Sunday, April 14, 2024

Two Time Oscar Winner Sean Penn Will Star in First TV Series from Creator of “House of Cards”


And now I officially feel old. Sean Penn is going to star in his first TV series, for Hulu and Britain’s Channel 4. It’s from Beau Willimon, creator of “House of Cards.” When Sean Penn goes to TV, you know that’s it. Leo won’t be far behind.

The show is called “The First.” Set in the near future, “The First” will follow the first human mission to Mars exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization. The story focuses not only on the astronauts, but also on their families and loved ones, as well as the ground team on Earth.

Will Madonna be one of the Mars discoveries? That’s probably the next announcement.

Hulu is hot right now having won the Emmy for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” This series won’t appear until 2018, so expect Sean to win the Emmy in 2020.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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