by Latoya Peterson
Much is afoot in Hollywood.
According to Vulture, Mindy Kaling’s future on The Office is uncertain. Kaling is both talent and a writer-director; while she may remain in her onstage role, it is unclear whether she will continue to write for the show. In the meantime, Kaling is staying busy with other film roles, her book project (pictured above) and attempting to woo Rainn Wilson toward an Orson Wells biopic by promising blackface. (Joke explained here.)
HBO believes in Treme – it’s been renewed for a third season.
NBC has cancelled Outsourced and the Event. Since Undercovers was also cancelled, what does this mean for NBC’s “More Colorful” promotion? And how will this impact their perception of minority fronted shows?
Stacy Dash returns to the small screen in the Queen Latifah-produced romantic comedy scripted series Single Ladies. She is joined by Lisa Raye, and Charity Shea as the token white friend. Mixed Media Watch ahead: Shea’s character is in a relationship with a black man – and all is not what it seems.
HawthoRNe and Southland are returning to TNT, meaning Regina King enjoys a fourth season and Jada Pinkett Smith gets a third season.
Rules of Engagement gets a sixth season. The show features Adhir Kalyan as David Spade’s cosmopolitan and cultured assistant…who is generally a dartboard for Spade’s moronic (and sometimes racist) jokes. Not a huge fan of the show (in general, not a fan of D. Spade), but it is good to know Kalyan believes his role will expand.
Nikki Finke reports on Deadline.com that Lee Daniels struggled to get a post-Precious project off the ground:
Daniels said the film came about only after he spent a year post-Precious trying to get his film , Selma off the ground only to see it collapse just as it was nearing production. Daniels told me with all the Oscar success of Precious, not to mention his own Directing and Best Picture nomination that he thought getting projects rolling would be a snap. Not so. He says it is as hard as ever but now is extremely happy things have fallen into place for this film which likely will be aimed for a summer 2012 release according to Lerner who told me this is his 39th consecutive Cannes festival and its been very successful for the company.
His new film, The Paperboy, is described as an “artsy” thriller starring Matthew McConoughey, Zac Efron, Tobey Maguire, and Sofia Vergara. I’m a sucker for artsy action things (I keep hoping to find another Momento) so I’ll add this to the watch list.
Maggie Q still has a gig, since the CW renewed Nikita for another season. Nikki Finke pointed out strong brand recognition and heavy international sales.
Shemar Moore Forest Whitaker will be searching for new work – Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior was cancelled. (Thanks readers, for the catch! – LDP) CSI:NY is still on, leaving Hill Harper with a gig.
Annie Ilonzeh rolls into the Charlie’s Angels reboot with the heavy title of being the first black Angel. A regular on General Hospital and cast as “the hot girl” in He’s Just Not That Into You and “Beautiful Girl 2″ in Miss March, here’s to hoping this will be Ilonzeh’s breakout role.
BET, riding high of the success of The Game, continues to rebuild its anemic programing line up by re-creating Showtime at the Apollo. Jamie Foxx is attached to the project as an Executive Producer.
According to Shadow and Act, Sam Jackson will be starring in a Neo-Noir thriller called “The Samaritan.” Kerry Washington is putting in work on Eve Ensler’s “The Other Side,” a rape drama set in the Congo, and is finding time to star in Shonda Rimes’ new production Scandal.
Other nibbles that don’t deal with race/POC talent: The Great Gatsby is being remade (but no Adrian Grenier, sorry Entouragers!); Seth McFarlane inked a deal to reboot the Flintstones; Spielberg is rebooting TinTin.