TV: The Good Lord Bird

Albert Hughes "is stepping into the director's chair" of the upcoming Showtime limited series The Good Lord Bird, based on James McBride's novel, Variety reported, adding that Hughes "takes over directing multiple episodes of the series from Anthony Hemingway, who departed the project due to scheduling conflicts." The series stars Ethan Hawke, who is also slated to co-write and executive produce alongside Hughes, McBride, author/producer Mark Richard and others.

Gary Levine, president of entertainment for Showtime, described Hughes as "an incredible addition to The Good Lord Bird. We are so pleased to meld Albert's intelligence, talent and perspective with the remarkable creative team that is adapting James McBride's wildly imaginative and profound novel into a singular Showtime limited series."

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