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Good news for the holiday season: Maura Tierney is doing great.
The actress, who had to withdraw from new show Parenthood after a breast cancer diagnosis, is recovering nicely from her treatment and will return to her role in Rescue Me, according to the show’s producer Peter Tolan.
"We are just about finished writing the entire sixth season, which is about 10 episodes, and then there are nine more [for Season 7]”, he told People, “so we know we're going to bring back Maura Tierney, because we loved her and she loved us, which is even more fulfilling. She can take care of herself and come back.” Her episodes are on the shooting schedule for Spring 2010.
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USA has given the go-ahead for a second season of "White Collar."
The hour-long drama's creator Jeff Eastin first broke the news on Twitter.
The series, which posted 5.6 million viewers for its winter finale, centers on Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), a con man who escapes prison to eventually be caught by FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) and work with him to catch other criminals.
The programs, derived from the season recap specials that originally aired on ABC, will include elements not seen before on TV such as DVD extras, behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes and music videos.
This marks the first promotional partnership between ABC and the 101, which has been airing first run episodes of "Friday Night Lights" via a deal with NBC. »
Production on Tierney's latest TV show, Parenthood, was halted in July to allow her to undergo a "medical evaluation" after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She subsequently ruled out a return to Parenthood and left TV bosses to re-cast the role.
But now producers at Tierney's previous TV show, firefighter drama Rescue Me, have revealed they plan to bring the actress back for a role in the upcoming seventh season, which is due to start shooting in 2010.
Executive producer Peter Tolan tells People.com, "We are just about finished writing the entire sixth season, which is about 10 episodes, and then there are nine more, so we know we're going to bring back Maura Tierney, because we loved her and she loved us, which is even more fulfilling. She can take care of herself and come back then."
Tierney's spokesperson adds, "(She) would love to come back to Rescue Me if possible."
The actress appeared in season five of the U.S. drama opposite Denis Leary. »
Maura Tierney, who left TV's Parenthood after having surgery to remove a breast tumor, may be well enough later next year to return to her other show, Rescue Me. At a Hollywood Radio and Television Society luncheon for top show producers on Wednesday, Rescue Me executive producer Peter Tolan told People he was making plans to bring her back for the seventh season. "We are just about finished writing the entire sixth season, which is about 10 episodes, and then there are nine more" for Season 7, he says, "so we know we're going to bring back Maura Tierney, because we loved her and she loved us, »
- Cynthia Wang
While working as a homicide prosecutor in Boston a decade ago, Pam Wechsler was contacted by producers of ABC's Boston-set legal drama "The Practice" for information about her cases. The collaboration inspired her to write specs for "Practice" and "Law & Order."
With the Justice Department, she came to Los Angeles for a grand jury and, when done, ran to the Universal lot to meet with showrunner Walon Green for a new series, NBC's "Law & Order: Trial by Jury."
She was hired as legal consultant and ended her 15-year career as a high-level attorney and a prosecutor for a shot at becoming a writer. But the series was canceled after 13 episodes.
"It's very different from working for the government," she quipped.
Wechsler stuck with TV writing, landing gigs at "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "Canterbury's Law," and now, she is developing her first project, a drama for Lifetime.
The project, from Sony TV and studio-based Apostle, »
- By Nellie Andreeva
After building a formidable series slate based on original ideas, USA Network is eyeing a show based on comedy feature "The Freshman," its first major series development based on an existing property in eight years.
The film centered on a wide-eyed Nyu freshman (Broderick) who unwittingly becomes an errand boy for a Mafia boss (Brando).
USA's "The Dead Zone," was based on Stephen King's novel, but the network has stuck to original premises since establishing its brand as a home to lighter shows built around quirky characters with the 2002 dramedy "Monk." (It adapted Gigi Levangie Grazer's book "The Starter Wife" as a miniseries, which later spawned a short-lived series.)
The lead character in "Freshman »
- By Nellie Andreeva
On top of everything below I recently received the Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-ray and watched a pair of Brooks's films I hadn't seen yet (Twelve Chairs and Silent Movie). The set contains seven more films, all on Blu-ray as well as six all-new featurettes exclusive to Blu-ray (such as, Silent Movie has a trivia track as well as a new 24-minute featurette focusing on silent films and how they inspired the movie). Also included are Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, History of the World - Part I, To Be or Not To Be, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. I will have a full review of the complete set as soon as I can and hopefully before it's released this Tuesday. Stay tuned for that, but for now let's have a look at what else I watched and then hear from you!
Federico Fellini's 8½ (1963) Quick Thoughts: »
- Brad Brevet
Ryan Reynolds joined his friend Michael J. Fox on Saturday night for the annual A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's benefit in NYC. Scarlett Johansson was by Ryan's side for last year's event, but this time Ryan had ladies like Rachael Ray and Julianne Moore keeping him company. Michael was the man of the evening, and he even entertained the crowd on stage with Steven Tyler. Ryan recently earned accolades for his sexy physique, but he also shows his big heart with his support of Parkinson's research. View 25 Photos › To see more photos of the event, just read more. View 25 Photos › Images include: Denis Leary, Michael J. Fox, Steven Tyler, Elvis Costello, Julianne Moore, John McEnroe, Martin Scorsese, Tracy Pollan, Rachael Ray, Bart Freundlich, Ryan Reynolds »
Michael J. Fox proved that he can still rock like Marty McFly during the weekend when he appeared on stage at his annual A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson’s gala at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Saturday.
The gala benefited his Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research, and the evening saw Fox join rockers such as Roger Daltrey, Steven Tyler and Elvis Costello on stage for a jam. The event was emceed by Denis Leary, and guests such as Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Reynolds, Martin Scorsese and Ben Stiller were spotted enjoying the evening.
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease within the decade through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.
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The musicians rocked with the Back to the Future star, who suffers from the disease, at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel for the A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To Cure Parkinson's benefit gig.
Fox was diagnosed with the disease in 1991. »
Repeat nominees are the rule of thumb at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where the eligibility period is the calendar year—rather than the TV season, as is the case with the Emmys. So, new shows are traditionally given short shrift, as they've had only a few months of airtime, compared with the whole 12 of the returning series. But this year may be different, considering breakout shows such as "Modern Family," "The Good Wife," and "Nurse Jackie" have emerged as contenders."This has been an awfully good fall," says USA Today's TV critic Robert Bianco. "And I hope the trend would be that some of the new work from the summer and fall will be recognized this year." In addition to Bianco, Back Stage spoke with TV scribes Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly; Chris Beachum, contributor to TheEnvelope.com; and Barry Garron of The Hollywood Reporter to get their picks. »
Attention children of the '80s: If you haven't already heard, television's Ken Ober died at the age of 52. The cause of death is not yet determined, although his agent noted that Ober "complained of headaches and flu-like symptoms on Saturday night." While he produced shows like Mind of Mencia and The New Adventures of Old Christine, he's probably best known for his time as the host of MTV's '80s quiz show: Remote Control.
Remember it? Three players would get strapped into arm chairs, answer questions about television and film (basically anything that could be found on TV), find food raining down on their heads, and get entertained by the likes of Colin Quinn, Kari Wuhrer, Denis Leary, and Adam Sandler. It was part classic MTV ridiculousness, and part media junky geek party.
In memory of the host and show, I thought I'd take us back in time for »
- Monika Bartyzel
Ober was the host of the series for five seasons on MTV, airing first in 1987. The series helped launched the careers of several notables, including Colin Quinn, Kari Wuhrer, Denis Leary and Adam Sandler. He followed the series as producer of Mind of Mencia for Comedy Central and also as a consulting producer for several episodes of The New Adventures of Old Christine on CBS. Ober got his start as a stand up comedian on Star Search in 1984 where he was named the Comedian Champion.
If you want to get a bit nostalgic with us, come on along with us back to the late 80's... and yes, there may even be an odd comic book tie-in for this episode:
- Glenn Hauman
Ken Ober, who hosted MTV's pop-culture-centric game show Remote Control for five seasons beginning in 1987, was found dead in his home on Sunday, the network reports. The 52-year-old's cause of death has yet to be determined. Ober began his career on Star Search but spent recent years behind the scenes, working in production on comedies like The New Adventures of Old Christine and Mind of Mencia. "Kenny Ober was and always will be the quickest wit in the room," fellow funnyman Denis Leary tells MTV News. "He was fall-down funny from the moment he was born—a smart, fast and hilarious human being who made many of us, including myself, laugh until we cried. As the star and host of Remote »
Ober was found dead at his Santa Monica, California home, aged 52. His cause of death was unknown as WENN went to press.
The actor and former game show host was best known for his presenting duties on MTV show Remote Control from 1987 to 1990.
The game show launched the careers of Sandler and Leary, and they have been quick to pay tribute to their mentor.
Sandler says, "Ken Ober was one of the sharpest, quickest, sweetest guys I ever met. He was always a great friend and I will miss him very much."
And Leary echoed his pal's sentiments, adding, "Kenny Ober was and always will be the quickest wit in the room. As the star and host of Remote Control, he was a welcoming ringmaster who helped to kickstart the careers of numerous talents, including Adam Sandler, Colin Quinn and myself.
"He will be remembered always by each of his friends not only for his massive talent but for his true, deep and enduring friendship."
Ober is survived by his mother, father, stepmother and a brother. »
The idea of a “Gattaca” TV show sounds like a winner when I first heard it, but the idea of turning Andrew Niccol’s perfectly honed world into another generic TV cop show on TV? Aw, man, I don’t know, that sounds, well, generic to me. In any case, Gil Grant, who has been assigned to adapt the movie into a TV show for producer Denis Leary recently talked to MTV about his approach to the show. Grant confirms that Andrew Niccol has nothing to do with the show, will probably have no involvement whatsoever, and for better or worst, Grant plans to introduce a more procedural cop show vibe into “Gattaca”. Grant is no stranger to procedural shows, having worked on the incredibly dull but unfathomably popular “NCIS” shows, as well as the more enjoyable “24″. “I came up with a world which is populated with Valids and Invalids, »
A couple weeks ago, Variety ran a story about what's next for Denis Leary, Jim Serpico and Apostle Films after the hit FX series "Rescue Me" wraps up in 2011. Tucked away at the end of the story was a brief bit about plans to produce a future-set one hour police procedural based on the Andrew Niccol-directed "Gattaca." Writer/producer Gil Grant, whose previous TV credits include "24" and "NCIS: Los Angeles," was named as the scribe, but that was where the news ended.
"Gattaca," released in 1997, didn't explode at the box office. It's attracted quite a following in its home video afterlife however, and deservedly so. You've got Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law starring in a futuristic thriller set in a world divided between Valids -- people who were genetically altered in utero to "reach their full potential" as humans -- and Invalids, or those born through natural means. »
- Adam Rosenberg
Oliver’s Stone’s Natural Born Killers is a movie that, even with its political and social overtones, still stands the test of time. It’s a bravura tour de force motion picture that still pushes the limits of the form to this day. And now, a brand new Uncut Version and Director’s Cut has been released by Warner Home Video, which is sure to delight fans of this controversial motion picture.
An extremely violent satire of modern media that still asks questions 15 years later, the film is a brutal, bloody, surreal and stylized journey along with terrible twosome Mickey and Mallory Knox. Their tri-state killing spree brings questions of the media and its obsession with “celebrity” into focus. Even though this film was created before people like Paris Hilton, or whomever, could be considered a “celebrity” simply by virtue of being on the Internet or videotaping themselves having sex, »
- Chris Ullrich
As Pixar’s catalog expands, it is hard not to get more and more critical of animated films from other studios, as they seemingly become harder and harder to watch. There are a few exceptions. DreamWorks on occasion finds a niche and creates a hit, but most still find themselves in a rut, lacking the sophistication of Pixar and creating titles that play down to their audiences and frankly lack the same visual flair. The original Ice Age (2002) found a nice spot for itself in the animated mix. While it didn’t exactly exceed its competition in any respect, Ice Age had plenty of wit and enough character to carry it successfully. With a unique ensemble cast including Ray Romano, Denis Leary and Queen Latifah, the film told a fun story of unlikely friendships, with good humor in the form of Scrat’s quest for an acorn. But fast forward »
- Bill Jones
I’d never been introduced to the Ice Age films until this most recent outing. Oh sure, I’d heard of them and was mildly interesting in seeing the first one, but for whatever reason I never got to it. The first did receive pretty decent reviews while the second was pretty much reviled by anyone under seven. Fox still thinks there’s an appeal (or they heard the term “Strike!”) and have decided to give us a third entry in the franchise.
And I’m sure the film will play well to kids, as well it should. It’s not exactly a terrible movie, but it’s not without it’s problems either. The biggest one in my opinion stems from how unnatural the actors seem to be at times. A couple of times I felt the actors were talking “at” each other rather than “to” each other. The »
- Philip Barrett
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