16 items from 2015
“James has built his business on two core philosophies that are intrinsic to Wme-Img: a belief in great talent and applying an entrepreneurial approach to representation,” said Wme-Img co-ceo Patrick Whitesell. “We look forward to extending his business even further through the resources Wme-Img has to offer across each of its divisions,” said Wme-Img co-ceo Ari Emanuel.
Dixon is known for his close relationships with the clients that he helped launch to stardom, including the latenight trio of Stewart, Colbert and Kimmel. Other notables on Dixon’s current roster include Carson Daly and Espn’s Bill Simmons. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Sirens returned for a second season on Tuesday, and star Michael Mosley sure hopes you watched! In an exclusive interview with People, Mosley, 36, confided that he was worried he had "the stink" on him following leading roles on such short-lived series as Kidnapped, Kings, Pan Am, Last Resort and the Scrubs pseudo-spinoff. The series, loosely based on the British series of the same name, follows a group of Chicago EMTs. Adapted by Denis Leary and screenwriter Bob Fisher, Sirens is the workplace comedy you might not be watching but absolutely should be. The comedy is as accessible as it is smart, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Tis the season to be glued to your couch as networks unleash mid-season premieres of returning shows — including Shonda Rhimes‘s ABC line up of “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” which returns Thursday, Jan. 28 — and new offerings like AMC’s “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul,” due Sunday, Feb. 8.
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Tuesday, Jan. 27
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- Deborah Day and Alicia Banks
Stars: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Sean Combs, Frank Langella, Sam Elliot, Rosanna Arquette, Terry Crews, Tom Welling, Ellen Burstyn | Written by Scott Rothman, Rajiv Joseph | Directed by Ivan Reitman
Ok, so it’s fair to say I’m not a sports guy. I hated playing sports in high school, I don’t watch sports on TV (well apart from the odd Superbowl on Channel 4 back when I was a teenager) and I certainly would never choose to watch sports over a movie. But what about sports movies? I’m a sucker for them! Of course it helped that I had a parent who loved the feel-good underdog stories that many a sports flick was essentially built around. Thanks to my mum I grew up watching sports movies such as Major League, Lucas, Field of Dreams, Hoosiers, The Mighty Ducks and many more…
But in recent years it »
- Phil Wheat
The torching of the pop star will tape in Los Angeles on a date to be revealed soon
The cable channel’s hilarious president of Content Development & Original Programming, Kent Alterman, already fired the first shot: “Justin has been asking us for a few years to roast him, and we just kept telling him to go create more source material first,” he said. “We’re thrilled he listened.”
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- Tony Maglio
TCA 2015: Additionally, the broadcaster has ordered two new “Masterpiece” dramas and two documentary series on nuclear weapons
PBS has inked a co-production deal with BBC and BBC Worldwide, PBS’s president and CEO Paula A. Kerger announced during Monday’s Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
Additionally, the broadcaster has ordered a new Civil War drama series produced by Ridley Scott (“Gladiator”) and two new “Masterpiece” series. Also, PBS will produce two new documentary specials focusing on nuclear weapons.
Under the BBC pact, the companies plan to produce eight to 10 new specials to begin premiering as early as this summer. »
- Jethro Nededog
TCA 2015: Graham Yost says FX drama won’t bring back old characters as an homage to past seasons
Raylan Givens likely won’t be facing off against his old foes before he hangs up his badge.
With the FX drama “Justified” heading into its final season (which premieres Tuesday), the cast and producers of the show gathered at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Sunday to discuss, among other topics, what viewers can expect during the last go-around.
See photos: The Scene at TCA: Funny, Frank and Flippant Quotes From the 2015 TV Press Tour (Photos)
- Tim Kenneally
TCA 2015: Leary also takes a pot shots at pretentious actors while promoting his upcoming FX show
Denis Leary delivered a profanity-fueled riff to weary journalists limping to the finish line Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
A frequent target of his barbs: PBS, which occupies the final two days of the press tour. “I know, you’ve been here for 14 days? Twelve. And you’ve got two days of fucking PBS coming up, right? So the FX day is your fucking last chance.”
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- Tim Kenneally
Denis Leary delivered his usual rowdy session on Sunday in introducing his new FX comedy, “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” at Sunday’s Television Critics Assn. press tour.
Despite Leary’s salty language and blunt banter (for instance, jabbing PBS for having two days at TCA), the comedian focused the crowd’s attention on the breakout potential of the actress who plays his daughter, Elizabeth Gillies.
Gillies is best known for her starring role on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious,” which means “Sex&Drugs” marks her graduation to adult roles.
“I had to have a girl who could really sing rock ‘n’ roll, and would be willing to sing live on set because I wanted the vocals to be recorded live,” Leary said, adding that his cast of musicians had to be sexy, dramatic, comedic and have the ability to improvise. “I really wanted to capture the vocals live. Any audience at home »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Denis Leary is going to fit in perfectly when it comes to the rock star life. The Rescue Me alum is returning to FX for his new series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, in which he plays a middle-aged former rock star whose career fizzled in a haze of drugs and alcohol. Now, 25 years after he was on top, he’s trying to make a comeback. During TCA’s winter press tour, Leary dropped no less than 50 f-bombs while promoting his new series. Here are some of the highlights: »
- Natalie Abrams
Following his Sunday appearance at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, where he was promoting the new FX/Denis Leary comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, John Corbett confirmed that he had shot a scene for Parenthood‘s very final episode, only to learn it didn’t make the cut.
When it comes to high-quality TV, there’s HBO, there’s FX — and then there’s everybody else.
That was the bold statement delivered Sunday by FX Networks chief John Landgraf at the start of his exec presentation at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
Landgraf said FX researchers tabulated all of the shows that made year-end lists from critics and other orgs of the best television of 2014. By FX’s count, HBO shows accounted for 250 mentions on 115 such lists while FX Networks shows grabbed 213 mentions. AMC (74), Netflix (67) and CBS (63) rounded out the top five among networks.
Landgraf’s presentation was complete with a bar chart and a pie chart to underscore the gap between HBO and FX and the rest of the field. But more than anything else, it reinforced the competitive drive of Landgraf and his team to be acknowledged as best-in-class in TV and »
- Cynthia Littleton
FX Networks has an aggressive plan to expand its comedy biz in 2015. This year the cabler will launch two series that aim to follow the lead of critically-hailed game changer “Louie,” and Fox’s flagship cabler will take bigger steps to differentiate the branding between comedies on the mothership channel and its Fxx offspring.
The latter half of that strategy began in earnest this week with the debut of “Man Seeking Woman,” a surrealist look at the dating lives of a group of twentysomethings starring Jay Baruchel (“This Is the End”) and executive produced by Lorne Michaels. The half-hour follows Fxx flagship series “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” a cult favorite that is now entering its tenth season as a remarkably steady ratings performer.
The wacky narcissists on “Sunny” find themselves arrested for arson one week and hooked on crack the next, while when Baruchel says he’s dating »
- Geoff Berkshire
The hit comedy series Sirens, which comes from Denis Leary and Bob Fisher, returns to USA Network for its second season on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 10 p.m. One of the show’s stars, Michael Mosley, who plays Chicago paramedic Johnny Farrell spoke with TVOvermind about Sirens Season 2, what he’s most excited for fans to see in the new season, and his role in the upcoming film Don’t Mess With Texas, which stars Reese Witherspoon and Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara. Thanks for taking the time to speak with us, Michael. In the Sirens Season 1 finale, Johnny proposes to Theresa, and even though they don’t end up getting married, they decide to move in together. How will their relationship continue to develop in Season 2? They do. They end moving in together, and what they find is that they get bored with each other…So they have to find different ways to spice… »
- Chris King
Every year, TV networks trot out a raft of new offerings to compete for viewers’ eyeballs — an increasingly difficult task, given the ever-growing number of options available to the public. But even in what some have dubbed the new Golden Age of Television, there are bound to be some shows that are less deserving of your time than others.
In 2015, the viewing public will be faced with choices that include, not one, but two new shows from “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan; an update on iconic sitcom “The Odd Couple;” and a comedy starring “Saturday Night Live” alum Will Forte »
- Wrap TV Team
Expect to see ‘Spider-Man’ on the Oscars death roll call.
It’s been a strange 2014, one full of computer hacks (revealing what both celebrities and Sony look like underneath their clothes) and annoyingly-titled franchise reboots (looking at you, Genisys).
As a New Year’s treat, here are the Worst 5 stories as reported on the Movie Newsgasm from 2014. Enjoy…or, more appropiately, watch through your fingers whilst angirly shouting Stop Ruining Spider-man.
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- Oli Davis
16 items from 2015
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