Now if this is true – that Oscar winners and Hollywood legends Robert DeNiro and Julianne Moore have signed on for a TV crime drama – you could forgive me for going out for a quick dance in the street. De Niro and Moore, on TV? In a CRIME DRAMA??
So the news is this: David O Russell, the writer and movie director behind things like Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees and Silver Linings Playbook, is heading up a new project in which the likes of De Niro and Moore are said to be attached.
Details about the show are sketchy, but I hear it is a crime/cop thriller that might be set in the 1990s. It is unclear whether it would be a regular or limited series, but I hear it is designed to run multiple seasons. I hear the show is targeting cable networks and streaming services. With the auspices involved, it is expected to net a series order. In fact, I hear that offers for big commitments are being solicited prior to the pitch going out, which is very rare for a TV series. It underscores just how competitive the current television landscape is, especially when A-list feature talent is involved.
Let’s be honest here: De Niro has had a patchy movie career since his stellar efforts of the 1970s, 80s and early 90s, but his very aura still commands huge respect. Moore, on the other hand, is as consistently superb as they come and, between the pair of them, they have more awards than they know what to do with.
Assuming this news is correct and everything pans out, it heralds a further shift in the way TV drama is regarded. The past few years have seen the likes of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson star in True Detective and, more recently, Winona Ryder starring in her first TV role (Stranger Things). These starring roles have helped to tear down the barriers between the two mediums and have helped to take away the perceived industry stigma that TV is an inferior medium.
We can’t wait to see what this is all about.