DEADLINE – The CW has found its Katy Keene. Pretty Little Liars alumna Lucy Hale is set as the title character in the CW’s spinoff pilot Katy Keene from Riverdale creator/executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV.
Written by Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi, Katy Keene follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — including fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene (Hale) and singer/songwriter Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) — as they chase their twentysomething dreams in New York City. The musical dramedy chronicles the origins and struggles of four aspiring artists trying to make it on Broadway, on the runway and in the recording studio.
Bold, big-hearted and independent, Hale’s Katy Keene is a twentysomething New Yorker who aspires to be a fashion designer. When she’s not working as a personal shopper at a luxury department store, she’s navigating friendship and dating in the big city.
Aguirre-Sacasa and Grasi executive produce with Berlanti Productions’ Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Archie Comics’ CEO/publisher Jon Goldwater. Maggie Kiley directs. Berlanti Productions produces in association with Warner Bros. TV.
Katy Keene returns Hale to the CW where she most recently starred in Bill Lawrence’s Life Sentence, which aired for one season on the network. Hale recently wrapped filming Sony/Blumhouse film Fantasy Island opposite Michael Pena and Maggie Q. She also has completed shooting the lead role in A Nice Girl Like You for directors Chris and Nick Riedell. Hale currently can be seen as the star of Blumhouse hit feature Truth or Dare, directed by Jeff Wadlow. She also stars for director Olivia Milch in the film Dude, which is streaming on Netflix. Hale is repped by Reel Talent Management and ICM Partners.
DEADLINE – The Pretty Little Liars star has officially boarded the feature take on the ’70s/’80s ABC TV series which Blumhouse and Sony are co-financing and co-producing. Hale reteams with Truth or Dare director Jeff Wadlow who is helming Fantasy Island.
Lucy Hale joins Michael Pena, who’ll play Mr. Roarke, the host of the enigmatic isle and Crazy Rich Asians Jimmy O. Yang. Hale play one of the guests who is anxious to see her fantasy realized. Roarke warns guests that their fantasies may not play out as expected.
Wadlow is writing the feature with his Truth or Dare co-writers Chris Roach and Jillian Jacobs. Jason Blum is producing. Sony controls the rights to the Fantasy Island IP and will distribute. Hale is represented by ICM Partners and managed by Reel Talent Management.
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Lucy Hale, who is best known for her role as Aria in Freeform’s hit series, Pretty Little Liars, has been tapped as the lead in A Nice Girl Like You, an indie rom-com from director siblings Chris & Nick Riedell. The pic is based on a true story by Ayn Carillo-Gailey, which was adapted for the screen by Andrea Marcellus.
Hale will star as Lucy Neal, an adorable, follow-the-rules, somewhat repressed, well-educated violinist who is thrown for a loop when she is accused of being too inhibited by her ex-boyfriend. In an effort to prove him wrong, Lucy creates a rather wild to-do list that sends her on a whirlwind journey of self-discovery, friendship, and new love.
A Nice Girl Like You will shoot this month in New Jersey. Jina Panebianco, R. Wesley Sierk III, Nicholas Bogner, and Melanie Greene are producing the project with Hale serving as a co-producer.
Since Pretty Little Liars wrapped after seven seasons, Hale has gone on to topline the short-lived CW drama, Life Sentence, and starred alongside Tyler Posey in the horror thriller Truth or Dare, from Blumhouse and Universal.
She’s repped by ICM Partners and Reel Talent Management.
Carillo-Gailey is repped by Echo Lake Entertainment, while Marcellus is a client of Affirmative Entertainment.
VARIETY – “Life Sentence” has been canceled by the CW after one season.
Lucy Hale, who portrayed the lead on the life-after-cancer drama, tweeted Tuesday that she “just got the sad news that ‘Life Sentence’ will not be coming back for a second season.”
“Sometimes things don’t resonate with the audience and shows just don’t work, but I’m so proud of what we accomplished & for the experience I had,” she continued.
“Life Sentence” followed a young woman named Stella (Hale) and her family as they struggled to figure out what their lives would be when the cancer diagnosis they thought was terminal turned out to be anything but.
From Doozer Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, the series was executive produced by Erin Cardillo, Richard Keith, Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold, Oliver Goldstick and Lee Toland Krieger.
The series also starred Elliot Knight, Dylan Walsh, Gillian Vigman, Jayson Blair, Brooke Lyons and Carlos PenaVega.
It was averaging a 0.15 rating in the 18-49 demo and drawing less than half a million total viewers, making it the lowest rated series on the CW’s schedule this year.
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