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Aztec empire drama coming to HBO from Martin Scorsese, Benicio Del Toro

18 November 2014 8:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

While everyone is busy labeling Marco Polo as Netflix’s answer to Game of Thrones, HBO is looking for their own new project big enough and worthy enough of inspiring copycats, and they may have found it with a new series now in development from Executive Producers Martin Scorsese and Benicio Del Toro.

Deadline reported Tuesday that Cortes, created by Chris Gerolmo (Mississippi Burning), is a high profile drama about Hernán Cortés, the Spanish conquistador who came to the Aztec empire and eventually brought it to ruin, claiming Mexico for Spain in the process. Here’s Deadline’s full plot summary:

Cortes will tell the sweeping story of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who brought down the Aztec empire; Malinche, the Mayan girl who helped him do it; and Montezuma, the Aztec leader he befriended and finally put in chains.

Deadline has Scorsese billed as both a producer and director, and »

- Brian Welk

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The Producers Guild of America Announces Date For 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards

13 November 2014 5:28 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced Saturday, January 23, 2016 as the date for its 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards, which will be presented at the landmark Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles. The 2016 date marks the second consecutive year the Guild will have hosted the awards at the historic location, as the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards are already set for early next year on January 24, 2015.

Last year 12 Years A Slave and Gravity took home top honors becoming the first ever tie in PGA history.

“Every year at the Producers Guild Awards, we strive to honor all of our industry’s hardworking producers and seat as many members and guests as possible. We are thrilled to establish a continuing relationship with the Century Plaza, which has the quality, services, facilities and most importantly — space — to accommodate our rapidly growing membership,” said Vance Van Petten, National Executive Director of the PGA. »

- Michelle McCue

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PGA to honour Mark Gordon

22 September 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Producers Guild Of America will present Mark Gordon with the 2015 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 24, 2015.

Gordon’s credits include Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Army Wives and Ray Donovan.

“Rarely do we come across an entertainment powerhouse who not only raises the bar for the standard of television, but changes the landscape of the industry altogether,” said Producers Guild Awards co-chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy.

The 2014 recipient of the Norman Lear Award was Chuck Lorre and previous recipients include J J Abrams, Don Mischer, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, Garry K Marshall, Aaron Spelling, Steven Bochco, David E Kelley and Mark Burnett. »

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Producers Guild’s Norman Lear Award Goes to Mark Gordon

22 September 2014 10:21 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mark Gordon will receive the 2015 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television from the Producers Guild of America at ceremonies Jan. 24.

In a statement Monday, PGA awards co-chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy said, “Rarely do we come across an entertainment powerhouse who not only raises the bar for the standard of television, but changes the landscape of the industry altogether. Mark Gordon is that powerhouse, whose vision has brought us some of the most essential television shows of our time, such as ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’  ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Army Wives’ and ‘Ray Donovan.’ Through Mark’s abiding passion for storytelling and his profound impact on contemporary television, he truly lives up to this award’s namesake. We are so pleased to honor him this year with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.”

The 26th annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. »

- Tim Gray

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Murder in the First: Season Two for TNT Crime Drama

12 September 2014 4:12 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

TNT has renewed their Murder in the First TV show for a second season of 10 episodes. The first season averaged 2.84 million viewers with a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

Created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, the first season of Murder in the First follows a pair of San Francisco homicide detectives -- Terry English (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) -- as they investigate murders that are connected to Silicon Valley wunderkind Erich Blunt (Tom Felton). Others in the cast include Mimi Kirkland, Raphael Sbarge, Ian Anthony Dale, Bess Rous, Nicole Ari Parker, and Steven Weber.

Here are the renewal details:

TNT Books Second Season of "Murder in the First"

Powerful Crime-Drama Ranked as One of Basic Cable's Top 10 Summer Series

TNT has ordered a second season of its powerful »

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TNT Books Second Season of 'Murder in the First'

12 September 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Another season's worth of work and paychecks for Taye Diggs, as TNT has ordered a second season of its scripted detective drama series "Murder in the First," from Steven Bochco, which Kathleen Robertson co-stars in. The series premiered on June 9, at 10/9c. Tom FeltonMimi KirklandRaphael SbargeIan Anthony DaleBess Rous and Steven Weber round out the cast. TNT initially ordered 10 episodes of the San Francisco-set detective drama, which is being produced by TNT Originals, and has ordered a 10-episode second season. Over the summer, "Murder in the First" took viewers deep inside a complex homicide »

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TNT Books Second Season of 'Murder in the First.' Your Thoughts on Season 1?

12 September 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Another season's worth of work and paychecks for Taye Diggs, as TNT has ordered a second season of its scripted detective drama series "Murder in the First," from Steven Bochco, which Kathleen Robertson co-stars in. The series premiered on June 9, at 10/9c. Tom FeltonMimi KirklandRaphael SbargeIan Anthony DaleBess Rous and Steven Weber round out the cast. TNT initially ordered 10 episodes of the San Francisco-set detective drama, which is being produced by TNT Originals, and has ordered a 10-episode second season. Over the summer, "Murder in the First" took viewers deep inside a complex homicide »

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TNT Renews ‘Murder in the First’ for Season 2

12 September 2014 10:02 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TNT has renewed crime drama “Murder in the First” for a second season.

The first season of the series from TV vet Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal starred Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson and followed two seemingly unrelated San Francisco murder cases over the course of a 10-episode season.

Murder in the First,” which Variety’s Brian Lowry called “crisp and watchable,” averaged 9.2 million viewers in its first season through live viewing, DVR playback, set-top VOD and digital on-demand.

The series is produced by TNT Originals, with Bochco and Lodal serving as EPs.

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- Kevin Noonan

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TNT Renews 'Murder in the First'

12 September 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TNT is heading back to trial with Murder in the First. The summer drama has been renewed for an additional 10-episode season. Ordering more of the Steven Bochco-produced serial is another vote of confidence in what proved to be a pretty solid summer for the cable network. Michael Bay's Last Ship received an early greenlight for a sophomore run — and though the word is still out on Howard Gordon-produced Legends, it only debuted recently and enjoyed strong premiere ratings. Murder in the First wasn't a lock for a renewal — hence the delay; it last aired

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- Michael O'Connell

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Michael Wright to Exit Turner Broadcasting

28 August 2014 3:44 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Michael Wright, the president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), has decided to leave the company.

Wright was in the running to replace Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin, who departed in April, but pulled himself out of consideration and has since been pursuing other opportunities.

A source confirms he will be staying on at Turner while the search continues. Former Fox head Kevin Reilly is said to be in the running.

Wright’s exit comes during a time of turmoil at the company, which is facing headcount cuts. Earlier this week, Turner Broadcasting announced a voluntary buyout program for 6% of its U.S.-based employees.

TNT was the most-watched cable network this summer. It also had four of basic cable’s top 20 original series in adults 18-49 (“The Last Ship,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Falling Skies” and “Major Crimes”) — more than any other network and »

- Debra Birnbaum

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‘Homeland’ Co-Creator Howard Gordon Looks Back on ‘Wizard of Elm Street’s’ 1986 Sale

8 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Howard Gordon has built a career producing suspenseful shows — “24,” “Homeland” and now “Legends.” Back in 1986, though, the biggest suspense was where his next paycheck would come from. He and writing partner Alex Gansa had moved to Los Angeles from the East Coast, and were shopping spec scripts. When they finally made a sale to the producers of “Wizard of Elm Street,” Gordon earned his first ink in Variety.

What do you remember about that mention?

It’s like losing your virginity. That was in the day when you could actually be a freelance writer. You’d schlep story ideas from show to show like Willy Loman. Alex and I went to those guys at the “Wizard of Elm Street” and pitched three ideas. The character carried around this huge carpet bag — I guess it was an early version of Kiefer’s man-purse on “24.” We went to a prop store and bought a carpet bag. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Murder in the First: Season One Ratings

16 July 2014 11:57 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

TNT has had mixed results with their crime dramas. How will Murder in the First do in the ratings? Will this new show be renewed for a second season or will it be cancelled instead? Stay tuned to find out.

Created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, Murder in the First follows a pair of San Francisco homicide detectives -- Terry English (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) -- as they investigate murders that are connected to Silicon Valley wunderkind Erich Blunt (Tom Felton). Others in the cast include Mimi Kirkland, Raphael Sbarge, Ian Anthony Dale, Bess Rous, Nicole Ari Parker, and Steven Weber.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available. »

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Murder in the First

10 June 2014 8:33 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: TNT

Episodes: Ongoing (hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: June 9, 2014 -- Tbd

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Taye Diggs, Kathleen Robertson, Tom Felton, Mimi Kirkland, Raphael Sbarge, Ian Anthony Dale, Bess Rous, Nicole Ari Parker, and Steven Weber.

TV show description:

Created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, this crime series follows a pair of San Francisco homicide detectives. Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) is a single mother to inquisitive six-year-old Louise (Mimi Kirkland). In addition to work, Terry English (Taye Diggs) struggles to take care of his terminally ill wife.

English and Mulligan work with District Attorney Sonia Perez (Nicole Ari Parker), Inspector David Molk (Raphael Sbarge), and Lieutenant Jim Koto (Ian Anthony Dale), the squad's no-nonsense supervisor.

The series begins as English and Mulligan are »

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TNT’s ‘Murder in the First’ Opens Ok, ‘Major Crimes’ Returns Up on Monday

10 June 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Steven Bochco’s crime drama “Murder in the First” opened to decent numbers on Monday night for TNT, as the net’s ambitious summer season got underway. “Murder” enjoyed a nice lead-in from vet “Major Crimes,” which was up vs. its year-ago bow.

According to Nielsen estimates, the serialized series premiered to a 0.64 rating in adults 18-49 (808,000 viewers in this age range), a 0.88 in adults 25-54 (roughly 1.4 million) and about 3.8 million viewers overall. In 18-49, this is on par with the June 2013 premiere of “King & Maxwell,” which did not make it past a first season, but puts the show among the top 10 basic-cable series premieres of the calendar year in demos.

In total viewers, “Murder,” which follows the solving of one murder case and stars Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson as detectives, came in higher than “King & Maxwell” (3.52 million) and is the most-watched premiere on cable in 2014.

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Steven Bochco's ‘Murder in the First’ Draws Solid Ratings With Premiere

10 June 2014 12:05 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The series premiere of Steven Bochco's “Murder in the First” did fairly killer business for TNT on Monday night, drawing a total of 4.9 million viewers across two plays to give the network its biggest series launch in two years. Meanwhile,the season premiere of “Major Crimes” drew 6.7 million total viewers across two plays, improving marginally over last year's season premiere. See video: Michael Bay's ‘The Last Ship’ Is the Last Hope for Humanity in New TNT Trailer With its initial 10 p.m. broadcast, “Murder in the First” nabbed 3.8 million total viewers, which made it the top basic-cable series launch. »

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TNT’s ‘Major Crimes’ Inches Up In Return, ‘Murder In The First’ Premiere Ok

10 June 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

TNT kicked off its summer original lineup last night with the third season premiere of Major Crimes and the series debut of Steven Bochco’s new crime drama Murder In The First. At 9 Pm, The Closer spinoff Major Crimes drew 5.2 million total viewers, 1.2 million adults 18-49 and 2 million adults 25-54. That was up 3%, 1% and 6%, respectively, from its Season 2 opener. Murder In The First, whose entire season follows the solving of one case, followed at 10 Pm with 3.8 million total viewers, 808,000 adults 18-49 and 1.4 million adults 25-54. That was in line with the series premiere of King & Maxwell (3.5 million, 825,000 and 1 million), which followed the Season 2 opener of Major Crimes last year. The P.I. drama was not renewed for a second season. In total viewers, Major Crimes ranks as the No. 1 scripted season premiere year-to-date; Murder In The First as the No. 1 new series launch on basic cable so far this year. »

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TV Ratings: TNT Gets Much-Needed Hit With 'Murder in the First'

10 June 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TNT can breath a sigh of relief on Tuesday. Kicking off its summer scripted block on Monday night, the cable network now boasts its biggest series premiere in two years with the debut of Murder in the First. Following an exceptionally strong lead-in from flagship Major Crimes (5.2 million viewers), the Steven Bochco drama opened as cable's top series launch of 2014 with 3.8 million viewers during its inaugural telecast. (With two telecasts apiece, Major Crimes pulled a total 6.7 million viewers with Murder in the First nabbing 3.8 million.) It's exceptionally good news

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Murder In The First TV Review – TNT

10 June 2014 7:12 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

TNT gives us another entry in the long arc murder mystery with Murder in the First (a random title, by the way), which focuses on two detectives and the dot com stereotype who is too close to a couple of murders. Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) and Terry English (Taye Diggs) stumble onto a case that seems very simple, but soon leads them to tech genius Erich Blunt (Tom Felton). If the show has a gimmick, it’s the depth to which we are exposed to the lives of Hildy and Terry. We enter our little world as Terry is trying to come to grips with the idea that his wife is going to succumb to the cancer she’s been fighting, and Hildy… well, she has her own problems, but mainly we just follow along as she tries to balance her life.

On the other hand, the gimmick could also »

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'Murder in the First': Not just another cop show

9 June 2014 8:01 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Creating a worthwhile new cop show is tough. At this point, we’ve seen just about every possible variation within the genre, from comedies to reality shows, and every dramatic procedural in between. Plus, two of the biggest cop shows are still in rotation: Law & Order: Svu clearly knows the formula for success, and then there’s the buzzed-about True Detective, which recently raised the bar for just about every detective show from this point forward. So what do you do when everything’s been done and been done well? Spoiler: Murder in the First might have just done it. »

- Samantha Highfill

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Networks Books Unprecedented Amount of Scripted Series for Summer

9 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It wasn’t that long ago that the Big Four networks put out the Gone Fishin’ sign at season’s end, filling summer with reruns of their comedies and dramas.

But in the DVR era, people have largely stopped watching repeats — of both current network shows and off-net syndicated series on cable — and networks of all stripes have stepped up their output of originals to keep ratings from tumbling.

If 40 is the new 30, and orange can be the new black, why can’t summer be the new September? It certainly feels like it, because there will be a smorgasbord of scripted series rolling out the next couple of months.

A Variety analysis of summer schedules found that in the two-month period from May 20 to July 20, an unprecedented 29 scripted series are premiering across a total of 14 broadcast and cable networks — comparable to the 27 scripted series that bowed (mostly on the broadcast »

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