Try and keep up, as this is a strange and international gathering to follow: Brian Rosen and Su Armstrong are Australian producers that run a production company called Tree. Tree has come to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to shoot a series entitled '33 Liberty Lane.' They have cast and brought with them British Emily Watson ('War Horse,' 'Corpse Bride') and Texan Melora Hardin ('The Office'), joining Canadians Sandra Oh ('Grey's Anatomy') and Winnipeg's own Nia Vardalos ('My Big Fat Greek Wedding') to film a series for international release.
Got all of that?
Now: Canadian-born Australian-resident Stephen Ayres is writing the pilot for '33 Liberty Lane' and Tree has brought England's Peter Hewitt ('Garfield') aboard to direct it.
All in all, this Australian/Canadian/British collaboration is set to begin filming in Winnipeg in February 2013. The plot of '33 Liberty Lane' follows four down-on-their-luck women who turn to phone sex as a way to make a quick buck and enlist the help of a professional sex worker. The four women in question are Watson, Oh, Hardin and Vardalos; the sex worker remains to be cast. (May I suggest gorgeous Canadian Missy Peregrym?)
Tree will be joined by Winnipeg's Buffalo Gal Pictures as co-producers on '33 Liberty Lane.'
And this Tree is growing: they have another project in the works, however this one is a touch more straight-forward. Entitled 'Doll,' the series is the story of an up-and-coming female singer who’s losing her hearing but finds a way to keep performing. It is working from an Australian script and has yet to find a director. Maybe if things with Buffalo Gal work out, Canada could lure 'Doll' over as well?
With production beginning in three months, the rest of the '33 Liberty Lane' cast will be pulled together shortly; stick with TVRage for more from this quirky collaboration.