The Glorious Corner: “The Masked Singer”, “NYPD Blue”, Jordan Peele and More

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Kim Delaney and Bill Brochtrup

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NYPD BLUE — Per Deadline HollywoodTwo familiar faces are joining the ABC’s pilot NYPD Blue, a new iteration of the iconic cop drama. Kim Delaney will reprise her Emmy-winning role as Det. Diane Russell from the original series, while Bill Brochtrup will reprise his role as PPA John Irvin.

Delaney joined NYPD Blue as a recurring in Season 2 and was a series regular in Seasons 3-8 before leaving to topline another series for NYPD Blue co-creator/executive producer Steven Bochco, Philly. She then returned as a recurring in the final two seasons, 11-12. Brochtrup recurred on- and off- during Seasons 2-4 before becoming a series regular in Season 5 for the rest of the show’s 12-season run.

Delaney, who earned three Emmy nominations and a win in 1997 for NYPD Blue, is said to be the only lead actor from the original whose character was written into the sequel pilot, from NYPD Blue alums Matt Olmstead, Nick Wootton and Jesse Bochco, where she is expected to play a key role.

The sequel revolves around Theo, the son of Dennis Franz’s Detective Andy Sipowicz character from the original series, who tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father’s murder.

The pilot was written by Olmstead and Wootton. Bochco, son of NYPD Blue co-creator Steven Bochco, who helmed 10 episodes of the original series, is set to direct. All three executive produce, while Steven Bochco’s widow, Dayna Bochco, serves as a producer.

Like the original series, the followup revolves around a core group of 15th Precinct police officers/detectives.

Created by Bochco and David Milch, NYPD Blue debuted in 1993. It won 20 Emmy Awards from 84 nominations over its run, including best drama series, and was lauded for its realistic portrayal of cops’ lives.

NYPD Blue was a highlight in a long string of collaborations Delaney had with Steve Bochco. “Steven changed my life. He made me think, laugh, cry, do better, be better,” Delaney wrote in a remembrance following Bochco’s death last year.

Jordan Peele

PEELE’S US — Jordan Peele’s next horror thriller Us is making its world premiere at South by Southwest in Austin, TX on Friday March 8 as the fest’s opening night movie.

Last year, Paramount launched A Quiet Place at SXSW to great fanfare and generating heat that ultimately fueled its way to $340.6M at the global box office and a number of nominations this awards season.

Us, which Peele also wrote, will be released by Universal  on Friday, March 15, 2019. When it came to his feature 2017 directorial debut Get Out, Peele debuted the pic at Sundance as their secret screening. That movie went on to deliver Peele an original screenplay Oscar win as well as $255.4M at the box office.

“We are crazy excited to world premiere the most anticipated film of 2019 from the creative powerhouse that brought us Get Out,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film. “We honestly couldn’t imagine a more perfect film to kick off the 2019 SXSW Film Festival.”

Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is about to befall her family. 

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After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home to discover the silhouettes of four figures standing in their driveway. Us pits an ordinary American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.

SXSW Film Festival will release its Feature slate on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (except for Midnighters and Festival Favorites). Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts, Episodic Pilot Competition, Virtual Cinema, Music Videos and Title Sequence Competition will be announced on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

“The Masked Singer”

SHORT TAKES — Cleaning up a few items from the last two weeks: I watched my pal Ryan Seacrest on his Rocking New Year’s Eve stint on ABC and could not believe what Jenny McCarthy looked like with some obvious new face work. Joan Rivers? I just do not understand what motivates people to do stuff like this. I mean, she looks odd, right? … The Masked Singer over on Fox (Hosted by Nick Cannon, with panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy (!!!), Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke) posits a famous face hidden beneath a grotesque costume. The first un-maskedsinger was a sports fellow. Go figure. I thought this show was vile … but, it was a huge hit in the ratings … Radio-personality Ken Dashow, here on Q104.3, did a pretty groovy Elvis-impersonation yesterday on his show; me, I still prefer his Metallica-one, but this was good … Right before Christmas, we were bombarded with a flurry of new intel on Kevin Spacey, including his now famous Let me Be Frank video. What to make of it all? I dunno, but as my colleague Roger Friedman said to me … it’s pretty creepy! I am, or was, a huge fan … but, heard persistent negative stories for years; even when my friend Joanne Horowitz was his manager. He’s a talent for sure, but when the doors are closed I guess it’s a different story. Sad … SIGHTING: PR-pasha David Salidor at Smith in NOAMD.

Kevin Spacey

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Jodi Ritzen; Tyrone Biljan; Alex Pedersen; Fallsview Casino; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Mark Bego; R. Couri Hay; Steve Walter; Jeff Smith; Cindy Adams; William Schill; Peter Shendell; Mitch Kanner; and, CFS.

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