Cynthia Quiles & Kerry O’Malley To Recur In Season 2 Of CBS All Access Anthology Drama

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EXCLUSIVE: Kerry O’Malley and Cynthia Quiles are the latest actors to join the second season of CBS All Access’ Why Women Kill.

O’Malley, who features in TNT’s Snowpiercer, and Quiles, who featured in ABC’s Station 19 and is in NBC’s upcoming comedy Mr. Mayor, join the series in a recurring capacity.

This comes after Deadline revealed last month that Allison Tolman (Emergence) and Nick Frost (Fighting with my Family) were set to star in the CBS All Access anthology series from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, Imagine Television Studios and CBS Studios.

This season of the dark comedy features a new ensemble cast and storylines set in 1949 that will explore what it means to be beautiful, the hidden truth behind the facades people present to the world, the effects of being ignored and overlooked by society, and finally, the lengths one woman will go in order to finally belong.

O’Malley plays Mavis, a beautiful, upscale and entitled member of the garden club with a beautiful singing voice. Quiles, who is repped by Citizen Skull Management, plays Brenda, as beautiful and entitled as her friends and another member of Rita’s exclusive garden club.

Tolman will play Alma, a timid and awkward housewife, who remains optimistic in the face of the world’s cruelty. Alma yearns for a spot in the local garden club and to see her ungainly daughter married, but her life is disrupted once she learns of her husband’s secret hobby.

Frost will play Bertram, Alma’s beloved husband who spends his days as a veterinarian putting sick and injured animals out of their misery. Always kind and good-humored, Bertram has a secret hobby that is darker than his jovial nature lets on.

Cherry serves as executive producer alongside Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Samie Kim Falvey; Acme Productions’ Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis; Marc Webb and Francie Calfo. The series is produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Studios.

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Starz Preps Eleanor of Aquitaine Series as Part of Anthology About ‘Lesser Known’ Women in History

Starz is developing an anthology series about “lesser known” but “extraordinary women of history” from Lionsgate Television and Colin Callender’s Playground, with the first installment being a show about Eleanor of Aquitaine.

The potential series about “one of the great heroines of the Middle Ages” will be written by Susie Conklin (“A Discovery of Witches,” “Cranford”), who is adapting the project from historian Alison Weir’s biography “Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life” and its companion novel “Captive Queen.”

Per Starz, “Eleanor of Aquitaine defied the conventions of her time as a Queen of both England and France who wielded immense political influence over the kingdoms of men. She was a wife, mother and a fierce leader in an era when women were regarded as little more than chattels. Eleanor’s unwavering spirit saw her through many years of victories and defeats – a marriage bound by duty, a passionate love affair, family alliances and betrayals, the grandeur of power and the desolation of imprisonment.”

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Starz said “additional properties” will be added to the anthology’s development lineup following the acquisition of the rights to Weir’s Eleanor of Aquitaine works.

Conklin will executive produce the “Eleanor of Aquitaine” series alongside Scott Huff and David Stern, who will oversee development on the potential show for Playground.

Starz senior vice president of original programming, Karen Bailey, is leading the project for the premium cable channel, with senior vice president of Lionsgate Television, Jocelyn Sabo, overseeing for Lionsgate.

“This slate of series will focus on lesser known but undeniably exceptional female historical figures while continuing the exploration of fierce characters in history,” Christina Davis, president of programming for Starz, said in a statement. “Alison Weir’s novels are the perfect jumping off point for this collection of series from Playground, who are known for their sophisticated storytelling.”

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