Category: TV Series

Marvel’s ‘The Vision and Scarlet Witch’ series lands Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen for Disney+

Marvel’s ‘The Vision and Scarlet Witch’ series lands Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen for Disney+

Details of the first series that Marvel Studios will be making for Disney’s streaming service have been released and ‘The Vision and Scarlet Witch’ is hoping to have Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen in the lead roles.

Writing the series for Disney+ will be Jac Schaeffer, who is part of the writing team for upcoming blockbuster, Captain Marvel.

Sources have told Hollywood Reporter that she will write the pilot and also executive produce the action series that will focus on two integral members of the Avengers.

Sorry for Your Loss is Renewed for Season 2

Sorry for Your Loss is Renewed for Season 2

Sorry for Your Loss will return for a second season. Facebook Watch has given the critically acclaimed drama a renewal order for season two, with the renewal coming hot on the heels of the show’s star, Elizabeth Olsen, picking up a Critics’ Choice Awards nomination in the Best Actress in a Dramatic Series category.

Sorry for Your Loss premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival where it received a warm reception from critics. The series currently sits at 96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Plus, the original drama made The New York Times, The Atlantic, and New York Magazine’s best series of 2018 lists.

Award-winning playwright Kit Steinkellner created the series and James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) directed multiple episodes of the show’s first season.

In addition to Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Infinity War), the cast of season two includes Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi), Mamoudou Athie (The Front Runner), Jovan Adepo (The Leftovers), and two-time Oscar nominee Janet McTeer (TumbleweedsAlbert Nobbs). Olsen serves as an executive producer along with Kit Steinkellner, James Ponsoldt, Robin Schwartz, Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf, Cynthia Pett, Brad Petrigala, and Jon Liebman. Big Beach produced the series.

“Everyone involved in this project put their hearts on the screen. Kit Steinkellner created an honest and vibrant world anchored by James Ponsoldt’s accomplished direction and Elizabeth Olsen’s superlative and deeply affecting performance. I was moved and surprised by the immediate outpouring of empathy that the show created on this budding streaming service and I look forward to providing more space for these important conversations during season 2,” said Big Beach TV’s Robin Schwartz.

Will Scarlet Witch’s TV Show Take Cues From House Of M?

Will Scarlet Witch’s TV Show Take Cues From House Of M?

Marvel fans lost their minds when it was reported last month that Loki and Scarlet Witch TV series were being developed for Disney’s upcoming streaming service. Falling under the purview of Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige, these will tie directly into the films, with the likes of Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen set to reprise their roles.

Plus, it’s just been revealed that Paul Bettany is likely set to return as Vision in Scarlet Witch’s solo venture. This makes a lot of sense for anyone who’s seen Avengers: Infinity War. After all, Wanda Maximoff and the android had fallen hard for each other since we last saw them and though they’re both currently dead, we’d expect this romance to continue once they’ve been resurrected in Avengers 4.

If the Wanda/Vision love story will be the backbone of the Scarlet Witch show, then, could it be drawing a certain amount of inspiration from the House of M storyline? Though we can’t see the reality-warping part of the comic book event being tackled, the central idea of having Wanda’s life unravel would make for a great miniseries. In the comic, she uses her powers to effectively dream up a happy life, including two children with Vis. However, the illusion can’t last and she loses her grip on reality when she realizes it’s all fake.

It’s not just fans who’d like to see the show adapt House of M, either, as Olsen herself has said that she “would love” to address the storyline within the MCU. She smartly made the point at the time that all the X-Men stuff would have to be removed, but even that might not be an obstacle anymore as Disney will soon get its paws on the X-Men universe through its purchase of Fox.

Paul Bettany’s Vision May Star in ‘Scarlet Witch’ Series on Disney’s Streaming Service

Paul Bettany’s Vision May Star in ‘Scarlet Witch’ Series on Disney’s Streaming Service

On the heels of yesterday’s news that Disney’s upcoming streaming service would be featuring a Winter Soldier/Falcon-focused limited TV series, it looks like the previously announced Scarlet Witch standalone series will be a two-hander. Longtime MCU player Paul Bettany, who has been the voice of JARVIS since 2008’s Iron Man before getting to appear on screen in the artificial flesh as the superheroic android Vision, is now expected to join Elizabeth Olsen in the streaming series.

/Film reports that Bettany will have a significant part to play in the Scarlet Witch limited series in a narrative that will likely focus on the relationship between Vision and Wanda Maximoff before the arrival of Thanos and his dusty fingers. Like the Tom Hiddleston-starring Loki series and the previously mentioned Winter Soldier/Falcon show, Scarlet Witch is expected to be six to eight episodes long and won’t be connected to either the Netflix Marvel TV universe or that of Disney’s broadcast banner, ABC. Production of the streaming series will be handled by Marvel Studios and not Marvel Television, bringing blockbuster-like budgets to each focused, limited season.

Not much more information is available on any of the MCU TV series, except for the fact that Empire writer Malcolm Spellman will write the limited series centering on Falcon and Winter Solidier. We should expect further confirmation from Disney proper once they’ve got their marketing machine all revved up and ready to go with official cast confirmations, title reveals, release dates, and more. Disney’s not alone in trying to get their many-headed streaming service up and available to the masses, but they might just be the furthest along the track in the quest to dethrone Netflix.

Elizabeth Olsen’s ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ deserves better than becoming a high-profile Facebook flop

Elizabeth Olsen’s ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ deserves better than becoming a high-profile Facebook flop

When the first episode of “Sorry for Your Loss” debuted on September 18, it seemed as if the stars had finally aligned for Facebook Watch, the tech giant’s bid to take on premium TV.

The reviews for the 10-episode series were stellar, and it eventually landed at a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. The story of a young woman dealing with the unexpected death of her husband moved critics, with The Atlantic calling it “funny and candid and wrenching right from the start.”

And even before the show launched, its trailer had already inspired Facebook users to post their own stories of grief and loss, an element of social sharing that demonstrated the unique position of Facebook as a TV platform.

These early signs of success were no doubt a relief for the show’s star Elizabeth Olsen, who had spent over three years deeply involved in the project and was paid $250,000 an episode, according to Variety. She had starred in movies, but it was was her first TV show, and it had taken a leap from Showtime (at one point in development) to a largely untested Facebook.

The first episode got 4 million views, according to Facebook’s count, which, despite Facebook “views” registering after only three seconds, is impressive.

But since its debut, “Sorry for Your Loss” has so far proved another flop for Watch, which hasn’t scored a scripted breakout hit similar to “House of Cards” (Netflix), “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu), or even “Cobra Kai” (YouTube’s “Karate Kid” series reboot).

Facebook had an atypical release strategy for “Sorry for Your Loss,” dropping four of its 30-minute episodes on September 18 and the rest in pairs. Though this is not the norm for either traditional TV or streamers like Netflix, Facebook plans to experiment with similarly irregular blocks of episode releases for coming shows.

Consisting of 10 episodes, the first season of “Sorry for Your Loss” ended October 9 (though all episodes are still available to watch on the platform).

The second episode saw a stark decline in views from the first, falling to under 200,000 (from 4 million). The episode with the fewest views was episode six, which has received about 82,000. But generally, the distribution of viewing has been choppy, suggesting some of these episodes either made their way into people’s feeds or got better placement from Facebook some other way.

Elizabeth teases ‘playful’ final episodes of Sorry For Your Loss

Elizabeth teases ‘playful’ final episodes of Sorry For Your Loss

Leigh’s (Elizabeth Olsen) life may be messier than ever, but in the final episodes of Facebook Watch’s Sorry For Your Loss, she’ll get some room to breathe.

“Episode 9 is like this lovely short film that exists in a parallel universe, where Leigh gets to step outside of herself for a moment,” Olsen teases of the Palm Springs-set penultimate half-hour, which she calls her favorite. “It’s just this bottle episode that exists on its own, and it was nice to explore a different aspect of her… There’s something freeing, to put all of [her family drama] aside and just be a more playful version of her, a less weighed-down version.”

That lightness helped Olsen behind the camera as well. As an executive producer of the drama about a widow dealing with life after death, the Avengers star has learned plenty from her first brush with creating television, including the fact that, despite being in every room — from table read to editing bay — for every episode, she rarely knew the full story. That pressure lasted throughout the series, even when it came to this Tuesday’s final installment. “As a performer, trying to create a cohesive through-line without knowing exactly where we were going was a weekly challenge,” she says. “To me, it was the most challenging part of the finale.”

Elizabeth Jets Off to Palm Springs to Disconnect in ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ Sneak Peek

Elizabeth Jets Off to Palm Springs to Disconnect in ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ Sneak Peek

Sometimes you have to get away.

Facebook Watch’s Sorry for Your Loss wraps up its freshman season on Tuesday, and in the penultimate episode, widower Leigh Shaw (Elizabeth Olsen) impulsively jets off to Palm Springs, California, after she receives a call from a spa resort to confirm a reservation that was made months ago for her and her late husband, Matt, for that evening — a wedding gift from her father.

In ET’s exclusive sneak peek, Leigh makes the two-hour drive to the desert and pulls into the luxurious hotel with just the clothes on her back and her day bag. She makes the decision to disconnect completely, turning off her cell phone and leaving it in her car — after letting her mom and sister know of course.

When she checks in at the front desk, she’s told that the reservation was booked under the resort’s Romance Package, which means two of everything, including room keys. Her face drops a little in that moment. “Just one… is good,” Leigh says, the sadness apparent in her eyes, as she also opts out of any help with her luggage since she didn’t bring any.

Episode 9 can be viewed here.

Elizabeth Olsen on the uplifting community of widowers and mourners that has formed around Sorry For Your Loss

Elizabeth Olsen on the uplifting community of widowers and mourners that has formed around Sorry For Your Loss

Elizabeth Olsen has opened up the community of mourners that have formed around Sorry For Your Loss, the Facebook Watch drama that she both produced and starred in as a young widower.When its trailer was released back in August those who have suffered a loss and have struggled with grief took to “Sorry For Your Loss’s” Facebook page to share their own stories. This dialogue and the community of people looking to exchange their stories and help each other has only increased with passing episode.

I had the chance to speak to Olsen before the first episode of the show had aired, and she admitted that the response to the trailer was exactly the reason why Facebook Watch was the perfect platform for “Sorry For Your Loss,” something that the increased level of sharing has only underlined.

“I think that is the point of it being on Facebook. I mean, I read comments about me on Facebook once and I was like, ‘I am never doing that again.’”

“But for these comments to be a source of communication and a community is the whole point why Facebook created Facebook Watch. That’s why it is the perfect place for the show.”

“Because most people come to Facebook and discover that there is a baby or that someone died and you try to figure out when the service is.”

“That’s how you receive the information. It is also a place of different grieving groups or of people who are a certain age and have lost this certain thing.”

“So they can find a community that they can’t find where they live, so they can communicate about things that they can’t at home. That’s what we want this show to start as a dialogue between people and their lives.”

“The fact that it is a visual dialogue that you can read is pretty crazy to me especially when there are articles written about what people are just stating publicly. It is really nice that it has already created this dialogue.”

The final episodes of “Sorry For Your Loss” will air on Facebook Watch at 9pm on Facebook Watch on October 9.

How Elizabeth Olsen’s ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ Became a Stunning Exploration of Grief and Moving On

How Elizabeth Olsen’s ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ Became a Stunning Exploration of Grief and Moving On

Warning: This interview contains spoilers from the first six episodes of Facebook Watch’s Sorry for Your Loss, which are streaming now.

Sorry for Your Loss is this year’s best-kept secret.

In Facebook Watch’s stellar half-hour drama series, Elizabeth Olsen plays Leigh Shaw, a young widow trying to pick up the pieces following the sudden death of her husband, Matt (Mamoudou Athie). She is a millennial filled with anger, quiet rage and bite, but as she gradually discovers, her husband’s loss forces her to reexamine her own life and her relationships to those closest to her, namely her sister, Jules (Kelly Marie Tran), a recovering alcoholic; mother Amy (Janet McTeer), owner of a floundering gym; and Matt’s brother, Danny (Jovan Adepo).

Instead of wallowing in her grief, Sorry for Your Loss provides Leigh the freedom to experience and process the death of her husband in her own way. After all, there is no right way to grieve. For creator Kit Steinkellner, who drew inspiration from a near-traumatic experience with her husband, and showrunner Lizzy Weiss, that was the guiding principle that was top of mind for the long-gestating 10-episode series.

“One of the things that we learned is there isn’t one authentic way and that’s what we’re trying to honor with every character — that every character is experiencing [Matt’s] death in a different way,” Weiss tells ET. “Every character is very different in the way they process it and when we talked to our psychiatrist and grief experts, that’s the truth. That’s the message. There isn’t a right way to go through loss and however you’re feeling, you’re allowed to feel.”

“From the original pitch, it was the intention to show that this is a multi-faceted experience because life is multi-faceted. It is devastating one minute and then something comes along that is completely hilarious and you’re laughing through your tears,” Steinkellner tells ET. “We were very careful in calibrating the changes to maintain the overall tone of the show to make sure it was consistent.”

With the second half of the freshman season hitting Facebook Watch over the next week, Steinkellner and Weiss talk to ET about the challenges of making the series, what it says about difficult topics like death and loss, and why there’s much more story to tell.

ET: Kit, when did you first get the idea for Sorry for Your Loss?

Kit Steinkellner: It will be five years around the holidays since I started writing the pilot. In the first episode, there is a flashback sequence when [Leigh] wakes up in the middle of the night and her husband is nowhere to be found and she is scared out of her mind that something terrible has happened to him. That was very much based on a real night in my life. Everything was fine, my husband was fine but I couldn’t shake it, just the terror of what had happened and what could have happened. It had been a year where a couple of important people in my life had died, so I felt very vulnerable and unsafe in that moment in time. I started thinking deeply about what it would be like to survive this impossible thing — something people survive every day. The more I started thinking about this heroine, in particular, played by Lizzy Olsen, and the people in her life, I really grew to love them and I really needed to tell their story. It was burning a hole in my gut.

Did having personal experiences with losing loved ones during a short period of time make the process of writing this show more challenging? Did you find it cathartic?

Steinkellner: It was all of those things. I joked about a few times while making this that if this had been directly autobiographical, if my husband was dead, I would not have written the show, I would have written a fantasy or a space opera. It would have been too painful to write this exactly how I wrote it. What we were able to do throughout the series is you take one truth and then you put it inside the pocket of another truth and then you put that inside another vessel of truth, so it’s like a matryoshka doll of truth.

How early in the creative process was Elizabeth Olsen, who also is an executive producer, brought in? Was she always the first choice to be Leigh?

Steinkellner: Yes. Once Lizzy had read the material and sat down and we talked, it was this crazy experience where I realized I had written the part for her without knowing I had written this part for her. She was the only lead. She was always meant to play this role. It’s impossible to imagine anybody else doing what she does with this role. I think that was fall 2015, so it’s been a couple of years.

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Will there be a second season of Sorry For Your Loss?

Will there be a second season of Sorry For Your Loss?

Elizabeth Olsen has opened up about the possibility of a second season of Sorry For Your Loss, admitting that she has already had some ideas about what the show could cover in the future. “We’ve talked about potentially what we could do in a second season,” explained Olsen, who is both a producer and actor on “Sorry For Your Loss.” “But that is not in our control. That would totally be a different discussion. I have no idea how this is even going to work, with the streaming.” “I’ve never been part of anything streaming really. This whole world to me is very new. I am interested in learning from it.”

While Olsen is well aware that a second season of “Sorry For Your Loss” is not in her control, she did tease potential storylines that the show could explore in further episodes.

“I don’t know, if there was a second season, would it be just be about these characters? There are so many options. Because we have already created the them of memory and we could create other characters even.”

“We could talk about grief. Whether it is being an adopted child, losing a marriage, those are the kind of things we could take other characters’ point of view. I’m not sure. I don’t know. I’m excited to see what we do with it.”

Created by playwright Kit Steinkellner and with episodes directed by James Ponsoldt, “Sorry For Your Loss” sees Olsen star as Leigh Shaw, a writer who has recently become widowed after the death of her husband Matt (Mamaoudo Athie). The show also stars Kelly Marie Tran and Janet McTeer.

“Sorry For Your Loss” has been met with widespread critical acclaim, so much so that its eight episode long first season amassed a score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The final two episodes of the first season of “Sorry For Your Loss” will air on Facebook Watch on October 9.