You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

TNT Sets Projects With Ridley Scott, Michael Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Margaret Cho

TNT has ambitious plans to greatly expand its scripted and documentary slate, enlisting a slew of boldface names to deliver a range of programming for the Turner cabler.

TNT programming plans to be unveiled Wednesday at Turner’s upfront include:

  • Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions banner is developing a sci-fi program block.
  • Michael Moore will host and direct the docu-series “Live From the Apocalypse.”
  • Sarah Jessica Parker and Morgan Spurlock will produce the docu-series “Who Run the World,” examining issues women face.
  • Margaret Cho and writer Liz Sarnoff have landed a pilot order for Cho’s autobiographical drama “Highlander.”
  • “Hamilton” alum Daveed Diggs has been set to star in the pilot “Snowpiercer,” with “Dr. Strange” helmer Scott Derrickson set to direct.

The ambitious slate is part of Turner’s effort to reinvent TNT as a home for high-end drama series and provocative unscripted series with a documentary focus.

The Scott Free sci-fi programming block is envisioned as a mix of dramas and short-form content. Scott and Scott Free’s David Zucker, Jordan Sheehan and Clayton Krueger will serve as exec producers along with Turner’s Studio T arm.

“We’re looking to create a programming block filled with the kind of imaginative, awe-inspiring storytelling that has made science fiction such a beloved and enduring genre,” said Sarah Aubrey, TNT’s exec VP of original programming.

Michael Moore Live From the Apocalypse” will bring the filmmaker’s signature perspective to contemporary political and social issues. Moore will direct and star and exec produce with Meghan O’Hara. Nick McKinney will produce. It’s expected to premiere in the fall.

“Our show will be dangerous and relentless,” Moore said. “And it will be a destination for those who want to know what’s really going on and what they might be able to do about it.”

Parker and Spurlock have teamed with Refinery29 to explore gender inequality and obstacles that women face in all aspects of their lives. “As we continue the fight for equality in pay, access to healthcare, childcare and more, I hope we can give a voice to the unheard and invite every human to be a part of the conversation,” Parker said.

Cho’s “Highlander,” from Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios and Studio T, tells the story of two Korean families linked by a patriarch are forced to come together after tragedy strikes. The project is inspired by Cho’s history of substance abuse.

“Liz Sarnoff and Margaret Cho’s brilliant script exposes Margaret’s warm heart and bracing humor, balancing powerful emotional truths with laugh-out-loud scenes and characters,” Aubrey said.

“Snowpiercer,” also from Tomorrow Studios and Studio T, is an adaptation of the 2013 futuristic actioner of the same name about a planet that has become a frozen wasteland, where all that survives of humanity is contained in a giant train that is continually circling the globe. Diggs, a Tony winner for his work as Jefferson and Lafayette in “Hamilton,” will play a prisoner kept in harsh conditions at the tail end of the train.

(Pictured: Michael Moore)

More TV

  • Little Mix Star Jesy Nelson Making

    Little Mix's Jesy Nelson Making BBC Documentary About Mental Health and Body Image

    Little Mix star Jesy Nelson is making a one-off documentary for the BBC in which she will explore issues surrounding body shaming and mental health in the age of social media. “Jesy Nelson: My Story” will launch on the BBC’s youth-skewed online channel BBC Three and then play on BBC One. Girl band Little Mix [...]

  • MMA Alters Faces of Asia Sports

    MMA Alters Faces of Asian Sports Broadcasting

    Bruce Lee was ahead of the curve by about four decades when he predicted back in the early 1970s that combat sports would one day take the world by storm. Hong Kong’s favorite son had encouraged his own students to mix up the styles of martial arts they were being trained in — to combine kung fu [...]

  • Variety Kit Harington Game of Thrones

    Kit Harington on How 'Game of Thrones' Mirrors Real-World Politics

    In Variety‘s March 19 cover story, Kit Harington opens up about the final season of “Game of Thrones” and growing into adulthood as part of the biggest show on television. In a conversation in London in December, Harington opened up about the similarities between the series’ politics and our own. “I think it’s always been about [...]

  • Chris O'Dowd

    TV News Roundup: Chris O'Dowd to Star in 'Twilight Zone' Episode

    In today’s roundup, The CW has released two clips from the upcoming “Riverdale” special “Heathers: The Musical,” and Chris O’Dowd will star in an episode of “The Twilight Zone.”  CASTING Chris O’Dowd will star in CBS All Access’ rebooted “The Twilight Zone” episode titled “The Blue Scorpion.” The series will premiere with two episodes on [...]

  • Kevin Tsujihara

    Kevin Tsujihara's Ouster Kicks Off a Week of Major Disruption in the Media Business

    The sudden ouster of Warner Bros. Entertainment chief Kevin Tsujihara kicked off what is likely to go down as one of the most extraordinary weeks in Hollywood history, spelling enormous turmoil and transition across the media landscape. In addition to the news about Tsujihara, which comes amid a wider shake-up of leadership at AT&T’s WarnerMedia, [...]

  • Wendy Williams Sober Living House

    Wendy Williams Reveals She's Been Staying in a Sober-Living House

    Wendy Williams, during an emotional monologue on her talk show on Tuesday, revealed through tears that she has been staying at a sober-living house. “So you know me for being a very open and truthful person,” she began the segment on “The Wendy Williams Show,” fighting through tears. “And I’ve got more to the story [...]

  • Hong Kong Industry Executives Seek Clarity

    FilMart: Hong Kong Industry Executives Plead for Clarity on Mainland Chinese Tax Policies

    At a time of heightened scrutiny of tax affairs in China’s entertainment sector, even industry veterans in Hong Kong are struggling to figure out how to operate in the new financial environment and pleading for more clarity from the Chinese government. Hong Kong produces about 60 films a year, three-quarters of which are typically co-productions [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content