The Arrangement - TV series on E!

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    First, this was posted back on August 20, 2015:
    The Arrangement (Official Trailer) | E! Entertainment

    Published by E! Entertainment on May 16, 2016

    At Upfronts, E! announced a new scripted series. “The Arrangement” follows a young actress, Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista), who auditions for a part playing opposite Kyle West (Josh Henderson). Kyle’s mentor is Terrance Anderson (Michael Vartan) who runs a self-help organization called the Institute of The Higher Mind. The audition leads to a first date, but when presented with a contract that would launch her career, Megan must decide how far she’s willing to go and whether or not she will accept “The Arrangement.”

    ‘The Arrangement’ Trailer: E! Drama Skewers Hollywood, 'Scientology' | TVLine

    E! on Monday unveiled the first trailer for its upcoming scripted series The Arrangement, which looks like it could be the love child of the short-lived Hollywood satire The L.A. Complex and the fictionalized reality TV drama UnREAL.

    The Arrangement follows Megan Morrison (Chicago Fire‘s Christine Evangelista), a young actress who auditions for the female lead in a movie opposite film hunk Kyle West (Dallas‘ Josh Henderson). Their chemistry is so hot that Kyle’s team — including Alias vet Michael Vartan as the leader of a self-help organization called Scientology the Institute of The Higher Mind — offers Megan a $10 million contract… to marry him.

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    Sorry, Tom Cruise, but we know The Arrangement is totally about you

    By Kaitlin Reilly, SheKnows, May 16, 2016


    Imagine a world where a super hot, very famous movie star wants you to be his wife — and that agreeing to the marriage also comes with a $10 million dollar bonus. That's the very premise of the scripted E! show The Arrangement, but it could also be based on allegedly real events. The Arrangement dropped a very juicy trailer on Monday, and it's causing some serious speculation. Could The Arrangement be about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' marriage?

    The new series is about a fictional movie star named Kyle West who romances aspiring actress Megan Morrison, a seemingly wholesome wannabe starlet who wows him in an audition. After spending some time together, Megan's agent drops the bomb: Kyle wants to marry Megan, and will pay her mega money if she does. It's hardly a fairy-tale romance, of course, because Kyle also happens to be involved in the Institute of the Higher Mind — which, according to Megan's friends, makes him "weird and cult-y."

    "Weird and cult-y" are also words that could describe Cruise's real-life relationship to Scientology, an extremely controversial "religion" that was recently the subject of the very scary HBO documentary Going Clear, which alleges that the group doesn't just hold bizarre beliefs, but is, in fact, quite dangerous. One big rumor circulating around the time of Holmes and Cruise's whirlwind romance was that Holmes was hired to "play" Cruise's wife — something that the New York Post reported would earn Holmes a reported $3 million each year she stayed with Cruise. And stay she did — before reportedly blindsiding him by slapping him with divorce papers after five and a half years of marriage.

    Could The Arrangement really be based on the Holmes/Cruise relationship? In a word: definitely. Though it's unclear how many liberties the new series will take with this story, it's hard not to draw parallels from Kyle's onscreen BFF Terence, the leader of the Institute of the Higher Mind, and David Miscavige, Cruise's own best bud and the leader of the Church of Scientology. Sorry, Cruise, but there's no way that The Arrangement wasn't looking at your life and thinking, "Damn, this would make one hell of a mystery drama."

    The biggest difference between this show and the real-life scenario? It seems that the fictional Megan may hold more secrets than Holmes herself. Though Kyle and his cult may be what we're terrified of in this new series, Megan may be the one who ultimately surprises us with her secret past. I'm going to assume it's darker than a leading role on Dawson's Creek.

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  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    E!'s New Drama Parallels Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' Scientology-Fueled Love Story


    When news of the series was first announced, many speculated it paralleled the publicized relationship between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and Scientology. However, this led E! to issue a statement saying that the show was not inspired or based on anyone is particular.

    E!'s new scripted series, The Arrangement, seems to be based on Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's relationship


    Like unREAL, in that it’s based on The Bachelor, from someone who used to work on The Bachelor, but instead it’s about an actor who overuses the word AMAZING!, with intensity in his eyes, who auditions his girlfriends and wives, and rides around on a motorcycle, and is best friends with a cold, creepy, controlling single white male.

    Will Tom Cruise ever do press again with NBC Universal?
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    E!’s New Series ‘The Arrangement’ Takes On Scientology And Tom Cruise


    E! released the first promo trailer to their second original scripted series The Arrangement on Monday. The romantic drama takes on Scientology and makes hints of Tom Cruise’s rumored marriage contract with Katie Holmes and alleged wife auditions.


    The entertainment network ordered 10 hour-long episodes of The Arrangement. No word yet on when it will premiere.
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    Out of curiosity, when did "a scripted series" become a thing? Didn't we used to just call them "dramas"?
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    Creator Of The Arrangement Says Show Is NOT About Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes, Okay?

    By Marquita Harris, Refinery 29


    “I totally understand why people think that considering the rumors we’ve heard," [show creator Jonathan] Abrahams said. Those rumors being that Holmes was hired to play Cruises' girlfriend IRL by his Scientology cohorts in order to add a little salt to his image.

    “I know people are going to draw these comparisons but I’m not going to create story based on my fear of that or try to encourage that," Abrahams said. "I am not in the business of doing an exposé. I’ll leave that to others who are doing it probably much better than I can.”

    The biggest difference between Abrahams' story and that of the real Cruise is that the lead character isn't affiliated with a religious organization. Scientology has been swapped with a self-help organization, Institute of the Higher Mind.

    Considering that Scientology's legal department has a reputation for combating fire with fire, there's no way Abrahams could have kept that fact the same without a massive headache.
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    EXCLUSIVE: 'The Arrangement' Cast on Rumors That Show Is Based on Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Scientology | CBS News 8 San Diego


    The upcoming series, The Arrangement, has viewers wondering if the show is based on unsubstantiated rumors about the former marriage between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, but executive producer Jonathan Abrahams tells ET the show is fictional.

    "We really had no interest in capturing the headlines and doing a ripped-from-the-headlines type of show or storytelling in that way," Abrahams tells ET's Leanne Aguilera. "It was really about how can we put people into the situation that's very unusual and sometimes hard to believe, and make it believable."

    In the 10-part drama, actress Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista) is offered $10 million to enter into a marriage contract with charming, A-list movie star Kyle West (Josh Henderson). Kyle just so happens to be the most famous member of a secretive self-help organization called The Institute of the Higher Mind, and while Megan has a mysterious past she's trying to conceal, Kyle has secrets of his own.

    "We're just doing a scripted series on Hollywood," Henderson says. "I don't put a lot of thought into it. We're a very unique story on our own."

    "This isn't a documentary at all," Evangelista adds.

    Michael Vartan plays the head of The Institute of the Higher Mind on the show, which some have compared to the Church of Scientology, but the former Alias star is confident there won't be any backlash from the organization.

    "Our show has nothing to do with religion," he insists. "I see how some people could see certain parallels that might seem like certain stories we've heard. I've never personally heard of any, but I understand that contract marriages have been going on since the '30s and the '40s."

    Ultimately, Abrahams says the story is two people who are in love and battling all odds to maintain their romance.

    "It's really a show about these characters and their relationships, and it's a love story, and it's rare in today's television landscape that we get to tell stories like that," Abrahams says. "We really have an opportunity to tell a story about these two people who fall in love and all the forces that conspire against them, and can they make it through despite all these potential problems."

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    The Arrangement premieres tonight on the E! - Entertainment Television network.
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    The Arrangement premiere recap: Season 1, Episode 1

    By Matt McConkey


    There’s a good chance my mom isn’t gonna like The Arrangement. Not because she’s a Scientologist (she’s not) or because she doesn’t like a fun, splashy soap (who doesn’t?!), but because of the show’s similarities to Beauty and the Beast.

    As Mom always points out, Beauty and the Beast has a pretty anti-feminist message. Not only does Belle have Stockholm Syndrome, but she spends all her energy trying to change her man. And if you’ve ever dated an alcoholic or a buffalo-lion-Beast (or if you’ve ever seen a Matthew McConaughey rom-com from the early aughts), you know you can’t change a man, girl! It doesn’t matter how many talking teacups he has! But there’s still some problematic wish fulfillment in trying, and therein lies the juicy, guilty pleasure of The Arrangement (E!’s sexy new scripted offering – part Hollywood fairy tale, part Hollywood cautionary tale – which, for the record, is definitely NOT about Scientology and the arranged marriage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes).

    So let’s start with The Beast. When we meet Tom Cruise Kyle West (Josh Henderson), he’s at the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We know right away that Kyle is an A-list movie star because he wears flashy blazers over tight-fitting t-shirts.

    Kyle is introduced by David Miscavige Terence Anderson (Michael Vartan), head of Scientology The Institute of the Higher Mind, flanked by his wife Shelly Miscavige Deann (Lexa Doig). Deann’s character doesn’t exactly leap off the screen, but her presence does raise a few important questions: Is Deann comfortable with the fact that her name is clearly missing a letter? Also, where is Shelly Miscavige? And hey, while we’re at it, where is Leah Remini? If she hasn’t been offered a cameo on The Arrangement at some point this season, what are any of us even doing with our lives? (Also: Leah Remini does not have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Neither does Carrie Fisher. And we all just have to sit with that.)

    In an E! News report (a fun cross-branding opportunity that conveniently knocks out some exposition), we learn that Kyle and Nicole Kidman Lisbeth Graves are expected to cross paths at the upcoming Venice Film Festival for the first time since she called off their wedding last summer. We also learn that Kyle’s new movie is called AWOL, in which (according to the poster) he plays a hot priest who’s fighting a war and has great highlights.

    And finally we meet our Beauty, our Belle, our Katie Holmes, Megan Morrison. She’s late for her audition – for a Kyle West movie – but first she’s gotta drop off these desserts at her waitress job! She charms her customers, rushes to her audition, and chats with fellow actresses in the waiting room. (This would be the “Bonjour! Bonjour! Bonjour!” sequence. There must be more than this provincial life, right?)

    <snipped to the last paragraph>

    There are nine episodes left. That’s nine more opportunities for a Leah Remini cameo. Now that’s an Arrangement I can get behind!

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    7 Things in The Arrangement That Are Definitely Scientology-Inspired

    Just because the Institute is for self-help doesn’t mean it’s not still cult-y.

    By Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan


    On Sunday night, E! premiered the first episode of The Arrangement, about a young actress named Megan Morrison who wins the role of a lifetime — paid girlfriend and future wife of Kyle West, the hottest actor in Hollywood. Given Kyle’s association with a cultish self-help group called the Institute of the Higher Mind, it’s difficult to resist the assumption that the show takes some inspiration from Tom Cruise’s marriage to Katie Holmes, long rumored to have ended (if not started) because of Scientology. The Arrangement’s cast and creators maintain that their story is different — the Institute is a self-help group and not a religion, after all — but if you look, the similarities are still there. Below, an exploration of the seven most Scientologist things that happened in the premiere.

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    ‘The Arrangement’ is quite clear: It’s a drama based on Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

    By Bethonie Butler, The Washington Post


    In the first episode of “The Arrangement,” aspiring actress Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista) is asked to settle a bet between two young businessmen dining at the restaurant where she waits tables. One is convinced that he’s seen her in something, but his douchey buddy won’t pay up until she delivers a line from one of her past roles.

    “That is a risk I’m willing to take, Lieutenant, because last I checked all citizens are entitled to legal counsel,” Megan says. “Even vampires.”

    Evangelista plays Megan as effortlessly cool — confident, with just a hint of vulnerability — and she’s the main reason that the new E! scripted series is a delight to watch. The 10-episode drama, which premieres Sunday, is a thinly veiled spin on one of the biggest mysteries of our time: the whirlwind relationship between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, which some speculate was arranged by the Church of Scientology.

    Following a bizarre audition process, Megan is plucked from the obscurity of her side hustle and thrust into the limelight as the new girlfriend of superstar Kyle West (Josh Henderson), whose acting career is micromanaged by the Institute for the Higher Mind, a self-help organization clearly meant to evoke Scientology.

    Kyle credits the institute, led by Terence Anderson (an oh-so-serious Michael Vartan), for his rise to fame, which followed family tragedy and months of sleeping in his car. When he meets Megan, he’s fresh off a broken engagement to an A-list actress, whose path he will cross while promoting his latest film at the Venice Film Festival. The institute sets out to find Kyle a new leading lady, ostensibly for his next blockbuster, “The Kill Plan.” Terence’s wife, Deann (Lexa Doig), a producer on the film, has her eyes on Megan.

    At her audition, Megan is asked three questions designed to reveal her “true character.” Assuming she flopped, Megan prepares for a weekend getaway with her boyfriend. But their plans are scrapped when a woman shows up to his house in tears, announcing that she’s pregnant with his child. Reeling from her own unexpected breakup, Megan gets drunk with her two besties, and is surprised — and hung over — when her agent calls to tell her she will soon be reading opposite Kyle.

    Megan pulls it together and offers a raw, emotional (perhaps nausea-induced) performance. Impressed, Kyle runs after her and their whirlwind courtship begins with a paparazzi-dodging motorcycle ride, lunch at his favorite taco spot and a trip to a romantic Mexican bungalow.

    By the end of the first episode, Megan has landed a contract proposal — but it’s not for “The Kill Plan.” The contract lays out the terms of what would eventually become a marriage — with a cool $10 million wrapped into the deal. “There’s no big secret,” Kyle insists. The contract is about his reputation and, he says with a wince, his brand. Despite warnings from her lawyer friend, Megan agrees to consider the offer — first accompanying Kyle to the film festival — because it beats waiting tables, and because she actually likes him.

    Despite the puppet strings attached to their union, Kyle and Megan have genuine chemistry. In fact, they can’t keep their hands off each other, which presents a rather salacious theory for Cruise’s crazy, couch-jumping appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2005. “The Arrangement” may be on basic cable, but there’s a reason it doesn’t come on until 10 p.m.

    Despite their connection, Megan and Kyle’s relationship is complicated by interference from the institute — full of sinister motives that remain intriguingly obscure three episodes in — and the fact that Terence isn’t sold on the pairing. But it’s fun to watch their relationship unfold. In Italy, Megan is amused to learn that a tabloid has dubbed them “Kygan.” When Deann says the moniker will undoubtedly lead to babies named Kygan, Megan replies, bewildered, “That’s so saaaad.”

    There’s tension in the fact that, despite her aspirations, Megan doesn’t appear to take her craft — or fame — as seriously as Kyle does. But it also seems that Megan, like pretty much everyone else in her orbit, is hiding something.

    “The Arrangement” isn’t top-tier television, but it’s sharper than one might expect from the celebrity-obsessed network that brought us “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and that weird Glambot thingamajig that forces the stars to strut their stuff in slow motion on awards show red carpets. (I’ve never watched the network’s other scripted series, “The Royals,” but it gets fairly solid ratings).

    That said, you will never, ever forget that “The Arrangement” is an E! show. The opening scene is a faux E! news report about Kyle, featuring real-life reporters Zuri Hall and Jason Kennedy, who resurface in subsequent episodes.

    And the network has gone all out in building a backstory for the drama. A few days ago, in the name of research, I cued up a YouTube video of Cruise’s infamous “Oprah” appearance. The pre-roll ad was for an “E! True Hollywood Story” installment about (the fictional) Kyle West. Algorithms, smalgorithms — I prefer to think of it as me and the universe sharing an inside joke.

    But honestly, “The Arrangement” doesn’t need all those cross-promotional bells and whistles. It’s pretty delicious on its own.

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    The Arrangement recap: Season 1, Episode 2

    By Matt McConkey


    Last week, our girl Megan Morrison had a LOT going on: She dumped her boyfriend, she booked a big movie role… oh, and she signed a $10 million marriage contract with Kyle West. What a roller coaster! But this week, her drive is clear and simple: Megan is horny!

    She’s clearly enjoying her new life as the future Mrs. Kyle West. We know this because we see her smiling in Kyle’s shower in between aspirational close-ups of the fancy faucets. This house is luxe AF! Megan steps out of the shower, ready for some lovemaking with her fiancé, but she’s interrupted by his assistant Ben. Ben keeps showing up right when Megan’s feeling frisky; he’s a real boner killer, but he’s also great at managing the details for her upcoming jaunt to the Venice Film Festival for Kyle’s big premiere of the priest/war movie AWOL.

    David Miscavige Terence Anderson is supposed to skip Venice to stay home and work on his new book for Scientology The Institute of the Higher Mind (IHM). He’s sending his wife Shelly Miscavige Deann (also Kyle’s producing partner) along in his place. But when Deann stops by his office to discuss the trip, the dialogue that ensues is downright puzzling. Do yourself a favor: grab your favorite scene partner and read this one out loud for a fun segment of The Arrangement theatre.

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    Good News for all The Arrangement series fans.

    The E! released the official synopsis, promotional photos and official trailer for The Arrangement – Season 2 – The Long Game, airing Sunday, March, 11th. Check out the description, sneak peek photos and trailer online.
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