The New Year has brought all sorts of new gigs for some of our favorite locals. We are so happy to report that Long Island native and Hamptons frequenter Edie Falco is back on the small screen, headlining the CBS drama “Tommy.” In the new series, she plays Abigail “Tommy” Thomas, the first female Chief of Police for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Next up for the former Carmela Soprano and “Nurse Jackie” is the feature film “El Tonto,” which is in post-production. The ensemble comedy, written and directed by Charlie Day, also features Kate Beckinsale, John Malkovich, Adrien Brody, Ray Liotta, Jason Sudeikis and Ken Jeong.
Also out is season two of “Narcos: Mexico,” continuing the story of Guadalajaran drug cartel Godfather Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo. Now streaming on Netflix, the follow-up to “Narcos” was created by Sag Harbor’s own Chris Brancato, who also created that show. He is also the writer of “Sherlock Holmes 3,” which will star fellow East Ender Robert Downey Jr. plus Rachel McAdams and Jude Law, is in pre-production.
The word is officially out — there will be a season four for “Stranger Things.” Currently streaming season three on Netflix, the Montauk Project-inspired series — starring Winona Ryder, David Harbor, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp and Millie Bobby Brown — is bringing back the lead character of Jim Hopper (Harbor) from what many thought was the dead. Instead of being as cold as the grave, he’ll be freezing somewhere near or in Siberia.
Still hot, Sag Harbor’s Billy Joel has extended his monthly residency at Madison Square Garden to August 3 for his 79th consecutive show. Other upcoming concerts for our favorite “Piano Man” include gigs in Charlotte, North Carolina; Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana and Fenway Park in Boston.
It’s finally happening! Amagansett residents Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker are coming together on the Broadway stage for the first time in more than 20 years. The married-in-real-life couple will star in Neil Simon’s legendary “Plaza Suite,” playing all six main characters. Directed by John Benjamin Hickey, the tour de force stages at the Hudson Theatre for a limited engagement through July 12.
We’re also super glad to see that Bridgehampton-based chef Alex Guarnaschelli is on TV again, returning as the host of the second season of Food Network’s “Supermarket Stakeout.” Filmed on location at grocery stores around the country, the show features four chefs who ambush shoppers and use their purchases, sight unseen, to prepare gourmet meals for competition.
Aside from the “Chopped” judge and “Iron Chef,” expect to see Giada De Laurentis, Bobby Flay, Scott Conant and Molly Yeh included in the rotating panel of judges this season. First airing in March, the series will include thirteen episodes this season, airing on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m.
Big congrats to East Hampton’s Randy Brecker, who earned his seventh Grammy this year. He won this time around for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for “Sozinho” on his album, “Rocks.” The trumpeter, flugelhornist and composer, whom we are fortunate enough to catch every once in a while at the Jam Session, has played with jazz legend Art Blakey, Stevie Wonder, David Sanborn, Ada Rovatti, the band Blood, Sweat & Tears, as well as his brother and fellow musician, Michael, in their duo, the Brecker Brothers.
We’ve also give it up for Amagansett native Devon Leaver, whose short film, “Lance (in a Neck Brace),” just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Way to go!
In addition to co-producing the nine-minute dark comedy about a man who is recovering from the fallout of a bad breakup, Leaver also co-starred in it. We definitely expect to see and hear more from this multi-talented up-and-comer, who is also a director, editor, musician, composer and voiceover artist whose films have screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival and Hamptons Doc Fest.