Star Wars actor Hayden Christensen and his brother, Tove Christensen, plan to sculpt a new reality show for the FOX-owned FX cable channel that would trace a young artist’s rise to fame, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Tentatively titled Masterpiece, the series, to be coproduced by Emmy-winning documentarian R.J. Cutler (The War Room, American High), would mark the first producing attempt by the 23-year-old Hayden, says the trade paper.
His recent movie Shattered Glass, in which he played real-life disgraced journalist Stephen Glass, was produced by brother Tove, who has also acted. In 1998, Tove appeared with Billy Crudup and Donald Sutherland in Without Limits, about 1970s competitive runner Steve Prefontaine.
As for previous reality show experience, both brothers competed on Mark Burnett’s 2003 Eco-Challenge Fiji Islands.
In other TV news, ABC is looking to resurrect That Was the Week That Was, a satirical news show based on a British hit that NBC gamely tried for a season on these shores in 1964.
Perhaps thinking that The Daily Show has paved the way for such a series, ABC’s new Primetime boss Shelley Ross plans for TW3 (as it was nicknamed 40 years ago) to serve as the weekly closing segment on the Thursday newsmagazine show, ABC has announced.
The series is due to be relaunched this fall as Primetime Live, with Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson.
The original TW3 starred David Frost (in what was essentially his American debut), as well as, among others, Alan Alda, Buck Henry and a sexy young woman named Nancy Ames, who sang the catchy – and pointed – theme song.
Ames, who when last heard from ran an event-planning company in Dallas, briefly became a household name, and now ABC is said to be looking for a modern counterpart.