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NBC's semi-successful summer lineup has now become a core part of its winter/spring schedule, with "The Night Shift" and "Undateable" joining a crowded mid-season roster that will include "Allegiance," "The Slap," "A.D.," the return of "The Blacklist," and more. Earlier this month, NBC announced the first part of its mid-season plan with the compressed final season of "Parks and Recreation,"(*) which will be concluding before half of NBC's other mid-season shows even get to premiere. This is the same "drama-heavy mid-season schedule" that was the reason NBC opted to sell Tina Fey's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" to Netflix, rather than try to squeeze it in here. Not counting "Parks" (which, again, NBC considers old business being dealt with as quickly as possible), the network will bring eight shows off the bench in February, March and April, and all but two ("Undateable" and the new "One Big Happy") are dramatic. »
- Alan Sepinwall
NBC’s midseason plan features a mix of shows familiar and new.
The Peacock network has announced that two of its summertime sleeper successes, the hospital drama The Night Shift and the relationship comedy Undateable, will return at midseason.
Specifically, Night Shift will open Season 2 on Monday, Feb. 23 at 10/9c (leading out of The Voice’s two-hour Season 8 opener), while Undateable’s sophomore run will air Tuesdays at 9 pm, starting March 17. (Both shows’ first seasons ran May to July.)
NBC’s other midseason moves include:
* Allegiance, a contemporary espionage-at-home drama in the vein of The Americans — about a young CIA »
The crew aboard the medical rescue spaceship Nightingale 9 roams the outer limits of deep space, keeping an ear tuned to the void around them for cries of help. When one such signal finds them, they rescue a mysterious man and his intriguing relic. The crew’s kindness could be their downfall, however, as their new guest has hellish plans to fulfill in Supernova, coming soon to Blu-ray via Scream Factory.
Press Release - “In the farthest reaches of space, something has been waiting…
Scream Factory has announced the release of sci-fi thriller Supernova on January 13, 2015. Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray, this release comes complete with bonus content, featuring The Making of Supernova¸ with new interviews with actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Robert Forster, producer Daniel Chuba and filmmaker Jack Sholder.
Beyond comprehension, beyond imagination and beyond the deepest regions of this galaxy…life as we know it is about to end! »
- Derek Anderson
While this one might seem odd to some of you fright fanatics, I for one, am completely excited to see Scream Factory’s upcoming Bluray of 2000’s Supernova. The James Spader-led sic-fi/horror film was notorious for it’s reshoots/editing, and it’s a mystery whether Walter Hill or Jack Sholder really directed the film (after forced reshoots, Hill disowned the film and used the pseudonym “Thomas Lee”), but with all of that being said, it’s always been quite the entertaining genre film, and the gang at Sf are giving the brand new Bluray to fans on January 13th. No word on whether the PG-13 or the R-rated version will be on the disc, but as soon as we know, you will!
- Jerry Smith
Victor García has made a name for himself with being the guy who takes on straight-to-dvd sequels for popular films, having directed Return To House On Haunted Hill, Mirrors 2, and the much maligned Hellraiser: Revelations. After going through those sequels, it’s no wonder that García would jump at the chance to direct something original with The Damned, a possession tale that while not being a sequel or re-imagining of something, still gives off that been there, done that vibe, but provides a decent amount of twists and turns while doing so.
Focusing on Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie, Can’T Hardly Wait) and Sophia Myles(Underworld)’ characters of David and Lauren, a couple a week away from getting married, and their trip to Columbia to pick up his rebellious daughter for the wedding, The Damned begins it’s film journey with a very familiar setup of a father not »
- Jerry Smith
IFC Midnight is set to release the Peter Facinelli-led supernatural horror film The Damned on November 11th, and we thought it would be fun to give one lucky reader a free Bluray of the Victor Garcia-helmed film. It looks like it could be a lot of fun!
“En route from having retrieved his rebellious teenage daughter Jill (Nathalia Ramos, House of Anubis) from Bogotá, Colombia, American David Reynolds (Peter Facinelli, The Twilight Saga, Nurse Jackie) and his new fiancee Lauren (Sophia Myles, Underworld,Tristan & Isolde, Mi-5) crash their car during a rainstorm. Desperate to find help in the deserted countryside, they wind up knocking at the door of a rundown, isolated inn – which welcomed its last guest 30 years earlier.
Sensing something sinister about the mysterious old innkeeper, David, Lauren and Jill discover a young girl locked in the basement and determine to set her free. But little do »
- Jerry Smith
These days Jennie Garth is appreciating every moment. Since ending her marriage to Peter Facinelli back in June 2013, the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum, 42, has been co-parenting with her Twilight ex, 40. She visited The Meredith Vieira Show on Wednesday, Oct. 29, when she was asked by the host how often her children drive her crazy. “It’s different, everyone drives me crazy in a different way,” the mother of daughters Fiona, 8, Lola, 11, Luca, 17, joked. “But honestly, now that I have to share them [...] »
Is there anything better than raising teenagers? If you ask Jennie Garth, the answer is a mixed bag of craziness and gratitude. "Everyone drives me crazy in a different way but I honestly know that I have to share them with their dad and they leave my house," she explained during Wednesday's all-new Meredith Vieira Show. "I love every second [when they're home], even when they are driving me nuts." The loveable Beverly Hills, 90210 star split from actor Peter Facinelli in March 2012 after 11 years of marriage. They now share time with their three daughters including Fiona Eve, 5, Lola, 11, and Luca, 14. Garth has quickly learned that the time with her kids flies by »
Beta Cinema will be selling international rights at Afm. eOne is planning a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release in the spring.
West stars as Walter, an usher at a movie theater who believes he is the son of God with the responsibility of deciding whether people go to heaven or hell. Virginia Madsen plays his neurotic mother and William H. Macy portrays a psychiatrist.
Neve Campbell, Peter Facinelli, Justin Kirk, Jim Gaffigan, Milo Ventimiglia and Levin Rambin also star. Producers are Ryan Harris, Brenden Patrick Hill, Christine Holder, Mark Holder and Benito Mueller.
- Dave McNary
Entertainment One Films has picked up North American rights to Walter, starring The Walking Dead‘s Andrew J. West with a supporting cast that includes William H. Macy, Virginia Madsen, Neve Campbell, and more. West stars as Walter, a movie theater ticket taker who believes he’s the son of God and that it’s his duty to judge whether people are bound for Heaven or Hell. Anna Mastro directed and Paul Shoulberg adapted the screenplay from his own short story. Peter Facinelli, Justin Kirk, Jim Gaffigan, Milo Ventimiglia, and Levin Rambin also star. Ryan Harris, Brenden Patrick Hill, Christine Holder, Mark Holder and Benito Mueller produced Walter and Bill Johnson, Jennifer Laurent, Michel Merkt and Wolfgang Mueller executive produced. A day and date theatrical/VOD release is planned for the spring. EOne’s Katharyn Howe negotiated the deal with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. Beta Cinema will rep »
- Jen Yamato
As if we weren’t excited enough about Scream Factory‘s upcoming lineup of titles making their Bluray debuts, the gang at Sf have decided to make horror fans’ mouths water even more, with a handful of announcements regarding even More upcoming titles set to be unleashed in the near future. Not only do we get an update on the final release date on Sf’s Vault Of Horror/Tales From The Crypt double feature, but it’s official that Voh will be the uncut version!
Personally, I’m a fan of most of the films in the announcements, so obviously I’ll be jumping at them when they hit. The amount of times I watched Once Bitten as a kid is in the triple digit amount, so the announcement of the Love At First Bite/Once Bitten double is enough to make me smile from ear to ear. I »
- Jerry Smith
As part of its ongoing effort to enhance its diverse portfolio of premium content, Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, is teaming with Facebook, the prestigious Women In Film organization, the crowdsourcing platform Tongal and best-selling Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer to create and manage a social media campaign to develop and produce a series of short films directed by aspiring female filmmakers. The campaign, called The Storytellers - New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga, will include films based on a broad spectrum of characters from the Twilight universe, with guidance provided by Meyer's encyclopedic The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide.
The campaign will center on a multiphase contest culminating in the selection of at least five aspiring female filmmakers to direct short films based on characters from the Twilight universe. The films will be produced and directed with the mentorship of a blue chip panel of advisors, »
We don't think Stephenie Meyer has anything to worry about, but we're pretty impressed to see Twilight star Peter Facinelli jumping into the world of Ya books. Facinelli has teamed up with Hollywood producer Rob DeFranco and New York Times best telling Ya writer Barry Lyga to release After the Red Rain, a novel set in a future world destroyed by environmental disasters and mass poverty. And only E! Online has the first look at After the Rain's cover. The white letters of the title are askew and laid over a looming red and black sky. Below, a person is seen standing on a pile of burning rubble while looking toward the city. "I gained a real respect for the Ya genre during my time with the »
Exclusive: Adam Robitel has been tapped to script horror feature Cropsey for Peter Facinelli and Rob DeFranco’s A7SLE Films. The picture takes a fresh look at the mythology of the Cropsey Maniac, the boogeyman of campfire lore who has terrorized the minds of youngsters for decades. The Cropsey urban legend also inspired a 2009 documentary. Further details of the A7SLE Films project are under wraps, but it joins true-tale horror project The Devil’s Rooming House on A7SLE’s slate and also will be produced by Old Lime’s Kevin Sisti and Ray Esposito. Robitel’s genre credits include spec script The Bloody Benders, which was optioned by Guillermo del Toro’s Necropia Entertainment and Don Murphy and Susan Montford’s Angry Films, and medical documentary/possession pic The Taking Of Deborah Logan, which Robitel wrote and directed. Robitel is repped by Zero Gravity Management.
- Jen Yamato
Backstage University is bringing you a screenwriter, director, and acting coach to teach you how to get your story idea down into a working script. The upcoming webinar, “How Actors Can Start Writing Their Own Projects,” will teach you how to get to work on writing your own projects to further your career, and will be taught by D.W. Brown. Brown is an actor, writer, director, Backstage Expert, and studio co-owner and head teacher of The Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio in Santa Monica, Calif. He is the writer-director of the feature film “On the Inside” (starring Olivia Wilde and Nick Stahl), and the short films “One Clean Move” with Harry Hamlin and “Chloe” with Peter Facinelli. Brown is also an author of the acclaimed acting guide “You Can Act” and a second book, “2500 Years of Wisdom: Sayings of the Great Masters.” He is currently writing his third book, a »
The show also tweeted about the news:
One last shot at redemption. Join us in 2015 for the seventh and final season of #NurseJackie. Thanks for the ride! http://t.co/8Uo8mQk3Of—
Nurse Jackie (@SHO_Jackie) September 10, 2014
Since premiering in 2009, the series has been hailed by critics and nabbed several awards, including a Humanitas Prize, Prism Awards for its depiction of substance abuse and five Emmy Awards. Stars Edie Falco and Merritt Wever have taken home Emmys for their performances, making Falco the only actress to win a lead acting award for both comedy and drama.
“It is with great sadness and pride that we and Showtime bid farewell to such an outstanding series like Nurse Jackie, its stellar cast led by the incomparable Edie Falco, brilliant producing team led by Clyde Phillips and Richie Jackson, »
- Shelli Weinstein
Nurse Jackie is getting ready to make her final rounds.
Showtime announced Wednesday that the show’s upcoming seventh season — which is set to premiere in 2015 — will also be its final one.
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Rip "Nurse Jackie." Time of death: 3:30 p.m., Sept. 10, 2014.
Showtime announced it is canceling the acclaimed comedy starring Edie Falco after its seventh season, which begins filming this week.
"Edie is one of our finest actresses. We are so honored to have had her on the network. She creates indelible characters and Nurse Jackie Peyton is no exception," said Showtime President David Nevins in a statement.
"I know this final season will bring her story to a close that will satisfy the ever-growing number of loyal viewers who have been entranced and, at times, appalled by Jackie through the years. I want to thank Edie, the incredible cast of Nurse Jackie and Clyde Phillips and Richie Jackson who have led the show to the success that it is today."
"Nurse Jackie" debuted in 2009 and in six seasons, racked up numerous Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Falco and co-star »
- Kelly Woo
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "Odyssey" (NBC - Midseason) The Pitch: "It's 'Traffic' meets 'Homeland' meets whatever's on the front page of the newspaper today." Quick Response: First off, I wanna credit the ambition of Adam Armus & Nora Kay Foster's script and Peter Horton's directing/producing in this ensemble political thriller, which uses 51 minutes to introduce three interlocking stories and well over a dozen characters and an assortment of ripped-from-the-headlines plotlines that run the gamut from "familiar because you've seen them in movies or TV or in the news" to "nonsensical blather that presumably will make sense down the road." "Odyssey" is a project that aims high and even though it's 100 percent destined for failure, I would Always rather watch a flawed pilot with big dreams than a generic procedural. But I'm not sure a show like "Odyssey" has ever succeeded on network TV and nothing in Horton's admirable resume, nor the »
- Daniel Fienberg
Stepping outside your comfort zone to truly embrace both new experiences and what you love most in life is the enthralling theme that not only pushes the actions of the lead character in the new independent horror film, ‘The Damned,’ but also the actor who portrays him. Versatile actor Peter Facinelli powerfully showcased the harrowing and realistic emotions and motivations of a protective father who’s desperate to take any means necessary to save his teenage daughter in the latest movie from director Victor Garcia. While ‘The Damned’ is the first horror film Facinelli has starred in, the actor creatively embraced shooting the film independently on location in Columbia to highlight [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
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