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NBC is building its case around Manson with two new castings for recurring roles on the upcoming drama “Aquarius.” MTV's “Awkward” hunk Beau Mirchoff and “All My Children” alum Ambyr Childers join the 1960s drama with “X-Files” star David Duchovny playing Det. Hodiak, an L.A. police sergeant who's tracking the young Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony). Mirchoff will play Rick Zondervan, a fictitious UCLA student who attends a drug party in Laurel Canyon with his girlfriend and run into Charles Manson himself. Also read: ‘Game of Thrones’ Gethin Anthony to Play Charles Manson on NBC's ‘Aquarius’ Represented by Apa, Velocity Entertainment Partners and Ginsburg Daniels, »
- Jethro Nededog
Once upon a time, every new drama that landed on our TV screens was either a hospital or crime-based show. Then came the apocalypse – zombie, or otherwise. These things move in waves, and since Downton Abbey began enjoying runaway success, producers have been commissioning more and more period dramas. We will soon be watching David Duchovny in the Manson-tracking drama Aquarius, and Clive Owen in Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick. The trend looks set to continue, too, with news that Joseph Fiennes will take the role of Nostradamus in a forthcoming episodic production.
The project – which comes from a partnership between Downton Abbey producers Carnival Films and True Detective producers Anonymous Content – will also feature Fiennes as producer. Micahel Boccacino is writing the hour long drama series, which will focus on the infamous visionary as he works toward avenging the murder of his family.
An apothecary and author by trade, »
- Sarah Myles
“We make shows that challenge the medium,” Showtime’s president of programming David Nevins told reporters at the annual Television Critics Assn. press tour, pointing to the success of freshman drama “Penny Dreadful.” “We’ve had this nice pattern of new shows come on and are higher rated than the shows that left.”
Nevins made no apologies for “Shameless” switching categories from drama to comedy, a move that garnered William H. Macy an Emmy nod for best actor in a comedy. “There’s an arbitrariness to all of it,” he said. “Any category you do, I’m going to try to defy it. That’s what we do at Showtime.”
“If you ask Bill Macy, he’s giving a comic performance. That’s how he defines his performance, even though it’s an incredibly dark character. It’s a lively time in television. I consider that a good thing.”
- Debra Birnbaum
Showtime president David Nevins says there's a chance of bringing back Dexter Morgan, the serial killer at the center of “Dexter.” Speaking at a Television Critics Association panel on Friday, he also revealed next season's villain on “Penny Dreadful” and that David Duchovny wanted to die in last month's “Californication” season finale. He also announced a Nov. 21 premiere date for the new Bob Dylan documentary “Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued.” Also read: ‘Homeland’ Gets Return Date – With No Dana Brody He denied speculation — as he did at the last TCA gathering in January — that Showtime insisted Dexter remain »
- Tim Molloy
Up next in the never-ending series of TCA press tour live-blogs? Showtime President David Nevins. Showtime hasn't had an especially controversial or drama-filled year, but we're sure to have lots to discuss including the new season of "Homeland," series development and more. Follow along... 1:45 p.m. David Nevins starts with pre-question updates. Eight of Showtime's nine shows got Emmy nominations. Showtime has 10 shows, but "Penny Dreadful" won't be eligible until next year. He notes that "Penny Dreadful" was the network's most-watched new show on OnDemand and ShowtimeAnytime. As was announced earlier, "Homeland" is back for 12 episodes on October 5. In case you've forgotten, "Homeland" hit ratings highs. 1:48 p.m. October 19 is the premiere date for "The Affair." That'll be paneling later today. It's not quite what I was expecting, which I mean in a good way. On November 1, Showtime will premiere the original doc "Lost Songs: Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes Continues" 1:49 p. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Resolution, the talent agency founded by former ICM leader Jeff Berg, has lost another top agent, according to several sources. Steve Alexander, whose clients include David Duchovny and Sela Ward, exited abruptly this week, following on the heels of recent defections in COO Jeff Franklin and television literary agent Dennis Kim. Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer, whom Berg recruited to Resolution from CAA, departed for Paradigm earlier this year. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Berg did not respond to a request for comment. Alexander is said to be headed to ICM Partners, though neither he nor an ICM spokesperson responded
- Borys Kit
Gaius Charles leaves Grey’s Anatomy for Charles Manson inspired NBC show Aquarius. He has been confirmed to have a re-occurring role in the series. He will play a former gang member who is now a proud member of the 60s Nation of Islam, who also happens to be the former enemy of David Duchovny’s Hodiak. Gethin Anthony from Game of Thrones will play the role of Charles Manson himself. The 16 episode season one will premier either next fall or shortly after.
The show will be an interesting take on the famous cult. We are sure we will see some interesting stories that intertwined or fiction stories that will intertwine with it. David Duchovny and Gaius both have proven themselves as talented actors with great chops. We will now get to see a more bad side of Gaius than we have ever seen from him before.
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- Sarah Peel
The new season of AMC’s Hell on Wheels is almost here — but it doesn’t look like every character is going to live long enough to enjoy it.
Related AMC Renews Hell on Wheels for ‘Super-Sized’ Season 4
TVLine has an exclusive promo for the drama’s upcoming fourth season, premiering Aug. 2 at 9/8c, and the tagline says it all: “Hell ain’t civilized.”
Watch the new trailer below:
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Beautiful and Twisted
Rob Lowe, Candice Bergen and Paz Vega have joined the cast of the Miami-set Lifetime true story telemovie "Beautiful and Twisted". Lowe plays Ben Novack Jr., the millionaire heir to the Fountainebleau Miami Beach hotel fortune who is found brutally murdered.
Police ultimately untangled the sex, lies and payback behind Ben's marriage to his wife and former stripper Narcy (Vega), whom they identify as the prime suspect. Bergen will portray Ben's mother. [Source: The Live Feed]
The story chronicles a race against the clock to defeat an unseen enemy out to destroy the world by using the most unlikely and unsuspecting inhabitants on the planet: the children. Lily Rabe, Milo Ventimiglia, Derek Webster and Kylie Rogers also star. [Source: TV Line]
- Garth Franklin
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Charles, who wrapped up his two-year Grey’s stint in May, will play Bunchy Carter, a former gang-banger who is now a fanatical Nation of Islam adherent whose hatred of the white man is evident. »
NBC's Charles Manson drama is fleshing out its cast. Awake alum Michaela McManus, Justified's David Meunier and The Last Ship's Chris Sheffield have boarded the series starring David Duchovny, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The 13-episode drama Aquarius, created by John McNamara (In Plain Sight), is set in the 1960s and stars Duchovny as Sam Hodiak, a Los Angeles police sergeant investigating a then-unknown Charles Manson. McNamara exec produces alongside Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Alexandra Cunningham, Jonas Pate, Melanie Greene and Duchovny, with Pate on board to direct. Photos Summer TV Preview McManus will recur as Grace, Hodiak's ex-girlfriend and
- Lesley Goldberg
I’m back! It’s been a long time and I apologise for that, moving house turned out to be a far far longer process than I anticipated or had been led to believe. Three weeks turned into six, six weeks turned into three months and now here we are.
Aside from the length of time it takes, moving house was a real eye opener in other areas too. Specifically in terms of how I inform you week on week of all of this wonderful content available to stream and then how you have to put up with lacklustre delivery from various ISPs. I was living in someone else’s house on a connection that was not my own, not wanting to name names but there is one of the big three ISP’s in the UK which boasts about having one of, if not the, fastest broadband delivery on »
- Chris Holt
Take one last ride down the storied California coast when the sultry Showtime original comedy series Californication: The Final Season arrives on DVD August 5 from Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. David Duchovny, in his Golden Globe Award-winning performance, returns as fan-favorite lothario novelist Hank Moody in the final 12 episodes of the seventh season, arriving five weeks after the critically-acclaimed show's broadcast finale on June 29.
When the fast-living Hank left the literary haunts of New York for the pleasure-seeking splendors of La, he thought he'd have fame, fortune and the love of a good woman. Now his personal life is in shambles, his career is on the brink of self-destruction and he still just can't stop yielding to every temptation. The final season of Californication finds the incomparable Hank in the writer's room, as his never-released film Santa Monica Cop now becomes a television series of the same name. »
Episodes: 84 (half-hour)
TV show dates: August 13, 2007 -- June 29, 2014
Series status: Ended
TV show description:
Writer Hank Moody (David Duchovny) was living the life of novels. His happily-ever-after included having authored a successful book, and spending the rest of his life with his lovely girlfriend, Karen (Natascha McElhone), and their daughter, Becca (Madeleine Martin). But stories don't always go as expected and Hank is struggling with the changes in his life.
Ex-girlfriend Karen is now marrying the rich and stable Bill (Damian Young). After Hank's novel was turned into a terrible film, the words that used to come »
Having recently wrapped the final season of Californication (in which she played Hank Moody’s mystery baby-mama), Heather Graham spoke with us about onscreen parenting, the surreal merry-go-round of showbiz life, and quasi-reuniting with fellow Twin Peaks alum David Duchovny.Given your turns in Boogie Nights, Two Girls and a Guy, and so on, where did Californication fall on your career spectrum of racy content?[Laughs] I think my story with David was actually very sweet. The show definitely goes into some racy areas, but my part with David brings out that sweeter side of him as a father, which I found more heartwarming. My character has a very low expectation of what he would be as a dad, and then I’m pleasantly surprised. So even if some critics felt introducing his long-lost son, Levon, was contrived, it really just allowed us to see a new side of Hank.Some »
- Kenny Herzog
Last night, Showtime's Californication rode off into the sunset after seven long seasons. It should surprise nobody that a show called Californication spent much of its time contriving embarrassing sex acts for its characters to perform. What resulted was basically 84 episodes of soft-core porn masquerading as premium cable drama. Thanks, Showtime! Here are 35 of the worst sexual encounters or mishaps that David Duchovny's Hank Moody, Evan Handler's Charlie, and the Californication crew participated in. In the very first scene of the show, Hank receives a blow job from a nun. Hank unwittingly has sex with a 16-year-old, and then decides to write a book based on the experience because he thinks nobody will connect the dots. The book is called Fucking and Punching, so you can guess what the sex was like. Hank pukes on a valuable painting while having sex with someone. Charlie masturbates in his office, »
- Brian Feldman
The sun set on Californication last night, after seven years of drug orgies and actual orgies. And finally, David Duchovny's character – the Bukowskian author Hank Moody, who took part in hilarious Dionysian fetes that would've made even Fellini wince – has gotten the bittersweet ending he deserved.
From his evolution as a well-intentioned screw-up, unwittingly entwined in an affair with a 16-year-old as he tried to win over his baby-mama Karen in Season One, to (spoiler) navigating a relationship with »
After seven seasons of charting the booze-soaked escapades of writer-cum-lothario Hank Moody (David Duchovny in a role he was born to play), Showtime’s Emmy Award-winning series “Californication” comes to its fruitful end, awash in the sunny promises of happily-ever-after and the power of the epistolary proclamation of love.
Hank and Karen are back together. Again. At least for now.
Surrounded by passengers on a plane bound for New York, as it readies for take-off, Hank declares his undying love for the beautiful and neurotic Karen (Natascha McElhone), his heart, his soul mate, the woman with whom he’s been enmeshed in an oft-maddening dance of ‘Will they? /Won’t they?’ since episode one.
“Our time in the sun has been a thing of absolute fucking beauty, »
- Malina Saval
Hey, "Californication" peeps. Unfortunately, we've just got some awful news for you guys. According to TV Guide, your favorite show is now out of commission for ever, and will not be doing a new season 8. Actually, the announcement that season 7 would be the last, took place back in December 2013. There wasn't any particular reason given other than they just felt like it was time for the storyline to wrap up. President of Showtime Entertainment ,David Nevins, had some nice words to say in a statement for the show's departure: "Tom Kapinos has carefully planned the final chapter of Hank's journey and has brought it to a beautiful and satisfying conclusion for new and long-time fans alike. With its unique blend of lyricism and excess, Californication has been one of our groundbreaking signature series. We will always be indebted to Tom Kapinos for leading the creative charge on this memorable comedy, »
Showtime's “Californication” climaxed with its series finale on Sunday after a seven-year buildup. And while David Duchovny might be hanging up his cojones as sexually impulsive writer Hank Moody, fear not — you'll be seeing plenty of the “X-Files” star in the months to come. As the nation settles into the refractory period brought on by the end of “Californication,” TheWrap looks at what's next for its star. Hunting Charlie Manson. Duchovny will return to the small screen with the upcoming series “Aquarius,” which has received a 13-episode order from NBC. In it, Duchovny will play a Los Angeles police sergeant. »
- Tim Kenneally
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