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CW Acquires Miniseries ‘Labyrinth,’ Orders Two Reality Series

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The CW announced the acquisition of Labyrinth, a four-hour historical miniseries that follows the search for the Holy Grail. The network also ordered two reality competitions and a digital spinoff of Rob Thomas’ Veronica Mars, to air on CW Seed.

The network has yet to set a scheduled date for the miniseries to air. Labyrinth boasts an impressive multi-national and award-winning cast, including John Hurt (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Sebastian Stan (Gossip Girl, Once Upon a Time, Captain America: The First Avenger), Tom Felton (the Harry Potter franchise), Jessica Brown-Findlay (Downton Abbey, Misfits) and Janet Suzman (Nicholas and Alexandra, Midsomer Murders).

The miniseries jumps back and forth between modern and medieval France as it follows the lives of two women who are separated by centuries, but united in their search for the Holy Grail.  In Carcassonne, France, in the year 1209, 17-year-old Alaïs (Jessica Brown-Findlay), is given a mysterious book by her father; a book which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail.  Although Alaïs cannot understand the book’s strange words and labyrinth symbols, her father instructs her to protect the book no matter what happens to him.  Alaïs realizes that her destiny lies in keeping the secret of the labyrinth safe.  Eight centuries later, at an archeological dig in the French Pyrenees, a young volunteer named Alice Tanner (Vanessa Kirby, “The Hour,” “Great Expectations”) discovers two skeletons in a forgotten cave.  Puzzled by the labyrinth symbol carved into the rock, she realizes she’s disturbed something that was meant to remain hidden.  Somehow, a link to a horrific past – Alice’s own past – has been revealed.

Veronica Mars Spinoff — Online That Is

Though details on the Veronica Mars digital project are scarce at the moment, what is known is creator Rob Thomas is on board. The producer is currently working on ideas for the web series.

“Rob and I spoke last night,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz. “He’s very excited about doing this for CW seed. It may not appear before the film comes out.”

While most of the cast from the TV series signed on for the film, due out March 14, it is unknown who would participate in this project. Though it would be kind of hard to do a Veronica Mars project without star Kristen Bell.

MORE REALITY COMPS ON THE WAY

Two reality series — Barber Battle, an all-new, half-hour reality competition series hosted by actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer, and Penn & Teller: Fool Us, a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller — will premiere later this year on The CW.

Barber Battle will visit different barbershops across the country in each of the 10 episodes.  The most talented barbers from the Bronx to the ‘burbs will compete with their clippers to showcase their artistic designs and be crowned the creator of the best “crowns” in town.  Going beyond mere hairstyles, these amazing stylists use their scissors and clippers to create astonishing works of art ranging from portraits to landmarks to ballparks – all on someone’s head. Episodes will blend craft with comedy and will feature a winner each week.  Judges, locations and contestants will be announced at a later date.

On each of the nine episodes of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller.  Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets.  Penn and Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out.  The audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic.  British television and radio personality Jonathan Ross (Friday Night with Jonathan Ross) serves as host.

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