TV: Primates of Park Avenue; The Days of Abandonment

MGM TV has optioned Wednesday Martin's memoir Primates of Park Avenue to develop as a TV series with Yahlin Chang set to write the adaptation, Deadline reported. Jonathan Glickman will executive produce via his Glickmania Productions, along with Martin.

Chang is an executive producer on Hulu's Emmy-winning series The Handmaid's Tale. She was most recently nominated for a 2021 Primetime Emmy for outstanding writing for a drama for the series, and had previously shared outstanding drama series nominations in 2020 and 2018. 


HBO has abandoned production on The Days of Abandonment, based on Elena Ferrante's novel and starring Natalie Portman, Deadline reported. In a statement, HBO said: “Due to unforeseen personal reasons, Natalie Portman has stepped down from HBO Films' Days of Abandonment prior to the start of filming. Unfortunately, the production will not move forward. We are very sorry we won't be able to bring this beautiful story to the screen with our talented writer/director and cast. We send our sincere thanks to our cast, producers, and crew for all their passion and hard work.”

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