By Nellie Andreeva | Deadline Heading into its upfront presentation, E! has unveiled its original programming slate, which includes three upcoming series: reality competition series Escape Club premiering June 8, plastic surgery docu-series Botched premiering this September, and the network’s first original scripted series The Royals debuting in early 2015. The network has picked up a second season of #RichKids Of Beverly Hills and has put in development a New York-based spinoff. It also has greenlighted a new installment of the Kardashians’ Take franchise, Kourtney & Khloe Take The Hamptons while developing yet another Kardashian reality series, Dash Dolls, about Kim and Khloe Kardashian’s boutiques. “E! continues to deliver for the pop culture fan through buzzy original programming, unparalleled entertainment news, and innovative digital initiatives,” said Suzanne Kolb, President, E! Entertainment. While celebrity-driven unscripted fare remains a cornerstone of E!’s programming with new projects headlined by the Kardashians, Christina Millian and Lance Bass, there are also more fashion and lifestyle offerings, including a new reality series in the works toplined by fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg. E! also stepped up its coverage of Fashion Week this year. The expansion in the arena is in part because E!’s sister network Style … Read More
The results of the 2014 Royal Television Society Awards are now known. The winners were announced at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London tonight (Tuesday 18th March) during a ceremony hosted by Tim Vine. The winners in the comedy-related categories were Alan Carr; Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll; Channel 4‘s hit comedy show The Last Leg, which stars Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker (pictured); ITV2 sitcom Plebs; and the writing team of The Wrong Mans – James Corden, Mathew Baynton and Tom Basden. This is the third major award for Plebs. The sitcom, which is written by Sam Leifer and Tom Basden, has previously won at both the Broadcast Awards and British Comedy Awards 2013. Meanwhile, this is the first major award for The Last Leg, which is currently broadcasting its fourth series on Friday nights.
By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Friday March 14, 2014 Joel David Moore (Bones, Avatar), Barbara Eve Harris (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Donnie Keshawarz (The Wolf Of Wall Street) have landed series regular roles on ABC’s drama pilotForever, written by Matthew Miller and directed by Brad Anderson. It centers on Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner. But what no one knows is Henry studies the dead for a reason – he is immortal. His investigative work with recently widowed Detective Jo Martinez (Alana de la Garza), a recovering alcoholic, and relationship with best friend Abe (Judd Hirsch) will peel back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life. Moore, repped by ICM and Underground, will play Lucas, a young M.E. tech who’s a bit of a hipster and easily tongue-tied around pretty women. Harris, with SDB Partners and Valeo Entertainment, will play Lt. Roark, an old-school NYC cop who is Martinez’s boss. The role originally was written for a male character. Keshawarz will play brash homicide Detective Hanson, who works with Martinez. He’s with Abrams Artists Agency and ATA Management.
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Friday March 14, 2014 Masters of Sex‘s Nick D’Agosto andMixology‘sAndrew Santino have been cast as leads alongside Greta Gerwig, Drew Tarver and Krysta Rodriguez in CBS’ comedy pilot How I Met Your Dad, rounding out the How I Met Your Mother spinoff’s primary cast. In the vein of the original series, HIMYD tells the story from a female point of view, that of Sally (Gerwig), and revolves around a new group of friends in New York. D’Agosto, repped by UTA, Emerald Talent and SMGSB, will play Frank, the head of IT for Juliet’s (Rodriguez) fashion blog who falls for Sally. Santino, repped by CAA and Underground, will play Danny, Sally’s older brother, a perfect but uptight overachieving lawyer. Santino is billed as a guest star in the pilot as his casting is in second position to ABC’s midseason comedy Mixology, which has been soft in its first couple of airings. D’Agosto was a regular on the first season of Showtime’s Masters of Sex and will continue on the racy drama in a recurring capacity. The pilot, from 20th TV, was written by Emily Spivey and HIMYMcreators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and will be directed by Pam Fryman.
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Thursday March 13, 2014 “With the addition of the NFL on Thursday night our schedule is pretty darn tight,” CBS’ CEO Les Moonves told investors this week, indicating the network planned to only add two new drama and two new comedy series for next season. Here is the proof of just how tight the network’s 2014-15 schedule is shaping up to be. As it does every year, in one fell swoop the network has renewed the bulk of its lineup. That includes nine drama series — flagship NCIS, NCIS: LA, Criminal Minds, Person Of Interest, Elementary, CSI, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods and critical darling The Good Wife — and five comedies: 2 Broke Girls, freshman The Millers and the three Chuck Lorre series, veteran Two And A Half Men, Mike & Molly and freshman Mom. They join Lorre’s The Big Bang Theory, which was just given a big three-season pickup. On the reality side, The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss are being renewed, joining Survivor, which is set for a milestone 30th cycle next season, as well as newsmagazines 60 Minutes and 48 Hours. All in all, 20 programs. Not picked up is The Mentalist, the veteran procedural’s first time not being among the early renewals. The long-running drama has been on the bubble and, unlike Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods or The Good Wife, whose ratings have been on … Read More
By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Thursday March 6, 2014 The Tribeca Film Festival continues to roll out its lineup for this year’s 13th edition, which kicks off April 16. Here is the program slates for the Spotlight, Midnight, Special Screenings and Storyscapes sections. The fest’s shorts program will be unveiled Tuesday. Here are today’s films, which include Spotlight spots for Roman Polanksi’s Venus In Fur, the Robin Williams-starrer Boulevard from Dito Montiel, world premieres of films directed by actors Chris Messina and Courteney Cox, and of course the horror comedy Zombeavers: Spotlight 5 to 7, directed and written by Victor Levin. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Young aspiring novelist Brian (Anton Yelchin) meets Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe), the sophisticated wife of a French Diplomat. They soon embark on a “cinq-a-sept” affair that challenges Brian’s traditional American ideas of love and relationships. A cosmopolitan comedy of manners told with surprising warmth and lightness, 5 to 7 marks writer and producer Levin’s (Mad Men) directorial debut, and welcomes actress Marlohe (Skyfall) as a glamorous, ebullient screen presence. With Glenn Close and Frank Langella. About Alex, directed and written by Jesse Zwick. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. A circle of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away to console a suicidal member of their group. … Read More
John Plunkett – The Guardian | Tuesday 4 March 2014 ITV’s murder mystery drama Broadchurch is leading the field in the Royal Television Society Programme Awards nominations with a quartet of nods. With 19 nominations, Channel 4 had more than any other broadcaster in the shortlists published on Tuesday. BBC1 had 12 nominations with seven for BBC2, eclipsed by 10 (across all its channels) for BSkyB. ITV bagged 15 nominations, with four for ITV2. Broadchurch star Olivia Colman was nominated for best actress, alongside her fellow Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker, and Sharon Rooney, for E4’s My Mad Fat Teenage Diary in her first major TV role. Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is nominated for best drama writer (along with Dennis Kelly for Utopia and Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan for Run, both on Channel 4) with the ITV show also in the running for best drama serial, against BBC2’s Top of the Lake and BBC3’s In The Flesh. My Mad Fat Teenage Diary is also up for the best drama series prize, against Channel 4’s Utopia and BBC2’s Peaky Blinders, but there is nothing in either category for BBC2’s Gillian Anderson thriller, The Fall. The best male actor award sees Idris Elba nominated for BBC1’s Luther, alongside … Read More
“The Glades” alum Matt Passmore stars in the 10-episode drama set for a summer premiere, while comedy pilot “Love Is Dead” starring Ben Rappaport will not move forward at the cable network. 3/4/2014 by Lesley Goldberg | The Hollywood Reporter USA Network is continuing to bulk up on original programming, ordering its Sean Jablonski drama to series. The cable network has picked up 10 episodes of the untitled drama starring Matt Passmore (The Glades) for a debut in the summer. The untitled effort revolves around investment banker Neil Truman (Passmore) and his wife, Grace (Stephanie Szostak, The Devil Wears Prada), as they try to sift through their stagnant relationship looking for what they once had. But when Neil discovers that Grace is seeing a male escort and accidentally comes into possession of the escort’s phone, he gains a unique perspective on his life and what motivates women. Meanwhile, Grace contemplates whether her needs are being met and whether her marriage is worth saving. Jablonski — who served as showrunner on the first season of USA’s Suits before exiting ahead of its second run — will write and executive produce the Universal Cable Productions drama alongside Community‘s Russ Krasnoff. Jablonski currently serves as a co-executive producer on ABC’s fall drama Betrayal and developed React at … Read More