TV Buzz: Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell to Team on 'Barbary Coast'; Naomi Watts to Star in 'Gypsy'

TV Buzz: Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell to Team on 'Barbary Coast'; Naomi Watts to Star in 'Gypsy'

Apr 19, 2016

Mel Gibson, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell

So many established movie stars have flocked to the small screen in recent years that it's become quite a challenge just to keep up with them all. Two recent announcements caught our eye, however, because of the talent involved.

First, Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson will be teaming for The Barbary Coast, according to Variety. Gibson will cowrite and direct the planned series and will also have a recurring role; Russell and Hudson will star. It will be a family affair, since Hudson was raised by her mother, Goldie Hawn, and her mother's longtime partner Russell. Hudson's half-brother Wyatt Russell and her brother Oliver Hudson are among the show's producers.

The show will be set during the California gold rush era, which lasted from 1848 to 1855. That's also when the red-light district in San Francisco, known as the Barbary Coast, became notorious for its lawless and licentious activity. William Shatner and Doug McClure starred in the short-lived TV show Barbary Coast, which was broadcast on ABC in 1975; the series took a lighthearted look at the era. Both Gibson and Russell have starred in Westerns in the past, with Russell's roles in The Hateful Eight and Bone Tomahawk being two recent fine examples.

We don't know yet what type of show Gibson and company have planned. It's at an early stage of development and is not yet set up at a network. But we hope it heads our way sooner rather than later.

Naomi Watts

Another big star, Naomi Watts, will lead the psychological thriller Gypsy. Per Deadline, the show is already set up at Netflix for a 10-episode season. Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) will direct the first two episodes.

The actress began her career in Australia, where she nabbed roles in movies and television shows before her breakout performance in David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. That movie began life as a pilot for a television series, which was rejected by ABC and then transformed into a feature project by Lynch.

In Gypsy, Watts will portray a therapist "who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives." This sounds like a plum role for Watts, who is never less than compelling on screen. The show will premiere sometime in 2017.

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