Fox Treats Second-Season Launch of “9-1-1” Like a First-Season Debut

Fox is really shaking things up to get people to tune in to the second season of first-responders drama “9-1-1.” The 21st Century Fox-owned broadcast unveiled that the series will kick off this fall with a massive earthquake set in Los Angeles, a storyline that will extend over two different hour-long episodes on Sunday, September 23 and Monday, September 24. To drive the point home, Fox has created a range of unique promotions that play off the disaster at the center of the series’ debut. The network is using more than clever promotions to generate interest. Late summer and early fall are always filled with a barrage of promotional campaigns for the new TV season, but Fox’s work behind “9-1-1” is somewhat unique. After all, the show is in its sophomore season. TV networks often place most of their efforts on their freshmen crop. The show’s second-season premiere will debut after Fox’s usual serving of Sunday football – one of TV’s highest-rated properties. “We’re strategically using the NFL doubleheader lead-in on Sunday as a sampling opportunity for episode one, then using that episode to drive as many viewers as we can into the new time period premiere on Monday,” says Shannon Ryan, Fox’s chief marketing officer, in a statement. We are so lucky to be working with the post production team and can’t wait to check out the new season! 

Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Unveiled in First-Look Photo

Director Todd Phillips on Sunday shared the first look of star Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in the stand-alone film about the iconic Batman supervillain. The photo, shared by Phillips on Instagram, features Phoenix in a green jacket and shirt with a scruffy hairdo and the hint of a smirk on his face. Absent are the character’s iconic clown makeup and green locks. “Arthur,” Phillips captioned the picture, seemingly confirming rumors that the character’s real name will be Arthur Fleck. The stand-alone film will follow the origin of Batman’s most notorious foe as he transforms from a struggling stand-up comedian to a full-blown criminal force of nature. The movie is described as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society that is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.” Phillips co-wrote the script with The Fighter and The Finest Hours scribe Scott Silver.

Director Todd Phillips shared the image on Instagram with the caption, "Arthur."

“House Of Cards”: Frank Underwood’s Fate Revealed In Season 6 Teaser

A new House of Cards teaser is clear about the fate of Kevin Spacey’s character Frank Underwood.  In the preview clip of the sixth and final season, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) visits her husband’s grave and says coldly, “I’ll tell you this though, Francis. When they bury me, it won’t be in my backyard. And when they pay their respects, they’ll have to wait in line.” The camera then cuts to a shot of Frank’s tombstone which sits next to his father’s grave in South Carolina. Claire ended Season 5 as President, and will have a chance to cement her legacy in the sixth and final season of the political drama series. In a recent interview with Net-A-Porter, Wright said the series came “very, very close” to cancellation after Spacey was fired following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. It was great to be working with the post production team for yet another season and can’t wait to check out the new season! House of Cards Season 6 premieres November 2 on Netflix. Check out the teaser below!

“Come Away” Adds Derek Jacobi To Cast, Lines Up Sales Plan Ahead Of Toronto

Derek Jacobi and Fleabag‘s Jenny Galloway have joined the cast of Come Away, the fantasy Peter Pan-Alice in Wonderland origin story movie that stars Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo. Brave Oscar winner Brenda Chapman is directing the script from Marissa Kate Goodhill. The pic has been shooting in the UK before moving to Los Angeles in October. Meanwhile, ahead of a sales push at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival, Steve Richards has joined the project as producer, with his Endurance Media, Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce’s Hammerstone Studios  and Christian Mercuri’s Capstone Group joining Fred Films and Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon Productions as production partners. Additional financing is coming from Ace Pictures and Creasun Entertainment USA. The pic is set before Alice went to Wonderland and Peter became Pan, reimagining them as brother and sister living an idyllic childhood with their elder brother David and parents (Jolie and Oyelowo). The kids create fantasy stories where they hold tea parties, and encounter pirates and lost boys, setting the stage for their iconic journeys into the worlds of Wonderland and Neverland. We have the honor of working with the post production team here at EPS and we wish big success on the movie!

Derek Jacobi