Emma Roberts Lands Netflix Ice Skating Drama ‘Spinning Out’
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Emma Roberts is moving from the world of witchcraft to the world of ice skating: The “American Horror Story” actress is set to headline a new Netflix series about competitive figure skating.
The series, called “Spinning Out,” will focus on Kat Baker (played by Roberts), described as “an up-and-coming, high-level single skater who’s about to turn in her skates after a disastrous fall took her off the competition track.”
The synopsis continues:
When Kat seizes an opportunity to continue her career as a pair skater with a talented bad-boy partner, she risks exposing a fiercely kept secret that could unravel her entire life. On and off the ice, Kat and her new partner will face daunting odds, injury to body and soul, financial sacrifice, and even potential mental breakdown on their way to realizing their Olympic dream.
This certainly sounds juicy, and with the recent resurgence in interest in figure skating (thanks, hot Olympians and “I, Tonya”), is definitely timely. While the plot sounds suspiciously similar to the cult classic sports rom-com “The Cutting Edge,” we have to assume that Netflix will make an effort to make this series stand out. Hiring Roberts is a good first step, as is the involvement of creator and executive producer Samantha Stratton, who is a former professional skater herself.
Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of “Spinning Out.” Here’s hoping it takes the ice soon.
The Cutting Edge
Stuck-up figure skating whiz Kate Moseley (Moira Kelly) is denied a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics after a fall. As Kate drives off partner after partner, her coach, Anton (Roy Dotrice), must quickly find her a new one in order to be ready for the next Olympics. Enter arrogant former Olympic hockey player Doug Dorsey (D.B. Sweeney), who briefly encountered Kate years before. Reluctantly teaming up, Kate and Doug's icy rapport begins to thaw, resulting in a chemistry both in and out of the rink. Read More
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