Emmy Magazine Features
The seaplane is back in service. In the Fox reboot of Fantasy Island, its female showrunners make a gender switch — Roselyn Sanchez stars as Ms. Roarke — while enhancing the show’s Latin lineage with a Puerto Rican locale. But hope is still the big draw, as the island’s visitors seek new lives and viewers come for comfort.
As one of Hollywood’s original scream queens, Jamie Lee Curtis was perhaps destined to join forces with horror honcho Jason Blum. But for Curtis, it was the Blum’s character, not his credits, that sealed the deal. Today, they’re collaborating on films — the second installment of Blumhouse’s Halloween reboot, Halloween Kills, opens on October 15 — and an array of TV projects, including a series based on novelist Patricia Cornwell’s best-selling thrillers featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta.
He prefers not to settle on one great idea. That’s why B.J. Novak created an anthology series, The Premise. He also didn’t settle on just one job, though for Novak, writing is everything. “When I act, I feel like I’m writing a character,” he says. “When I direct, I feel like I’m writing the aesthetics of the scene. That’s how I see the world.”