showrunners — they’re all very smart, very thoughtful storytellers. The decision is theirs as to what they want to talk about and how they want to portray it.”

“There’s no answer that is going to end the questions, but I think the process itself is helpful for all of us,” he added.

“I don’t think the goal is to lessen it, I think the goal is to be aware of how they are using it,” Bloys concluded the matter with us.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Says Third ‘Sex and the City’ Movie Is ‘Fairly Nearby’ (Video)

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Sarah Jessica Parker has given “Sex and the City” fans new hope — she says there might be a third film “fairly nearby.”

During her interview on CBS’ Sunday Morning, the actress was asked whether there will be a third “Sex and the City” movie, following big-screen adaptations of the hit HBO series in 2008 and 2010.

“I will say that the idea, it rests in the butler’s pantry,” she responded. “It’s not on the table, but someone is holding it fairly nearby.”

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The two films combined to gross over $700 million worldwide. The show ran from 1998 to 2004 and also starred Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Chris Noth. It followed four young women living in New York who go through confusing changes throughout life.

Parker currently stars in “Divorce,” following a couple that goes through a long, drawn out separation. It also stars Molly Shannon, Thomas Haden Church and Talia Balsam. It premiered on Oct. 9.

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The actress also recently told the Telegraph that her character, Carrie, was the “least identifiable person” she has every played.

“I’m touched that people connected and identified with her, for whatever insane reason they did, because Carrie is the least identifiable person I have ever played,” she said.

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