WEEK IN WOMEN: April Blair’s RANSOM CANYON bought by Netflix – Brandy McDonnell reports

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April Blair, known for her work on >Gossip Girl, Wednesday and All American, is the writer, creator and executive producer on a new Netflix drama series called Ransom Canyon, starring Josh Duhamel and Minka Kelly and based on the books by best-selling Texas author Jodi Thomas. Netflix’s series order is for 10 hourlong episodes.

Set against the rugged expanse of Texas Hill Country, Ransom Canyon” will be a romance-fueled family drama and contemporary Western saga that follows the intersecting lives of three ranching families.

Josh Duhamel (Love, Simon) is set to play Staten Kirkland, the owner and sole occupant of the sprawling Double K Ranch. Steadfast and stoic, Staten leads the charge to resist outside forces threatening his way of life and the land that he loves.

Minka Kelly (Euphoria, Friday Night Lights) plays Quinn, a woman who has often found herself in the shadow of others, but after a stint in New York pursuing her career as a concert pianist, she returns to Ransom Canyon to carve out a new path for herself.

The show’s cast will be rounded out by co-stars Tatanka Means (Killers of the Flower Moon), James Brolin (Traffic), Eoin Macken (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter), Lizzy Greene (A Million Little Things) and Garrett Wareing (God Is a Bullet). Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.