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[09/28/20 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Monday, September 28
Updates include: Sherri Shepherd to recur on ABC's "Call Your Mother"; Basil Eidenbenz cast in Netflix's "The Witcher"; and New Zealand TV productions to get underway.

[03/16/20 - 11:22 PM]
Development Update: Monday, March 16
Updates include: "The Crown" to finish filming on season four; pilots "This Country," "The Lost Boys" halt shooting; and more than two dozen TV series also suspend or delay production.

[03/03/20 - 11:38 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 3
Updates include: Syfy to call it quits on "The Magicians" after five seasons; Thomas Middleditch to star in CBS's "B Positive"; and Ryan Hansen, Aimee Carrero to lead NBC's "Someone Out There."

[01/14/20 - 01:11 PM]
Amazon Studios Announces Cast for New Series Based on "The Lord of the Rings"
Newly revealed cast members including Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, and Daniel Weyman.

[01/07/20 - 11:39 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, January 7
Updates include: Melissa McCarthy signs onto Hulu's "Nine Perfect Strangers"; Robert Aramayo books key role in Amazon's "The Lord of the Rings"; and FOX eyes revival of "America's Most Wanted."

[12/17/19 - 11:47 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, December 17
Updates include: Syfy orders final season of "Van Helsing"; Morfydd Clark to play young Galadriel in Amazon's "The Lord of the Rings"; and AMC's "Lodge 49" fails to find new home.

[12/12/19 - 11:45 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, December 12
Updates include: Lulu Wang to spearhead Amazon's "The Expatriates"; Margo Martindale bound for Showtime's "Your Honor"; and Tim Hobert to pen "The Griswolds" TV series for HBO Max.

[12/10/19 - 11:41 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, December 10
Updates include: Thomas Lennon tapped as new Mxyzptlk on "Supergirl"; Robbie Amell, Stephen Amell land "Code 8" TV spin-off at Quibi; and Nicole Richie to recur on ABC's "Bless This Mess."

[11/18/19 - 05:37 PM]
"The Lord of the Rings" on Amazon Gets Early Season Two Renewal
The company confirmed the news via the show's social media account.

[10/21/19 - 11:22 PM]
Development Update: Monday, October 21
Updates include: Rosie Perez boards HBO Max's "The Flight Attendant"; Joseph Mawle cast in Amazon's "The Lord of the Rings" series; and Melanie Lynskey to star in Showtime's "Yellowjackets."

[09/17/19 - 03:06 PM]
Amazon Studios Announces New Zealand as Location for Its Upcoming Series Based on "The Lord of the Rings"
Pre-production has started, and production on the series will begin in Auckland in the coming months.

[09/04/19 - 11:22 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, September 4
Updates include: TBS cancels "The Detour"; Will Poulter cast in Amazon's "The Lord of the Rings" TV series; and Hulu eyes sequel series for "The Handmaid's Tale."

[07/27/19 - 08:30 AM]
Amazon Studios Announces Creative Talent Behind the New "The Lord of the Rings" Series
The team joins previously announced filmmaker J.A. Bayona, who will direct the first two episodes, and showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

[07/22/19 - 11:35 PM]
Development Update: Monday, July 22
Updates include: Markella Kavenagh first to be cast in Amazon's "The Lord of the Rings"; Lea DeLaria to recur in Hulu's "Reprisal"; and "Skinny Dip" gets new life at Quibi.

[07/03/19 - 11:21 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, July 3
Updates include: Hallmark Channel renews "The Good Witch," sans Bailee Madison; CBS cancels "Ransom" after three seasons; and J.A. Bayona to helm debut of Amazon's "The Lord of the Rings."

[05/21/19 - 11:09 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, May 21
Updates include: Greg Kinnear to star in Amazon's "Good People"; Holly Hunter to recur on HBO's "Succession"; and Bryan Cogman reports to Amazon's "The Lord of the Rings" TV series.

[07/28/18 - 02:44 PM]
JD Payne and Patrick McKay to Develop "The Lord of the Rings" Original Series for Amazon Studios
The duo said: "We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care - it is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime."

[11/13/17 - 10:07 AM]
Amazon to Adapt J.R.R. Tolkien's Globally Renowned Fantasy Novels, "The Lord of the Rings," for Television with a Multi Season Production Commitment
Set in Middle Earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring."







LORD OF THE RINGS, THE (AMAZON)
Premieres in TBA 2021 (Exact Date TBA)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
???
STATUS:
new in 2020/2021 (date TBA)
TIME SLOT:
not on the schedule
CURRENT SEASON:
1 (8 episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2020-21 season (the show's second) on 11/18/19
DESCRIPTION:
(from Amazon's press release, January 2020) Amazon Studios today announced the first group of series regulars set to star in the new Amazon Original series based on stories from the iconic "The Lord of the Rings" novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. Newly revealed cast members including Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, and Daniel Weyman. Production will begin in February. As previously announced, the series is led by showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay; they are joined by filmmaker J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom), who is directing the first two episodes and serving as executive producer, alongside his partner Belén Atienza; with executive producers Lindsey Weber (10 Cloverfield Lane), Bruce Richmond (Game of Thrones), Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire), Sharon Tal Yguado, Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad), Jason Cahill (The Sopranos), and Justin Doble (Stranger Things). Said McKay and Payne: "After undertaking an extensive global search, we are delighted finally to reveal the first group of brilliant performers who will take part in Amazon's The Lord of the Rings series. These exceptionally talented women and men are more than just our actors: they are the newest members of an ever-expanding creative family that is now working tirelessly to bring Middle-earth to life anew for fans and audiences worldwide." Set in Middle-earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring." A world-renowned literary work, and winner of the International Fantasy Award and Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, "The Lord of the Rings" was named Amazon customers' favorite book of the millennium in 1999 and Britain's best-loved novel of all time in BBC's The Big Read in 2003. Its theatrical adaptations, from New Line Cinema and Director Peter Jackson, earned a combined gross of nearly $6 billion worldwide and garnered a combined 17 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Charlie Vickers
· Daniel Weyman
· Dylan Smith
· Ema Horvath
· Ismael Cruz Córdova
· Joseph Mawle
· Markella Kavenagh
· Maxim Baldry
· Megan Richards
· Morfydd Clark
· Nazanin Boniadi
· Owain Arthur
· Robert Aramayo
· Sophia Nomvete
· Tom Budge
· Tyroe Muhafidin
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Will Poulter as Beldor (Originally Cast)
CREW INFORMATION:
· Belén Atienza as EP
· Bruce Richmond as EP
· Bryan Cogman as CP
· Gene Kelly as EP
· Gennifer Hutchison as EP
· Glenise Mullins as CONS
· Helen Shang as CO-PROD
· J.A. Bayona as EP/DIR (Pilot)
· J.D. Payne as CRTR/EP
· J.R.R. Tolkien as BOOK
· Jason Cahill as EP
· Justin Doble as EP
· Lindsey Weber as EP
· Patrick McKay as CRTR/EP
· Ron Ames as PROD
· Sharon Tal Yguado as EP
· Stephany Folsom as CP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Amazon Studios
· HarperCollins
· New Line Cinema
· Tolkien Estate and Trust