Emmy Rossum was a staple of premium cable for the better part of a decade thanks to her role as Fiona on Showtime's Shameless, but a steamy new image of Rossum for her new streaming series proves she's boldly left her old stomping grounds behind. Rossum will star in the original series Angelyne for NBC's upcoming streaming service, fittingly titled Peacock, and she shared a photo of her new look:
Hello, Emmy Rossum! Let it not be said that Rossum (who shared the image via Twitter) will be typecast in showbiz just because she spent so many years in one role on Shameless. Based on this first photo alone, Angelyne of Angelyne will be a pretty far cry from Fiona of Shameless. Interestingly, Rossum has actually been attached to this project since way back in 2017.
At the time, not a whole lot was known about the project, and Universal Cable Productions didn't even announce a network. Now that NBC has a streaming service on the way, Angelyne won't need a network at all! Considering some of the potential subject matter, Angelyne may be best-suited to a platform without the restrictions that come from airing on traditional TV networks.
So, what will Angelyne be about? Executive produced by Emmy Rossum, husband and Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, and Chad Hamilton, THR reports Angelyne will be a limited series telling the story of the infamous blonde bombshell billboard diva of Los Angeles, known as Angelyne.
After a Hollywood Reporter exposé, Angelyne was identified as Renee Goldberg, born in Poland in 1950 as the daughter of Holocaust survivors. She and her parents moved to Los Angeles, where she would attend high school. Her "paper trail" ends with her time in high school, but she became famous for appearing on L.A. billboards and driving a pink Corvette.
The billboards weren't advertising anything, but simply showed Angelyne posing suggestively with her name in large letters. Angelyne's story is finally being brought to television after being shopped to cable and streaming outlets before landing at Peacock.
The new streamer hasn't announced a premiere date for the series just yet, but a Twitter response to Emmy Rossum's post sheds some light, saying this:
Well, that may not be a precise date, but at least it's proof that Peacock plans to launch Angelyne in 2020! The streaming service itself is slated to launch in April 2020 as one of the many new streaming services that will rival the previous big three of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. Peacock is costing Netflix some of its popular content, including Friends and The Office. When it comes to originals like Angelyne, Peacock will also host a Battlestar Galactica reboot, a Saved By the Bell revival with a partially new cast, and more.
While you wait for Angelyne to launch later this year, be sure to swing by our 2020 winter and spring schedule for some options that will premiere sooner rather than later.
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