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Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) makes his television debut as executive producer of the two-hour Lifetime programming event Deliverance Creek (premiering on September 13th), a revenge drama centering on a widow and mother of three who is determined to protect her family and land at any cost during the Civil War. Two years into the Civil War, Belle Gatlin Barlowe (Lauren Ambrose) faces uncertainty in the life before her as she attempts to defend her family’s land by any means necessary. When the corrupt bank that runs their town pushes Belle into becoming an outlaw, it sets off a chain of events that force her to question whether it’s better to be good or to survive. It also stars Wes Ramsey, Yaani King, Caitlin Custer, Christopher Backus, Riley Smith, Katherine Willis, Christopher Baker, Skeet Ulrich, Barry Tubb and Joel Johnstone. During this recent interview to promote the premiere of the two-hour film, »
- Christina Radish
Including the release of his debut novel, The Notebook, in 1996, Nicholas Sparks has never published a book that didn’t become a best-seller, and nine of them have been adapted into movies. But for his television-producing debut, the author is overseeing someone else’s material: Melissa Carter’s Deliverance Creek. The Civil War–era revenge tale has been fashioned into a two-hour Lifetime movie starring Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), and it is the first of five TV projects Sparks’s company has in the pipeline with cable networks. Two days before Deliverance Creek’s Saturday-night premiere, Sparks took a break from his busy schedule to chat with Vulture about his books, overcoming writer’s block, and the romance-lit capabilities of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.Deliverance Creek is a backdoor pilot, meaning it might still morph into a miniseries or something more. Does a green light for additional episodes hinge entirely on ratings, »
- Chris Serico
“Deliverance Creek” feels like a Franken-western, stitched together from pieces of previous movies. That’s not all bad, necessarily, but it does make this two-hour Lifetime pilot, bearing the stamp of hankie-waving producer Nicholas Sparks, about as tidy as a stable in the early going, drunkenly flitting around among multiple plots. Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”) is the anchor as a mother struggling to raise her kids during the Civil War, before her Confederate/outlaw brother, former lover and runaway slaves enter the picture. The Sparks connection might help the battle of launching the show, but greater coherence is needed to avoid losing the war.
Lifetime has done the project and potential viewers no favors, airing a series prototype as a “programming event.” The problem is that there’s no real ending, so the story doesn’t conclude so much as simply run out of time. It’s also a »
- Brian Lowry
For his first TV venture, superstar romance novelist and screenwriter Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, A Walk to Remember) saddles up to executive produce a Civil War Western with a feisty female in the crosshairs. The Lifetime movie (and backdoor pilot) Deliverance Creek (airing Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8/7c) stars Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) as widowed mother Belle Gatlin Barlowe, who turns outlaw to protect her family and land from corrupt bankers.
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- Ileane Rudolph
San Diego Comic-Con celebrates its 45th year July 23-27 and once again, dozens of networks and TV studios will descend on the city with hundreds of stars and producers to promote their new and returning shows — but will your favorites make the trip? View our constantly updated schedule of Comic-Con’s TV panels and events below, and bookmark this page to check back for updates as Sdcc draws closer. Variety will be on hand at the convention to bring you the latest news and interviews direct from San Diego, so even if you won’t be attending Sdcc, you won’t miss any of the action.
July 23 (Preview Night)
“24″ (Fox, 10 a.m., Ballroom 20) Sneak preview and Q&A with the cast moderated by exec producer Jon Cassar. »
- Shelli Weinstein
With less than three weeks to go before the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International gets underway, a full list of TV events has arrived online, with details of panel guests and more…
Wednesday, July 23 (Preview Night)
Thursday, July 24
• Dig (USA Network) The miniseries will feature Tim Kring, Carol Barbee and Alison Sudol on the panel, with Gideon Raff, Jason Isaacs, Anne Heche and Lauren Ambrose appearing live via satellite from Israel. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Indigo Ballroom at the HIlton Bayfront.
• Hannibal (NBC)
- Gary Collinson
One thing that people greatly enjoy and look forward to doing when going to the San Diego Comic Con, is checking out the latest and greatest in TV shows. Watch the pilots, hear the cast, directors and producers, and more! Before Comic Con begins in a couple of weeks, I'm here to bring you all a list of what you can expect, and when and where you can expect it! Wednesday, July 23 (Preview Night) • Pilot screenings: The Flash (CW), Constantine (NBC), iZombie (CW) Thursday, July 24 • Dig (USA Network) The miniseries will feature Tim Kring, Carol Barbee and Alison Sudol on the panel, with Gideon Raff, Jason Isaacs, Anne Heche and Lauren Ambrose appearing live via satellite from Israel. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Indigo Ballroom at the HIlton Bayfront. • Batman: The Complete TV Series (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment) Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar will panel »
It’s almost that time of year when hordes of TV fans storm San Diego to get a sneak peek at their favorite returning shows and the upcoming season’s best new offerings at San Diego Comic-Con. Here, TVLine is compiling the latest news.
We’ll be updating this page as more panels are announced, so make sure to bookmark and check back often!
Wednesday, July 23
Thursday, July 24
Exclusive: I hear that the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s eagerly anticipated revival of Fool For Love is about to undergo a key casting switch: Out are leads Chris Pine (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit; Cinderella’s Prince in Disney’s upcoming bowdlerization of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods) and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under; USA Network’s upcoming Dig) ; in are Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back) playing opposite Tony winner Nina Arianda (a sensation in Venus In Fur whose upcoming films include The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Barry Levinson’s The Humbling). Rockwell and Arianda play former lovers Eddie and May in Sam Shepard’s ferocious 1983 drama, […] »
Disney Channel is shopping for a new hit series, ordering a comedy pilot set inside a mall.
The project, titled Fairest of the Mall, centers on a teenage girl who lands her dream job at the plaza’s hottest clothing store — only to lose it once she’s set up by the resident queen bee. Now, the only job she can find is at the tech store filled with nerds quirky teen boys.
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USA's Dig has added a shady archaeologist to the mix. Richard E. Grant has joined the six-hour fall event series in a recurring role opposite Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Photos: Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2014-15 Dig centers on Peter Connelly (Isaacs), an FBI agent currently stationed in Jerusalem, who, while investigating the murder of an American archaeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2,000 years in the making. Alison Sudol, David Costabile, Omar Metwally, Regina Taylor and Lauren Ambrose round out the cast for the drama-thriller from co-creators Tim Kring (Heroes) and Gideon Raff
- Philiana Ng
Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) is coming to Lifetime — and she’s packing heat. Related | Exclusive: Lauren Ambrose to Headline Nicholas Sparks’ Lifetime Pilot Deliverance Creek The network on Tuesday released the first official trailer for Deliverance Creek, a movie/backdoor pilot from producer Nicholas Sparks, which finds Ambrose playing a widowed mother of three during the Civil War. “I […] »
- Andy Swift
We're set to see a whole lot more of Crowley next season on "Supernatural". Actor Mark Sheppard, who plays the often amusing King of Hell, has been promoted to a series regular for the upcoming tenth season.
This is a rare event. Aside from two actresses in season three, Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins have been the only accredited regulars to date. Sheppard has appeared in nine episodes each of the past two seasons, this would indicate he'll be appearing in quite a few more next year. [Source: Buddy TV]
24: Live Another Day
Seems most people are holding back Jack for later viewing. Live+7 ratings are in for the two-hour premiere from earlier this month and confirm that the event series saw a whopping 42% jump in viewership when a week's worth of DVR data is taken into account. The premiere jumped from a 2.6/8 rating to a 3.7/11 amongst adults 18- »
- Garth Franklin
Deliverance Creek, which marks the TV producing debut of bestselling author Nicholas Sparks, will debut on Saturday, Sept. 13, on Lifetime. Written by Melissa Carter and directed by Jon Amiel, the two-hour movie/backdoor pilot stars Lauren Ambrose. Deliverance Creek, from Nicholas Sparks Prods. and Warner Horizon, is a revenge drama set two years into the Civil War which centers on a widow and mother of three (Ambrose) who is determined to protect her family and land at any cost. Carter, Sparks, Theresa Park and Amiel are executive producers. Here is the first trailer. Click here to view the embedded video. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Get details on Lewis's casting in the upcoming movie - Moviefone Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose has a new TV home - The Hollywood Reporter Here's how the Summer movies have done with critics - Rotten Tomatoes 4 bizarre choices that doomed Spider-Man 2 - Cracked Read the note J.J. Abrams wrote to the Star Wars crew - HuffPost Entertainment First impressions of the guys on The Bachelorette - BuddyTV Here's Nina Dobrev's big hair change while Tvd is on hiatus - Gossip Girl Meet each Guardian of the Galaxy - Popsugar Tech »
- Shannon Vestal
The “Six Feet Under” alum joins cast members Jason Isaacs, Anne Heche, Alison Sudol, Regina Taylor, David Costabile and Omar Metwally in the thriller about a Jerusalem-based FBI agent investigating the murder of an American archaeologist. Ambrose will play Debbie, a dedicated follower of evangelist Ted Billingham (Costabile) who begins to question her beliefs when a young boy goes missing.
“Dig” from Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) and developed by Keshet, in association with executive producers Gail Berman (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) of Tecumseh Productions along with Gene Stein, Kring and Raff, is shooting in Jerusalem. (Raff’s relationship with Keshet also includes the drama “Prisoners of War,” the basis for his Showtime series “Homeland”).
The six episode event series, which was the first-ever Israeli-made »
- Whitney Friedlander
USA Network's event series, “Dig,” has added yet another talented person to its cast. Lauren Ambrose has signed on for the six-episode event series’ as Debbie, a dedicated follower of evangelist Ted Billingham (David Costabile). Debbie spends most of her time looking after fellow disciple 13-year-old Josh (Zen McGrath), but when Josh suddenly disappears Debbie begins to question the beliefs and choices that have led her to this isolated place. Also read: '24' Alum Nestor Serrano, ‘True Blood’ Actress Brit Morgan Join USA's ‘Graceland’ (Exclusive) Ambrose is best known for playing Claire on HBO's “Six Feet Under.” Her »
- Jethro Nededog
USA Network's Dig has added a Six Feet Under alum. Lauren Ambrose has joined the six-episode event fall series from Heroes' Tim Kring and Homeland's Gideon Raff, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Dig centers on Peter Connelly, an FBI agent currently stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating the murder of an American archeologist uncovers a conspiracy 2,000 years in the making. Jason Isaacs, Anne Heche, Alison Sudol, Regina Taylor, David Costabile and Omar Metwally star. Photos: Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2014-15 Ambrose will play Debbie, a dedicated follower of evangelist Ted Billingham (Costabile). She spends most of
- Philiana Ng
Disney can show you the world. Shining. Shimmering. Splendid. And given the mid-show standing ovation for “Friend Like Me” at every performance of Broadway’s Aladdin and the oohs and aahs of the young children who witness the literal magic carpet ride the show depicts, it’s safe to assume that Disney has its latest long-runner. (Now whether it can ever unseat The Lion King as the fourth longest-running show ever is another question.) In other news this week, Chris Pine and Lauren Ambrose will be taking on Sam Shepard’s lovers-in-squabble drama Fool for Love for three weeks in Williamstown, »
- Jason Clark
New York -- After a 12-year absence, Chris Pine will return this summer to the Williamstown Theatre Festival, starring opposite Lauren Ambrose in a revival of Sam Shepard's two-hander Fool for Love. Directed by Daniel Aukin, the 1983 play is a volatile match between two former lovers holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert as they tear each other apart over the many failings of their relationship while struggling to understand whether they can live apart. The production runs July 24 through Aug. 3 on the Nikos Stage. This year's Williamstown lineup also includes
- David Rooney
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