Paradise Lost – CW Developing Magical Murder Mystery from Sleepy Hollow Writer and Amy Brenneman


The CW is set to develop a new show called Paradise Lost, turning to Sleepy Hollow writer Joey Falco to write the pilot. Falco worked on season 4 of Sleepy Hollow, which took some major departures from the show’s roots in the classic Washington Irving short story of the same name, but the Fox series saw cancellation after season 4 aired.

‘Sleepy Hollow’ cast

Of course, this left fans of the show with many unanswered questions. Although some details on Sleepy Hollow season 5 have been revealed by star Janina Gavankar, it’s unlikely to be the resolution to the show’s cancellation that avid viewers have been craving. Through the development of Paradise Lost, however, at least fans will be able to see what a member of the creative team will be working on next.

As stated by The Tracking Board, The CW is developing a new show called Paradise Lost. Although it shares a name with Milton’s epic poem, it doesn’t appear to be related, instead revolving around a murder mystery with “magical realism overtones.” Within the show, the various secrets of the community will be revealed, so there’s clearly something strange going on behind the scenes.

Alongside the development from The CW, the show is being created by CBS TV Studios with Falco. Paradise Lost also already has its executive producers, with Michael London, Brad Silberling, and Amy Brenneman all on board. Although it’s still early days for the project, no doubt more information will be made available as things move forward.

This is far from the only new show being worked on by The CW. As well as Paradise Lost, the network is pushing forward with a female-led horror anthology from Drew Barrymore called Black Rose Anthology, while the Roswellreboot is also currently in development. As well as these new shows, Supernatural spin-off Wayward Sisters is also on the way, with the first images of the show being revealed recently.

The CW will no doubt be hoping that Paradise Lost‘s pilot is successful, perhaps even aiming to reach heights higher than Sleepy Hollow. After all, although the Fox show had a core support, its awkward transition for the final series didn’t reinvigorate the formula or stop the drop in viewers, and it was seen by some as a show that needed cancellingprior to the boot dropping. Hopefully, Paradise Lost will be able to sit better with audiences.

‘Private Practice’ reunion: Kate Walsh, Amy Brenneman celebrate 10th anniversary


It’s a Private Practice reunion.

Stars Kate Walsh and Amy Brenneman reunited in a Facebook Live video to reminisce about their time on the Grey’s Anatomy spin-off and take fan questions in honor of the 10th anniversary of the ABC drama’s premiere.

Brenneman recalled that the show was initially meant to focus more specifically on the idea of different specialists and medical professionals examining the same case, diving into the ins and outs of each process. However, she said when she went to creator Shonda Rhimes to talk about the possibilities of including the nitty-gritty details of insurance and billing, she could see Rhimes’ eyes “glaze over.”

You can watch the video here.

In talking about some of their more dramatic character arcs, Brenneman remembered how the story lines and their intensity levels could vary widely. While she was filming an episode where Violet’s baby gets stolen, other characters were finding romantic happiness. “It’s like everybody else is in a romantic comedy and I’m in a Quentin Tarantino movie,” she said. “You’re in your own personal hell, but everyone else is drinking green juice in the kitchen.”

Walsh echoed this, adding that this tendency is one of Rhimes’ greatest strengths as a television creator and writer. “She brings about cultural conversation in the context of soap, nighttime soap — really controversial subjects about gender, race, medicine, relationships,” she said. “One of the things about good storytelling is being able to ignite that cultural conversation.”

“It’s that fearless Shonda tone of there’s no filter,” Brenneman added.

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One of the other things the two love about working on a Shonda Rhimes show was her ability to create characters with consistently vivid lives. Brenneman discussed how for Violet, Addison was an intrusion into her already established life, and how that was so clear on the page. “These characters are living whether they’re on camera or not,” she said.

They spoke lovingly of their fellow cast members, particularly Taye Diggs, who played Dr, Sam Bennett, reflecting on how his comedic abilities are so rarely showcased onscreen. “His beauty and his all around studliness is a barrier,” said Brenneman. “He’s a weird, freaky character actor. He should look like somebody weird, and he’s just so beautiful.”

Lastly, the actors addressed the possibility of their return to Shondaland with a crossover appearance on Grey’s Anatomy. Walsh said she would absolutely return to Seattle for a “special delivery,” while Brenneman said she’d be up for it despite the fact her character never previously crossed over. “I had this backstory that she didn’t like Seattle because of a bad experience there,” she joked.

The Private Practice women spent a good deal of the chat also catching up on each other’s lives and talking about the deep, now decade-long friendship that formed between them while filming.


HBO’s ‘Spielberg’ at Paramount Studios


Amy and Brad attend the Premiere of HBO’s “Spielberg” in Hollywood, CA.

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Amy & Kate Walsh Celebrate 10 Yr Anniversary of “Private Practice!”


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