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Working Women: Keaton & HBO Try Again, New Development Deal; Rhimes Sells Period Drama Gilded Lillys

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 25, 2011 at 4:45AM

While Tilda met an unfortunate fate at HBO, the cable channel just signed another development deal with Tilda's would-be star, Diane Keaton. (Here's why the Nikki Finke-inspired series got the axe.)
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While Tilda met an unfortunate fate at HBO, the cable channel just signed another development deal with Tilda's would-be star, Diane Keaton. (Here's why the Nikki Finke-inspired series got the axe.)

What kind of vehicle will HBO create for Keaton? We like the idea of a starring series vehicle, even if she is one of the few actresses still working in their 60s. Coming up are small-scale films from Lawrence Kasdan (Darling Companion), Justin Zackham (The Wedding) and the Matthew McDuffie and Arie Posen scripted The Look of Love. It-girl Emma Stone may have dubbed her her idol (she told Vanity Fair she admires Keaton as “one of the most covered-up actresses of all time”), but Keaton is still one of a kind.

Shonda Rhimes, the woman behind TV hits Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and the upcoming political drama Scandal (starring Kerry Washington), has sold a period drama to ABC. Gilded Lillys is set in 1895 and follows the family, staff and patrons of the first ever luxury hotel in the city (it's not clear which city). Gossip Girl and The Nine writer K.J. Steinberg wrote the script. To give some period context, Lillys sits in that largely untapped era between CBS's Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (late 1860s) and HBO's Deadwood (1870s) and Boardwalk Empire (1920s) and Carnivale (1934-5).

This article is related to: Genres, Headliners, TV, IN THE WORKS, Period, Drama


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.