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ABC Developing ‘Suspects’ Crime Drama Based On British Format With Josh Berman

Updated: ABC has put in development crime drama Suspects (fka Unforgotten) based on the praised British series Unforgotten, from Chris Lang, creator of the original UK format, Josh Berman, Sally Haynes, Laura Mackie, BBC Worldwide Productions and Sony Pictures TV. Written by The Blacklist executive producer Carla Kettner, Suspects blends a cop drama procedural and a multi-generational soap with a compassionate, intelligent female detective at the center. Kettner…
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Crime Drama About FBI Agent-Turned-Reporter From Josh Berman & Matt Whitney Set At NBC

NBC has put in development an untitled crime drama, aka Deadline, from CSI alum Josh Berman, Timeless co-executive producer Matt Whitney and Sony Pictures TV Studios. Written by Whitney, the project centers on a former FBI agent who, after a traumatic experience, takes a job as an investigative journalist at a well-known and widely circulated weekly magazine – reporting on high-profile crimes, seeking justice for victims, their families and the falsely accused. Depending…
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TV News Roundup: Francia Raisa, Jordan Buhat Cast in Freeform’s ‘Grown-ish’

TV News Roundup: Francia Raisa, Jordan Buhat Cast in Freeform’s ‘Grown-ish’
Casting

Francia Raisa and Jordan Buhat have been cast as series regulars in “grown-ish,” the Freeform spin-off series from ABC’s “black-ish.” Raisa will portray Ana, an outspoken conservative freshman at Southern California University, and Buhat will portray Vivek, a first generation Indian-American freshman at Southern California University with a lack of self-awareness. R&B duo Chloe x Halle have also snagged recurring roles on the series as twin sisters Sky and Jazz, who are on the track team at the university. “grown-ish” follows Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson as she deals with the various difficulties of going away to college. The 13-episode series is set to premiere in 2018.
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NBC Nabs Legal Drama ‘Closure’ From Josh Berman & John Legend As Put Pilot

In a competitive situation, NBC has landed Closure, a legal procedural drama from Drop Dead Diva creator Josh Berman, Underground executive producer John Legend and Sony Pictures TV Studios with a put pilot commitment. Written by Berman, Closure is based on the inspiring story of Serena Nunn, who at 19 learned about the criminal justice system first-hand after being sentenced to 15 years for conspiracy to distribute drugs, despite her being a star student and her…
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Notorious: Cancelled? ABC Paying to Keep Hope Alive

The season finale of Notorious just aired, but what about a second season? Recently, showrunner Josh Berman spoke with TVLine about the future of the ABC series.The drama revolves around the symbiotic relationship between a charismatic defense attorney (Daniel Sunjata) and a powerhouse TV producer (Piper Perabo) as they attempt to control the media, the justice system, and each other. The cast also includes Kate Jennings Grant, Aimee Teegarden, J. August Richards, Sepideh Moafi, Ryan Guzman, and Kevin Zegers.Read More…
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Notorious Boss Talks Jake and Julia's Finale 'Moment,' Reveals Twisted Plans for Potential Season 2

Notorious Boss Talks Jake and Julia's Finale 'Moment,' Reveals Twisted Plans for Potential Season 2
Spoiler alert: This article contains major reveals from the season finale of Notorious. Unlike that headstrong Julia George, you might want to proceed with caution.

Thursday’s Notorious season finale ended on a surprisingly high note, with Jake & Co. liberating Julia from El Toro and returning to Los Angeles in one piece — until the episode’s final moments, when we learned that Maya Hart has (presumably) committed suicide.

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“We had a big role for Melina Kanakaredes [as Maya’s mother Dana] in the next episode; she’ll be crucial if the show gets picked
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Notorious Boss Talks Sarah's Killer Reveal, What's Next for Jake and Julia

Notorious Boss Talks Sarah's Killer Reveal, What's Next for Jake and Julia
Notorious fans were rewarded for their patience on Thursday with an answer to the question plaguing them since the pilot: Who really killed Sarah Keaton?

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As some fans guessed, it was indeed Sarah’s brother Alan — though they never could have guessed that he was also the father of her child, the result of a horrific (not to mention incestuous) sexual assault.

“It wasn’t just to shock viewers,” series creator Josh Berman tells TVLine of the morbid reveal. “It felt like the story was grounded, and we believe the twist makes sense. It’s dark,
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Notorious: Cancelled Soon? ABC Cuts Episode Order

ABC has cut the Notorious TV show's production order from 13 episodes to 10. Deadline reports this is not an "outright cancellation," since the Alphabet Network plans to air all ten episodes. Maybe that seems like a good sign to hopeful fans, but it is not. Trimming the production order is the classic first step, in the peter-out approach to cancelling TV shows.Written by Josh Berman and Allie Hagan, Notorious is based on the lives of cable news producer Wendy Walker and defense attorney Mark Geragos. The legal and media drama stars Piper Perabo, Daniel Sunjata, Kate Jennings Grant, Aimee Teegarden, and J. August Richards. Walker and Geragos executive produce.Read More…
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‘Notorious’: After 32 Years at CNN, Producer Wendy Walker Finally Gets to Make Up the News

‘Notorious’: After 32 Years at CNN, Producer Wendy Walker Finally Gets to Make Up the News
You couldn’t script some of the things Wendy Walker experienced as a live news producer at CNN. But now, the new ABC drama “Notorious” aims to do just that.

The series, which launches Thursday night, stars Piper Perabo as a TV news producer who develops a friendship and alliance with a superstar defense attorney (Daniel Sunjata). The show is inspired by Walker’s lengthy CNN career and her pal, real-life defense attorney Mark Geragos.

Read More: ABC Upfronts Preview: First Look at New Shonda Rhimes, Kiefer Sutherland, Hayley Atwell Shows

Walker admits she was taken aback at first of how her “Notorious” character handled things (like, say, having sex in her office right before the live telecast). But she soon adjusted to the world of dramatized television.

The veteran news producer spent 32 years at CNN (including 18 of those as executive producer of “Larry King Live”), focusing on breaking news and other live coverage.
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‘Notorious’: After 32 Years at CNN, Producer Wendy Walker Finally Gets to Make Up the News

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‘Notorious’: After 32 Years at CNN, Producer Wendy Walker Finally Gets to Make Up the News
You couldn’t script some of the things Wendy Walker experienced as a live news producer at CNN. But now, the new ABC drama “Notorious” aims to do just that.

The series, which launches Thursday night, stars Piper Perabo as a TV news producer who develops a friendship and alliance with a superstar defense attorney (Daniel Sunjata). The show is inspired by Walker’s lengthy CNN career and her pal, real-life defense attorney Mark Geragos.

Read More: ABC Upfronts Preview: First Look at New Shonda Rhimes, Kiefer Sutherland, Hayley Atwell Shows

Walker admits she was taken aback at first of how her “Notorious” character handled things (like, say, having sex in her office right before the live telecast). But she soon adjusted to the world of dramatized television.

The veteran news producer spent 32 years at CNN (including 18 of those as executive producer of “Larry King Live”), focusing on breaking news and other live coverage.
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Notorious Review – TV- ABC Aims To Throw The Whole Well At You

As the television world exists now, one of the main pushes we see from every network is an effort to sub-brand itself as having a “kind of show.” That’s a slightly convoluted way of saying that the networks think fans of one of their shows look for a similar “feel” from the next show. If a new show were thrown at you, they want you to be able to guess who is going to air it.

With that in mind, there’s an extent to which it’s hard to blame ABC for Notorious. It had to seem like a good Shondaland fit, and it looks decent on paper. You do you ABC.

If you throw in Josh Berman (Bones, Drop Dead Diva, The Blacklist) as creator, so much the better.

The trouble is that the world of laughable melodrama, and/or purposeful guilty pleasures that are overwrought with contrivance as a writing style,
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Notorious Season 1 Review

One episode was provided prior to broadcast.

According to movies and TV, at least, sex and journalism go hand in hand. It’s a recognizable stereotype—pop culture frequents the archetypical hard-hitting reporter who boinks their way to one big scoop after another—but it goes completely against the basic ethical principles to which real life journalists must hold themselves. Sure, a dedicated journo often needs to be pushy to get a tough source to crack, but it’s high crime to sleep one’s way through the red tape, even if it helps bring truths to the public.

ABC’s Notorious builds its entire plot on illicit relationships between the media and their subjects. There isn’t a single character in this show that takes the adage “don’t sleep where you work” to heart, but that’s actually what makes the show great.

Director Michael Engler and screenwriters
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TV Review: ABC’s ‘Notorious’ and ‘Conviction’

TV Review: ABC’s ‘Notorious’ and ‘Conviction’
It’s remarkable how interchangeable “Notorious” and “Conviction” are. Hayley Atwell is in one, and Piper Perabo leads the other, but you’d be forgiven for confusing the lesser details, like which one is a take on Larry King or has a presidential campaign subplot. Both are steamy procedurals that combine legal thriller with media circus, playing up high-profile clients, sensational crimes, and the sexy people involved. Both are led by beautiful white women, making the most of their business formal wardrobes in expensive high heels and blazers. Both women have smoldering sexual tension with a man — the second-billed actor — that crosses both personal and professional boundaries, while also throwing off sexual tension that tries very hard to light the screen on fire (and occasionally succeeds).

And, most importantly, both read as messy, incomplete dramas that appear to be blatant attempts to rework the “Scandal” template with a few different bells and whistles. The
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PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Announces Full Lineup: ‘The Mindy Project,’ ‘Notorious,’ ‘Lucha Underground’ & More

PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Announces Full Lineup: ‘The Mindy Project,’ ‘Notorious,’ ‘Lucha Underground’ & More
The 10th annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews, which runs from September 8 – 15 this year, has announced its full lineup. New to the annual showcase is El Rey Network’s innovative wrestling drama “Lucha Underground,” while “The Mindy Project” is receiving pride of place with a special “Inside the Writers’ Room” event. Full details below:

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Thursday, September 8 — Fox

6:00 pm: “Pitch” Red Carpet

7:00 pm: “Pitch” Screening

7:45 pm: “Pitch” Panel featuring:

Kylie Bunbury, “Ginny Baker”

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, “Mike Lawson

Rick Singer, Executive Producer

Kevin Falls, Executive Producer

7:00 pm: “Lethal Weapon” Red Carpet

8:15 pm: “Lethal Weapon” Screening

9:00 pm: “Lethal Weapon” panel featuring:

Damon Wayans, Sr., “Roger Murtaugh”

Clayne Crawford, “Martin Riggs”

Matt Miller, Executive Producer

9:30 pm: “Son of Zorn” Screening

9:55 pm: “The Exorcist” Screening

Friday, September 9 — El Rey Network

6:00 pm: “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
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PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Announces Full Lineup: ‘The Mindy Project,’ ‘Notorious,’ ‘Lucha Underground’ & More

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PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Announces Full Lineup: ‘The Mindy Project,’ ‘Notorious,’ ‘Lucha Underground’ & More
The 10th annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews, which runs from September 8 – 15 this year, has announced its full lineup. New to the annual showcase is El Rey Network’s innovative wrestling drama “Lucha Underground,” while “The Mindy Project” is receiving pride of place with a special “Inside the Writers’ Room” event. Full details below:

Read More: PaleyFest Adds ‘Better Call Saul,’ ‘Scandal’ and More to 2016 Panels

Thursday, September 8 — Fox

6:00 pm: “Pitch” Red Carpet

7:00 pm: “Pitch” Screening

7:45 pm: “Pitch” Panel featuring:

Kylie Bunbury, “Ginny Baker”

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, “Mike Lawson

Rick Singer, Executive Producer

Kevin Falls, Executive Producer

7:00 pm: “Lethal Weapon” Red Carpet

8:15 pm: “Lethal Weapon” Screening

9:00 pm: “Lethal Weapon” panel featuring:

Damon Wayans, Sr., “Roger Murtaugh”

Clayne Crawford, “Martin Riggs”

Matt Miller, Executive Producer

9:30 pm: “Son of Zorn” Screening

9:55 pm: “The Exorcist” Screening

Friday, September 9 — El Rey Network

6:00 pm: “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
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Mark Geragos Continues To Masterfully Manipulate Media With ‘Notorious’ – TCA

“Mark is a master manipulator of the press,” longtime Larry King Live producer Wendy Walker said of criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos during ABC’s TCA panel for new drama Notorious. Notorious is inspired by the relationship between Geragos and Walker, both of whom are EPs on the series. Written by Drop Dead Diva creator Josh Berman and blogger Allie Hagan, names have been changed for the provocative look at the relationship between lawyers who are good at…
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PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Lineup Includes ‘Pitch,’ Kiefer Sutherland’s ‘Designated Survivor’

PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Lineup Includes ‘Pitch,’ Kiefer Sutherland’s ‘Designated Survivor’
The Paley Center for Media’s 10th PaleyFest Fall TV Previews lineup has been announced. The weeklong event will take place Sept. 8 to 13 in Los Angeles, and offer screenings and panels for the major new fall series, including ABC’s Kiefer Sutherland drama “Designated Survivor,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” CBS’ “Pure Genius,” and Fox’s baseball series “Pitch.”

This year will include a special night devoted to independent cable channel El Rey, which will get to showcase its wrestling series “Lucha Underground” and vampire drama “From Dusk Till Dawn,” which will begin its third season in September.

“PaleyFest Fall TV Previews offers TV enthusiasts a chance to view highly anticipated fall programs through premiere screenings and exclusive conversations with TV’s most-talked about stars and creators,” said Maureen J. Reidy, president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media. “The Paley Center’s public programs allow fans access to never-before-seen content in an intimate and exciting
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Showrunners for New TV Season Remain Mostly White and Male

Despite the success of series like “Black-ish,” “Empire,” and “Fresh Off the Boat,” the broadcast networks’ push for diversity hit a stumbling block with the rollout of the new fall lineup. A Variety investigation into new scripted shows for the 2016-17 season reveals that 90% of showrunners are white, and almost 80% are male.

This is based on information provided by the five broadcast networks, which gave Variety the names of the showrunners of their new scripted programs (a total of 50 across 38 new series). Variety independently confirmed the race and gender of each, via multiple sources. All names and data used for this story is available below. (Showrunner designations were not yet available for four series — two at NBC and two at ABC — and information on those programs was not included in the statistical analysis of the new season.)

Showrunners not only determine the creative direction of their programs; they also oversee the hiring,
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#Tgit on ABC: Shonda Rhimes' Tweets Call Tagline Ownership Into Question

Did Shonda Rhimes announce a time of death — or at least a months-long coma — for ABC’s “#Tgit” marketing campaign?

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For the first time since 2013, ABC’s primetime Thursday lineup this fall will not be entirely furnished by Rhimes’ Shondaland production company. With Scandal on an extended hiatus and not premiering Season 6 until midseason, ABC is comfortably nestling between Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder the real life-inspired freshman drama Notorious, which stars Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs) and Daniel Sunjata (Graceland) and, more notably, is a Sony Pictures Television/ABC Studios co-production,
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Notorious: ABC Orders Piper Perabo Drama (Preview)

[caption id="attachment_48957" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Piper Perabo stars as Julia and Daniel Sunjata stars as Jake on the Notorious TV show on ABC. (ABC/Kevin Foley)./caption]

Watch a "First Look" promo for the upcoming Notorious TV show, ordered to series by ABC. The legal-media drama stars Piper Perabo as news producer Julia George and Daniel Sunjata as attorney Jake Gregorian. The series is inspired by defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable TV news producer Wendy Walker, who are executive producing.

The Notorious TV series cast also includes, Sepideh Moafi, Kate Jennings Grant, Ryan Guzman, Kevin Zegers, J. August Richards, Aimee Teegarden. Josh Berman and Allie Hagan are co-creators.

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