Posted March 10, 2008 -- Singer-actress Jill Scott latest project is working its way to HBO. "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," based on Alexander McCall Smith's popular book series, stars Scott as Precious Ramotswe, the proprietor of Botswana's only femme-led detective agency.
HBO has teamed with the Weinstein Co., the BBC and filmmakers Anthony Minghella and Richard Curtis for the drama. Minghella recently finished shooting a two-hour pilot in Botswana, from a script he co-wrote with Curtis. The two began working on the project for the Weinstein Co. last year before HBO and the BBC came aboard.
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HBO has ordered 13 episodes of the series, in addition to the pilot.
"Ladies'" cast also includes Anika Noni Rose as Ramotswe's quirky secretary and Lucien Msamati as Ramotswe's love interest.
The landlord of the fly digs housing this season's contestants on "America's Next Top Model" plans to file suit against the show. According to the NY Post, the models have destroyed the $6 million, New York City loft where they stayed for 10 weeks.
Sources say the crew "punched hundreds of holes in the ceiling to hang lighting equipment" and ruined the Brazilian wood floors, forcing the owner to tear them up and install all new flooring when the women moved out three weeks ago...These girls not only destroyed the floors, it appears they had food fights. There's ketchup and coffee splattered all over the landlord's $20,000 white drapes. There's lipstick on the walls," said the insider. "They moved in furniture and made holes all along the walls."
The damage reportedly totals $500,000, not including a $1,500 upaid electric bill.
The show offered a $125,000 settlement, but the money has not been received by owner Michael Marvisi.