Green Light for 2 More TV Shows

Green Light for 2 More TV Shows

ABC JOINS THE PARTY: Apparently ABC didn’t want NBC to have ALL the fun shooting their TV shows in Chicago, as they have picked up two of the three pilots shot here earlier this year...

BETRAYAL is written and executive produced by David Zabel (ER), the pilot was directed by Patty Jenkins, best known for the Oscar-winning Charlize Theron drama MONSTER. BETRAYAL stars James Cromwell, Stuart Townsend and Hannah Ware, best known for the role of Emma Kane, the estranged addict daughter of mayor Tom Kane, in the dearly departed Chicago series BOSS.

A chance meeting leads photographer Sara Hadley (Ware) and Attorney Jack McAllister (Townsend) to an undeniable instant attraction. Just as Sara and Jack’s affair is starting, the lovers will find themselves in an impossible situation–on opposite sides of a murder investigation.

MIND GAMES, initially named INFLUENCE while the pilot was filming in Chicago, brings together Steve Zahn and Christian Slater as brothers – Zahn a bipolar former professor, Slater a seasoned con artist – running a unique agency committed to solving clients’ problems using the hard science of psychological manipulation. It’s a little bit science, a little bit con artistry plus a smattering of Jedi mind tricks. More importantly, it’s all Chicago.

ONE MORE SHOW TO WATCH: Even though it’s not shooting in Chicago, we still love LUCKY 7. Why? Because one of the show’s stars is Chicago theatre stalwart Stephen Louis Grush. A group of seven gas station employees have been chipping into a lottery pool for months, never thinking they’d actually win. They win. The executive producers for LUCKY 7 include Steven Spielberg so this one should have some pretty strong odds. Congratulations, Grush, we'll be tuning in!

(Note: don’t buy lottery tickets...)

Is your film or pilot heading into production? Please drop me a note at mac@midwestfilm.com and tell me all about it. I’ll do my best to include it in “The Call Sheet.”

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.