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Everwood premiered on in 2002, and ran for four seasons, before being cancelled by The WB in 2006, as it was merging with Upn to form The CW. Created by Greg Berlanti, this family drama set in fictional Everwood, Colorado, featured widowed Manhattan neurosurgeon, Dr. Andrew Brown (Treat Williams). In the wake of his wife's death, Brown moves his children Ephram (Gregory Smith) and Delia (Vivien Cardone) to the small town.The two-part series finale, "Foreverwood," aired on June 5, 2006. Everwood also starred: Emily VanCamp, Debra Mooney, John Beasley, Chris Pratt, Tom Amandes, Stephanie Niznik, Merrilyn Gann, Scott Wolf, Sarah Drew, Jan Broberg, Sarah Lancaster, Marcia Cross, Justin Baldoni, and Whitney Lee.After the jump, find out what Berlanti, Ep Rina Mimoun, and the stars have to say about Everwood's cancellation. Read More… »
Hallmark Channel doesn't produce many original drama series but that doesn't mean that those few shows are safe from being cancelled. The channel has now introduced Chesapeake Shores, a small-town drama that may remind some viewers of the Cedar Cove TV series (which was cancelled last fall, after three seasons). Will this new series succeed? Will Chesapeake Shores be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.A multi-generational family drama, Chesapeake Shores follows a high-powered career woman, divorcee and mother of twin daughters. She makes a trip from New York City to her hometown and comes face to face with her past. It may finally be time for her to mend her fences with her family and put the past to rest. At the same time, she may get a chance to revive her long-lost true love. The cast includes Meghan Ory, Jesse Metcalfe, Treat Williams, »
Will there be a second season of Chesapeake Shores? Recently, showrunner John Tinker spoke with My Devotional Thoughts about the future of the Hallmark series.Based on the novels by Sherryl Woods, the drama "follows Abby O’Brien (Meghan Ory), a high-powered career woman, divorcee and mother to twin daughters, who makes a trip from New York City to her hometown of Chesapeake Shores." The cast also includes Jesse Metcalfe, Treat Williams, and Diane Ladd. Season one just premiered on August 14th.Read More… »
Lise Romanoff, managing director/CEO of Vision Films, said, “Our distribution agreement will be instrumental in the growth of our home entertainment division, further ensuring our role as one of the premier providers of independent films in the marketplace.”
The first title covered by the alliance is political satire “The Congressman,” which will be released first by RedBox on Aug. 9 and then by Sphe. The film is directed by Jared Martin and former congressman Robert Mrazek, and stars Treat Williams, George Hamilton, Elizabeth Marvel and Ryan Merriman in a story of sabotage, media manipulation and patriotism.
Mrazek served five terms as a Democratic congressman from New York between 1983 and 1993.
- Dave McNary
“The Congressman” follows Charlie Winship (Treat Williams), a seasoned Maine Congressman who has grown disillusioned with the political system, especially the special interest lobbyists and internal infighting. But when a video of him failing to rise for the pledge of allegiance surfaces on the Internet, Charlie is thrown into a public firestorm and is subjected to harsh criticism about his character and values. Along with that, Charlie contends with a conniving lobbyist (George Hamilton), an advisor with secrets of his own (Ryan Merriman), and a divorce from his wife (Jayne Atkinson). But despite his fears of irrelevancy, he finds hope in a small coastal village and the town’s librarian (Elizabeth Marvel), and fights for their rights when they’re under attack by a powerful fishing conglomerate. Can Charlie stand up to the special interest groups and believe in the American Dream once again? Watch an exclusive clip below featuring »
- Vikram Murthi
[caption id="attachment_48989" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Chesapeake Shores TV show on Hallmark Channel, starring Jesse Metcalfe and Meghan Ory. Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Marcel Williams.[/caption]
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Robert Mrazek represented a Long Island, N.Y., congressional district for a decade before retiring from the House of Representatives in 1993. He was just 48.
His new career has included writing novels and his recent debut as co-director of “The Congressman,” in which Treat Williams plays a congressman engulfed in a media-driven controversy over his failure to cite the Pledge of Allegiance every day on the House floor. A work trip to a remote island off the coast of Maine gives him an escape and a new outlook on his life and career.
Mrazek wrote the script, which has elements of his own life. For instance, he has owned a retreat on the remote Maine island of Monhegan for 30 years.
“The contrast between the culture in Washington today, with the partisanship, the inability to work together, and the culture on this island, where there are about 75 people who live there year round, »
- Ted Johnson
Toxic partisan rancor over the Supreme Court – and Republicans’ current refusal to even consider a nominee – provides a beyond-timely backdrop to “Confirmation,” HBO’s sober, dutiful account of Justice Clarence Thomas’ extraordinary hearings amid allegations of sexual harassment. And while the focus will inevitably be on Anita Hill and Thomas, the central players in that drama, this spare retelling offers greater insight into the cluelessness of the white male senators determining his professional fate than of the “He said, she said” divide.
Meticulously produced, cast to the hilt and boasting powerful performances by Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce in the lead roles, “Confirmation” portrays Hill as a woman dragged reluctantly into the spotlight, only to be subjected to character assassination and second-guessing as Thomas’ Republican supporters seek to salvage his nomination. At the same time, Pierce projects a sense of hurt and betrayal as Thomas – a black conservative put through »
- Brian Lowry
This fascinating look at the world of the flying trapeze centers on one of the greatest acts in circus history, The Flying Gaonas. First performing on a trampoline, the Gaonas went on to become a star attraction for the best circuses in the world, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
"The Flight Fantastic" opens April 1st a the Cinema Village in New York.
Having left the center ring, we see The Flying Gaonoas pass the torch through teaching and coaching to new generations. When Tito decided to retire from the circus he did not retire from the trapeze and set up programs at Club Med and Camp Care for children with cancer. When the next big circus act, the Vasquez Family, succeeded theirs, Tito’s comment about them was “I’m just glad they’re Mexican like us”.
You will love the circus spirit of this documentary. And the love that went into creating it is a charisma to the trapeze artists themselves.
Sports Illustrated has said, "Tito Gaona may be the finest athlete in the world...whenever circus people gather to speak of the best acrobats of all time he will be mentioned; some will even say that Tito Gaona was the best ever."
Director Tom Moore, a long-time Broadway Director (and trapeze flyer), brings their story to life through interviews with family members and colorful archival material. The Gaonas light up the screen with their blazing charisma, a quality that is undiminished in their "second act".
Your career on Broadway and in television is so vast and varied, what inspired you to make this documentary?
I feel I’ve been very fortunate in my career and life in that I’ve had an opportunity to do so many things. A good many successful, and even more a great experience. But like many people in the arts I’m always looking for a new adventure and a new way of work.
Mike Nichols was once asked, what do you enjoy doing most plays or films, and he replied “Whatever I haven’t done last.” Well, documentary was a form I had never had a chance to direct, and because of my passion for the trapeze, and my passion for film, it allowed me to combine my skills to tell a story I felt had to be told.
Do your past productions on B’way and in TV share anything in common with “Flight Fantastic”?
First and foremost, all of my productions whether on B’way or TV or film hopefully tell an interesting and intriguing story with compelling characters, with a lot of excitement and drama thrown in for good measure. As a director, there is also probably a certain style and sense of theatrics that hopefully helps tell the story and progress the plot.
You say you also work out on the trapeze? How did that come about?
What led to trapeze also led to making this documentary. In retrospect, it all seems like a through line from the first time I took hold of the trapeze bar and “flew,” to making this film called “The Flight Fantastic.”
I had been entranced as a child with the circus, but more particularly the flying trapeze and I no doubt fantasized about being a trapeze star. As my life and career went on of course, that faded into childhood and the past. But one year, feeling I had been doing too much of the same thing for way too long, I began looking for a new adventure. Well, I discovered the Flying Trapeze, and a childhood memory was brought to life when I had a chance to learn to “fly” with Richie Gaona at the Gaona Trapeze Workshop.
As Sam Keene, a wonderful writer on the trapeze world said. “Sometimes a childhood fantasy that you never dared to dream, holds the key to renewal.” And that is exactly what it did for me. It gave me a new sense of exhilaration which led to better work and better life. As I continued to practice it as a sport, I also got to know Richie and the whole Gaona family. These were some of the greatest athletes who ever lived, and absolutely one of the “greatest flying acts in the history of the circus,” and outside the circus world,, most no longer knew who they were. I felt I had the skills to right that wrong, and the result is “The Flight Fantastic.”
What other involvements do you have with the Gaona family?
The Gaona famly is quite the amazing group of individuals, charismatic and compelling, and I have gotten to know them deeply over the years, and have become almost a surrogate, though very wasp Gaona. I have a photo where Richie photoshopped me, wearing a matching trapeze robe, into one of their iconic press photos, and it looks like Victor, the patriarch is looking at me saying something like “Who let the blonde guy in???”
I’m very fond of all of them, and all of them, by the way, are very unique and different from each other, but the one I love the most was the matriarch Teresa (Mama Terre) Gaona. Had she been alive, she would have been one of the stars of this film. I am quite sure the warmth of this family came directly from her care. People were drawn to her everywhere, and being around her made for a “happy” time. There were four children that became performers on the trampoline and trapeze, but there are 3 others that had different careers altogether. One of the narrators of this film is Jose, often called “The Walking Gaona.”
Who do you see as your audience?
We knew that the film would have a core audience of those who love the circus and the aerial arts (and it has brought many to the film) but Tff seems to reach many others because of the warmth of the family, the closeness of the family, and the family’s ability to work together to build something (as Paul Binder, founder of the Big Apple Circus says) “magnificent.” It seems to reach old and young alike for many different reasons. The ringmaster at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus used to say: “Ladies and Gentlemen, and Children of All Ages…..”
Something happens when an audience sees this film in a theatre. (And this was a surprise to me when I first saw it on a big screen). It seems to unite them in a shared sense of hope and joy. It seems to rejuvenate and inspire. At all of our screenings in many different places, the reactions have been the same and it has been very exciting.
Tell us about Camp Care
Camp Care (a camp for children coping with cancer) is located on Lake Lure in North Carolina, and it was actually our first shoot for the documentary. It was knowing that Richie and Armando Gaona were going there to coach, teach, and support, that got me off of the theoretical idea and into the practical of making the movie. Within a couple of days, I had gotten our equipment, and a few people together to help, and off we went.
I can safely say that I don’t think I have ever been in a more inspirational, supportive and caring environment. Many of these kids had just gotten out of a hospital room to come to camp which is held for one week every year, and their joy in being there was palpable. That they never complained, and that they worked through fear to go up on that trapeze to achieve their goal was impressive at every turn. And it wasn’t just the kids, as I was also very impressed with the counselors, many who arranged their year of study or work just to be available at Camp Care for these children, some of whom had been coming to the camp for years. I have so much film of this camp, as I just couldn’t stop filming, as around every corner and every group of children, there was something remarkable. I could have stopped right there and made a documentary about this magical place alone. I look forward to going back there again some day as I remember it and everyone there with great fondness.
In the days when the circus was one of the most important events of the year and when audiences went to see their favorite performers each and every season, The Flying Gaonas were Big Top royalty. Often called the "First Family of the Air", The Flying Gaonas are a 4th generation Mexican circus family. They began their careers on the trampoline, but quickly took to the air.
From the beginning, Tito Gaona always knew he wanted to be a trapeze artist and used to fly with any trapeze act that came to the circus, starting at the age of 10. And after seeing the Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis movie “Trapeze”, Tito convinced his father, Victor - a legend in his own right- and siblings to develop a trapeze act, making their debut at the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers circus. It took only a couple of years for them to become one of great acts of the circus, and in their time they were the headliners in circuses around the world. Most notably, they performed for 17 years with Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey, The Big Apple and the legendary European circuses. For this, The Flying Gaonas won the circus world's highest award, The Golden Clown, at the international circus festival at Monte Carlo - the Oscars of the circus world.
The charismatic and very handsome Tito was the center of the act and one of the foremost innovators in the world of trapeze. People would come again and again to see him perform, and often he would have arenas of 40,000 people chanting and clapping: “Tito, Tito, Tito! It is said that Tito communicated with an audience as if he or she was a very personal friend, and he could mesmerize 25,000 or 40,000 people at a time.
When the Gaonas were in residence at Madison Square Garden with the Ringling show, the flying act was covered by all the major media in the city, each and every year. NBC news called him “arguably the greatest athlete in the world today.”
It is said that their skill came from their father,Victor and that their warmth and generosity came from their mother, Teresa. “The Flight Fantastic” is dedicated to her memory.
“The Flight Fantastic “is Tom Moore’s first documentary feature, although he has had a long career in theatre, film, and television fiction. He directed the film of “Night Mother” with Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft, following his direction of the Broadway production with Kathy Bates, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and for which he received his second Tony nomination
In the theatre, Mr. Moore is best known as the director of the original production of “Grease”, which ran for eight years and is one of the longest running shows in the history of Broadway. Over the years, this production introduced John Travolta, Richard Gere, Patrick Swayzee, Peter Gallagher, Treat Williams, Barry Bostwick, Marilu Henner, Adrienne Barbeau, and countless others.
His first directorial Tony nomination was for the direction of the Big Band Musical “Over Here!”, which brought the Andrews Sisters out of retirement. Other Broadway productions include the critically-embraced revival of “Once in a Lifetime” (with John Lithgow, Deborah May, Treat Williams, and Jayne Meadows) at the Circle-in-the Square, “Division Street”, “The Octette Bridge Club”, “A Little Hotel On The Side” with Tony Randall and Lynn Redgrave, and the short-lived, but legendary
“Frankenstein” at the Palace Theatre.
His most recent Broadway production was “Moon Over Buffalo” with Carol Burnett.
On television, he directed Disney’s first original musical for television, “Geppetto”, starring Drew Carey and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. He has helmed episodes of “ER” (Emmy nomination), “Mad About You” (Emmy nomination), “L.A. Law” (Emmy nomination), “Cheers”, “Ally McBeal”, “Gilmore Girls”,”Thirtysomething”, “Cybil” and many others.
He was a fellow at the American Film Institute, and he holds a B.A. from Purdue University and an M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Drama. He was also awarded the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, by Purdue University.
As an avocation, Mr. Moore is actively involved with the Circus Arts, and spends as much time as possible on the flying trapeze. »
- Sydney Levine
Veteran TV writer John Tinker is set as showrunner for Hallmark Channel’s upcoming summer drama series Chesapeake Shores. Based on Sherryl Woods’ novels, Chesapeake Shores is a multi-generational family drama starring Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives), Meghan Ory (Once Upon A Time), Treat Williams (Everwood) and Diane Ladd (Wild At Heart). It follows Abby O'Brien (Ory), a high-powered career woman, divorcee and mother to twin daughters, who makes a trip from New York… »
Delia Brown, is that you? Everwood star Vivien Cardone returned to TV screens in "Star-Struck Victims," the Wednesday, Feb. 24 episode of Law & Order: Svu. Viewers first met Cardone in A Beautiful Mind when she played Marcee in 2001. She went on from there to Everwood, which ran from 2002-2006. On the WB series, she played Delia Brown, the daughter of Andy (Treat Williams) and sister to Ephram (Gregory Smith) for 89 episodes. After Everwood ended, she appeared in 2008's All Roads Lead Home, did an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2010 and in 2011 was part of One Life to Live. On Svu, Cardone played Kristi Cryer, a vlogger who accuses a famous TV star (Craig Bierko) and the »
It's unclear who Kinnaman is playing, but he joins season four newcomers including Neve Campbell and Colm Feore. This marks Kinnaman's first TV role since The Killing ended two years ago. [Source: The Live Feed]
Dennis Quaid, Michelle Fairley ("Game of Thrones"), Ken Stott ("The Lord of the Rings"), Robert Sheehan ("Misfits") and Parminder Nagra ("The Blacklist") have joined the cast of Pivot and Sky Atlantic's Arctic Circle mystery drama "Fortitude" for its second season.
The gang joins returning cast members Sofie Grabol, Richard Dormer, Luke Treadaway, Sienna Guillory, Darren Boyd, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson, and Mia Jexen. In the film, a fresh murder rocks the community and plunges it into turmoil. [Source: The Live Feed]
Disney Xd has given a series order to the live-action sci-fi comedy series »
- Garth Franklin
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