Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Lands Series Order at Hulu

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Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington’s adaptation of the Celeste Ng novel “Little Fires Everywhere” has landed at Hulu with a eight-episode series order.
The project, from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and ABC Signature Studios, was first announced earlier this month with the two actresses attached to star and executive produce. “Casual’s” Liz Tigelaar will write and serve as showrunner.
“Celeste wove a beautiful, riveting story that spoke to all of us, and when we heard the vision Reese, Kerry and Liz have for the series, we knew immediately that we had to bring it to Hulu,” Hulu Chief Content Officer Joel Stillerman said in a statement. “We’re honored to bring this powerful story to the screen with Hello Sunshine, in their first studio project. This is exactly the type of compelling and culturally relevant content that embodies our Hulu Originals brand.”
“Little Fires Everywhere” — which Witherspoon chose as her book club pick when it was released last September — follows the controversy that ensues when a Chinese-American baby is adopted in Shaker Heights, Ohio. The story focuses specifically on the drama surrounding a mysterious single mother, Mia, and her landlord.
Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will executive produce for Hello Sunshine, with Washington also executive producing alongside her Simpson Street head Pilar Savone. Ng will receive a producing credit.
“At Hello Sunshine, we strive to shine a light on female-driven stories that are rooted in inspiration, emotion and truth – all of which form the bedrock of Celeste Ng’s ingenious work,” Witherspoon said in a statement. “Hulu has a rich history of transforming groundbreaking literature into groundbreaking television, and we are confident that their talented team will use this story to spur a long-overdue dialogue around race, class, and what it means to be a mother. With Kerry Washington, Liz Tigelaar and now Hulu, Hello Sunshine has brought together a dream lineup of creative collaborators, and we are privileged and humbled to have the opportunity to work with them to bring this important project to life.”
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“As producers, we at Simpson Street are so proud to be part of this team to tell this extraordinary story inspired by Celeste Ng’s phenomenal novel and we are thrilled to be embarking on this journey with Hulu,” added Washington. “As an actress, I am floored to have the opportunity to work alongside Reese Witherspoon exploring the rich themes of this story playing these dynamic characters.”
“We’re thrilled to be in business with these incredible women, each a powerhouse in her own right. This is another example of an exciting partnership for ABC Signature as we continue to build our production slate in the streaming space. We’re excited to have another project with our friends at Hulu, which is an ideal home for this project,” said Patrick Moran, president, ABC Studios/ABC Signature.

The streaming services are taking over the Emmys. Four years after “House of Cards” opened up the major categories to online content providers with three wins, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have hit an all-time high with a combined total of 126 nominations. But how did we get here?

“House of Cards”The political thriller became the first streaming-only original series to get nominated in major Emmy categories in 2013. It won three that year, including Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series and Outstanding Casting. The show has been nominated for 53 Emmys in total, six of which turned into major category wins.

“Orange is the New Black”Netflix seemed to be on a critical roll after “Orange is the New Black” debuted in 2014. It was nominated for 12 awards, including five in acting categories. Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne Warren, won for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. She won a second time in 2015.

“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”The Tina Fey-produced comedy was called the “first great sitcom of the streaming era” and the Emmy voters seem to agree. Since premiering in 2015, the show has garnered 16 nominations.

“Transparent””Transparent” was — and still is — Amazon Prime’s flagship show. In 2015, following its debut season, it won an unprecedented five Emmy awards, including Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for Jill Soloway and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy for Jeffrey Tambor. The show has been a continuous staple at the Emmys since.

“Grace and Frankie”2015 was a big year for streaming services at the Emmys. “Grace and Frankie” was yet another Netflix series that earned nominations in major categories. The show has continued to be a consistent presence at the awards ever since — specifically in acting categories.

“Jessica Jones”The Marvel Netflix show became the first of the Defenders universe to get an Emmy win, for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.

“Master of None”The big addition at the 2016 Emmys was the Aziz Ansari-led comedy “Master of None.” The Netflix series earned Ansari nominations for acting, writing and directing — and a win for writing with his colleague Alan Yang. He’ll get another shot in 2017 with more nominations in the same categories, including Outstanding Comedy Series.

“Stranger Things”2017 is a huge year for Netflix, with 91 nominations for the streaming giant overall. And sleeper hit “Stranger Things,”created by relative newcomers Matt and Ross Duffer, earned a staggering 18 of them, including Outstanding Drama Series. For a genre show released with little marketing, this is quite a feat.

“The Crown”The hugely popular (and acclaimed) period drama about the life of Queen Elizabeth II earned Netflix five Emmy nominations this year.

“Handmaid’s Tale”In 2017, Hulu established itself as a serious original programming contender with this adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s seminal novel. The highly acclaimed series not only became arguably the defining politicalary of the early Trump-Era, it also went on to make history for Hulu with 13 nominations.

“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week”Hulu didn’t stop with “The Handmaid’s Tale.” This documentary about the Beatles earned five nominations.
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“Black Mirror”The anthology series didn’t qualify for the main Emmys until the third season arrived on Netflix. It got three nominations in 2017, including two for the episode “San Junipero” — which was nominated for Outstanding Television Movie, despite being a part of an anthology.

Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have a combined 126 nominations this year

The streaming services are taking over the Emmys. Four years after “House of Cards” opened up the major categories to online content providers with three wins, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have hit an all-time high with a combined total of 126 nominations. But how did we get here?

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