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The Chicago journalist turned talk show host and entertainment and network maven, that is Oprah Winfrey, says goodbye to her entertainment company Harpo Studios after 26 years.
Two popular films, “Westworld” and “Minority Report,” have been green-lighted and are ready for their TV series debut; both film-to-TV show adaptations have a who’s who of film and TV A-list actresses and actors.
Do you remember the failed “Wonder Woman” series that did not air because of its horrendous promotional photo and audience reactions to it? Another DC comic book-to-TV adaptation has learned their lesson. The new CBS “Super Girl” TV series has revealed its first look photo, and it appears to be nothing like that “Wonder Woman” failed and now shelved reboot TV show.
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What does the end of Harpo Studios mean? Goodbye Chicago, hello Hollywood, and job losses.
Harpo Studios, which was based in Chicago, has been operating and producing more than 800 hours of original programming for nearly 30 years. But Winfrey released a statement and mentioned in a interview that it was time for the company to “look ahead.” All of Harpo Studios’ content and programming will move over to Winfrey’s channel OWN.
In ‘Oprah Winfrey’ fashion she is optimistic and inspiring about the move.
“[Chicago has] been everything for me. I’ve spent more hours in this building than I have any other building on Earth,” Winfrey said. The former daytime talk show Queen and now entertainment business woman also added that the neighborhood where Harpo resided was filled with “hoes [prostitutes] and rats,” but now it is a great property and area.
“The time had come to downsize this part of the business and to move forward,” Winfrey said, “It will be sad to say goodbye, but I look ahead with such a knowing that what the future holds is even more than I can see.”
Downsizing is an understatement. The closing of Harpo Studios translates to 200 people without jobs, but they will be employed with the company until December of this year. The Harpo Studios building was sold since last year to a developer for approximately $32 million.
Location, location, location perhaps does matter in this case. Harpo Studios will be transitioning into OWN studios in Los Angeles. OWN has recently relocated into a new studio in West Hollywood, California.
Harpo Studios will be missed in Chicago because it made the neighborhood. In 2011, the city named the street outside Harpo Studios “Oprah Winfrey Way.”
While Harpo Studios will be going to OWN network, two popular science-fiction films “Westworld” and “Minority Report” will be making their debuts in TV formats this fall. Both TV shows will have an all star cast.
“Westworld” is based on a 1973 movie with the same name that starred Yul Brynner and directed by Michael Crichton, the writer and co-director of TV and film projects such as “ER” and “Jurassic Park.”
In “Westworld” it was set as a futuristic holiday resort where one could live out his/her fantasies in worlds of the Wild West that is “Westworld,” Roman times in “Romanworld,” and dine with knights and lords in “Midevalworld.” In the film it focused on “Westworld.”
In the 1973 version the robots went haywire, in the upcoming HBO TV mini-series, the automatons will also go haywire but to the point that they will be unable to distinguish between their robotic and human consciousness.
The TV series will have an all star cast with Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood in the lead roles. Also in the all star cast are Jeffrey Wright (“The Hunger Games” trilogy and “Angles in America”), Miranda Otto (“The War of the Worlds” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy”), along with Thandie Newton (“Beloved,” NBC’s “The Slap”), James Marsden (“X-Men” trilogy), and Ed Harris (“Snowpiercer”), just to name a few.
Speaking of an all-star cast, the “Minority Report” TV series will also have some talented actresses and actors. In Fox’s “Minority Report” – which will be produced by Steven Spielberg’s company Amblin Entertainment – takes place ten years after the end of “precrime” and “precogs program” in Washington, DC.
One of the twin precogs played by Stark Sands (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), who will be doing double duty as the twins, will be working with Meagan Good (“Anchorman 2,” “Think Like A Man,” and “Deception”). Good’s character Lara Vega is a detective who attempts to help Sands’ Dash to use his abilities. Dash will be trying to adjust to a normal life, but he is haunted by visions of murder.
Also joining the cast is Wilmer Valderama (“That 70’s Show”), he will be playing Good’s partner of sorts as Will Blake. Good’s Lara is planning a transfer so Valderama’s character will be working with her until the transfer is complete. Lara and Will are not expected to get along.
In the role of Agatha, the strongest of the three precogs, it will be played by Lauren Reagan (” They, “Unbreakable” and “Dead Silence”). Also joining the cast is Daniel London who played Wally the Caretaker in the original movie.
From science-fiction to super “shero”, the first look photos of CBS’ “Super Girl” TV series have been released. Thank goodness these photos are nothing like the failed “Wonder Woman” reboot TV series photos.
“Super Girl,” the Kryptonian, will star Melissa Benoist (“Glee”) in the title role, along with Calista Flockhart (“Ally McBeal” and “Brothers and Sisters”), and Mehcad Brooks (” True Blood” and “Doll House”).
In the photos below, Benoist is in full costume as Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin; the super heroic costume was designed by Academy award winner of costume design Colleen Atwood (“Chicago” and “Memoirs of a Geisha,” just to name a few). Atwood has also designed costumes for “Arrow” and “The Flash.”
In creating the Super Girl costume, Atwood says she wanted it to be nostalgic but have a “street style.”