‘One of Us Is Lying’ Ordered for Peacock Adaptation

Karen M. McManus’ New York Times bestseller, One of Us Is Lying, has been picked up by Peacock for an eight-episode adaptation.

The NBCUniversal streaming platform recently launched this past July and is set to revive the popular 80s sitcom Saved by the Bell, as well as MacGruber and Girls5eva. Peacock also boasts its own adaptation of Brave New World, available upon the platform’s release.

A young adult mystery novel, Penguin Random House describes (McManus’ debut) as The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, and is “the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.”

McManus previously explained what she hoped the book would bring to her young readers:

The world constructs so many artificial barriers between people based on surface impressions and narrow definitions: who’s popular, who’s successful, who’s a troublemaker, who’s forgettable. But that public face is never the sum total of any individual. So I hope my teen readers think twice about people in their lives they might have dismissed, and look for ways to find common ground.

The adaptation boasts production by Darío Madrona, the former co-creator of Elite on Netflix, and will feature Marianly Tejada (The Purge), Cooper van Grootel (Go Karts), Annalisa Cochran (Cobra Kai), and many more.

At this time, the release date is pending.

Fans of One of Us Is Lying may also enjoy McManus’ subsequent works – Two Can Keep a Secret, One of Us Is Next, and her most recent novel The Cousins, to be released in December of this year.

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Peacock’s ‘Brave New World’: A Review

A television adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel Brave New World is currently on NBC’s new streaming service Peacock, and it is a fresh take on a tired genre. Often compared to George Orwell’s 1984, Huxley’s Brave New World is also considered to be a work of political prophecy, and is, in my opinion, at least, far more worrisome, mainly because of a single widely known phrase: “opium of the people”.

Originally said by Karl Marx, the “opium of the people” he was referring to was organized religion, criticizing it for how it reduced the immediate suffering of the oppressed with a pleasant illusion, keeping them in their low status and preventing them from seeing that they’re being oppressed in the first place. While in Huxley’s Brave New World religion is an extinct practice, the “opium of the people” is replaced with something new, and a far more literal interpretation of the metaphor: soma, which is a pharmaceutical drug that the population take regularly to chemically alter their brains and make unpleasant thoughts disappear.

Aldous Huxley himself | Image via Cannes

The show largely follows the same plot as the book, where a woman by the name of Lenine Crowne and a man by the name of Bernard Marx take a vacation to what are considered the “Savage Lands”, which are the few areas on the globe where the authority of the World State does not reach, and where the people still live by our current practices, including but not limited to monogamy, family, currency, and religion, which are all considered to be primitive and outdated by the people of New London. There, Bernard and Lenine meet a woman named Linda and her son John, and through a series of events I won’t spoil for you, John ends up in New London, and must learn how to adapt to living in a strict social hierarchy where any privacy is forbidden and love is considered a sickness.

Compared to George Orwell’s 1984, I personally consider Huxley’s Brave New World to be a far grimmer depiction of our future. In a society where emotion is chemically castrated, art is dead and virtues such as generosity and sacrifice are non existent. It is an empty society, one of no culture and one that holds no values. In this way, Brave New World is not so much a political prophecy but a societal one, and one that the show adapts to television quite well, not overburdening the audience with copious amounts of exposition but instead devoting enough time to the characters for them to organically address Huxley’s themes of societal segregation, rampant consumerism, the incompatibility of happiness and truth and, of course, the dangers of an all-powerful state.

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New ‘The Office’ Book Gives Exclusive Behind The Scenes Look

Despite the show ending its nine season run in 2013, there has been a recent surge of The Office affiliate projects that have satiated the needs of longtime Dunder Mifflin fans and clients. 2020 has certainly been no exception to this, with the recent children’s book, and the upcoming publication of Andy Greene’s The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History. 

The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History by [Greene, Andy]

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The book, released on March 24, will feature the voices of actors, creators, and writers, going behind-the-scenes of the hit sitcom. It depicts the origins of the show at the BBC, the drama of Steve Carell’s departure, including insights into how the office of The Office operated.


Hilarious, heartwarming, and revelatory, The Office gives fans and pop culture buffs a front-row seat to the phenomenal sequence of events that launched The Office into wild popularity, changing the face of television and how we all see our office lives for decades to come.



The book is formatted like an interview, which gives it an exclusive, straight-from-the-horse’s-mouth feel, and you’ll feel like an NBC insider by the time you reach the end. Through the eyes of the cast and crew, you can see what went on in the writing process, plus some interesting information about the show’s final two seasons. It gives a fuller picture of the culture of the show and reminds the reader how and why it has such a rich longevity of cultural value.

You can get your hands on the book at the end of the month, and until then enjoy your re-watch of the hit series on Netflix.

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Ronan Farrow’s Book Alleges Matt Lauer Raped NBC Colleagues

Catch and Kill recounts Ronan Farrow’s investigation of Harvey Weinstein, NBC’s attempt to prevent him from publishing his findings in The New Yorker, and how Weinstein hired a private investigative firm to try to stop him. It also features a shocking interview with Brooke Nevils, the former NBC News employee who first brought the complaint against Matt Lauer that got him fired from “Today” in 2017. When the story first broke, the media kept Nevils anonymous to protect her. But with the publication of Farrow’s new book, the full details of the allegations have been uncovered.


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We won’t go into too much detail here; you can read more about the exact details of the allegations here, here, and hereVariety was the first to break the story of these new allegations after receiving an advance copy of Catch and Kill. 



Suffice it to say Matt Lauer began a pattern of sexual assault and harassment that Nevils alleges began during the coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Nevils reports that Lauer forced himself upon her in a hotel room in Russia despite her protests.


Lauer at Sochi, via Getty Images


Lauer has denied the accusations, saying: “it is alleged that an extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter I have previously admitted having, was in fact an assault.” Nevils has a different story. She claims she objected multiple times during the account before Lauer physically forced her against a door.

This Wednesday, hosts of the “Today” show Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb commented on the breaking story. Kotb said:

There are not allegations of an affair. There are allegations of a crime. And I think that’s shocking to all of us here who have sat with Matt for many, many years.



These new details cast doubt on the stance maintained by NBC that they had no knowledge of the claims against Lauer. Farrow uncovers seven other allegations and non-disclosure agreements, implying Lauer’s behavior was merely swept under the rug.


Harvey Weinstein, via Variety


Adding yet another wrinkle to an already complicated and tragic story, it appears Weinstein may have used the knowledge of Lauer’s misconduct as leverage to prevent the allegations against himself from becoming public. Farrow describes the situation, saying:

I’m very clear about the fact that Harvey was laying siege to NBC.

These latest details represent yet another grim chapter in the ongoing #MeToo debacle, and Farrows Catch and Kill joins the litany of other books published about the scandal.



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