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While at Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, President David Nevis took some time to talk about new and returning programming. During the interview, he spoke about their new comedy pilots, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (directed by Mark Webb) and Roadies (from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams), Penny Dreadful season 2 and how it will have a human antagonist, the status of Happyish (the series starring that Philip Seymour Hoffman), what the real reason was behind the choice for the ending of Dexter and the possibility of the show returning, how long The Affair could run, and how he’d still like to do a Halo series. Check out what he had to say after the jump. Question: What can you say about your new comedy pilots? David Nevins: Our two comedy pilots are Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Roadies. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a change of pace for us. It’s a pilot »
- Christina Radish
Showtime has some billionaires, rock stars, and crazy exes for you to meet.
Network president David Nevins announced three new pilot orders for the pay-cable channel during the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Friday. First, Billions, a drama about an aggressive New York attorney who deals exclusively with obnoxious hedge fund billionaires. The show comes from a script by Andrew Ross Sorkin, with Brian Koppelman and David Levien on board to produce.
My Crazy-Ex Girlfriend, a half-hour comedy with musical elements, stars Rachel Bloom as a successful, driven, and possibly crazy woman who impulsively leaves her »
- Marc Snetiker
Up next in the never-ending series of TCA press tour live-blogs? Showtime President David Nevins. Showtime hasn't had an especially controversial or drama-filled year, but we're sure to have lots to discuss including the new season of "Homeland," series development and more. Follow along... 1:45 p.m. David Nevins starts with pre-question updates. Eight of Showtime's nine shows got Emmy nominations. Showtime has 10 shows, but "Penny Dreadful" won't be eligible until next year. He notes that "Penny Dreadful" was the network's most-watched new show on OnDemand and ShowtimeAnytime. As was announced earlier, "Homeland" is back for 12 episodes on October 5. In case you've forgotten, "Homeland" hit ratings highs. 1:48 p.m. October 19 is the premiere date for "The Affair." That'll be paneling later today. It's not quite what I was expecting, which I mean in a good way. On November 1, Showtime will premiere the original doc "Lost Songs: Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes Continues" 1:49 p. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Showtime’s most-talked-about series currently includes such dramas as Homeland and Masters of Sex, as well as this year’s newcomer horror series, Penny Dreadful. However, the network may be looking to expand its programming scope, if its recent decisions are any indication.
The channel – which also airs shows like House of Lies and Nurse Jackie - recently picked up the pilot for the comedy series Roadies, from writer/director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous). Now comes new that Showtime has ordered a second comedy pilot, with some unexpected talent involved.
According to an announcement by the network, Showtime has picked up half-hour comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a new series co-created, written and executive produced by Aline Brosh McKenna.
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- Robert Yaniz Jr.
AMC has renewed its Revolutionary War drama "Turn" for a second season. Ten new episodes are planned to air next spring. The first ten episodes averaged two million total viewers a week over its first ten-episode run. Encores of "Turn" will be aired with the new season of "Hell On Wheels" this summer.
Jamie Bell stars in the series as a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island who bands together with a disparate group of childhood friends to turn the tide of the Revolutionary War in favor of the rebels. [Source: AMC]
The heavily promoted launch also helped returning series "Falling Skies" which followed immediately after with its fourth season premiere garnering 4.7 million viewers. [Source: The Live Feed]
Showtime has given a pilot order to "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, »
- Garth Franklin
Though Dexter is dead in the ground and Californication is gearing up for its final outing, Showtime is experiencing a very strong dramatic season thanks to the one-two punch of Masters of Sex and Penny Dreadful, as well as excellent comedies like Nurse Jackie, Shameless, Episodes, Web Therapy and House of Lies. Now, the network is prepping another comedy hopeful by handing a pilot order to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Cameras will roll this summer, and then Showtime will decide whether or not to order it to series.
The half-hour musical comedy, from writer Aline Brosh McKenna and writer/actress Rachel Bloom, will feature direction from The Amazing Spider-Man helmer Marc Webb, who is on board as an executive producer alongside Brosh McKenna and Bloom. Bloom originally sold the show to Showtime as a pitch in October.
“This pilot is an exciting change of pace for us. ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ is built on »
- Isaac Feldberg
Bloom stars in the project as Rebecca, a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan to move to West Covina, California looking for love.
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- Liz Raftery
Showtime has ordered a pilot for the offbeat comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” from “The Devil Wears Prada” scribe Aline Brosh McKenna, hyphenate Rachel Bloom and “The Amazing Spider-Man” director Marc Webb.
Bloom, a comedian and staff writer on Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken,” stars as a woman who gives up her partnership at a Manhattan law firm in an effort to find happiness in the Los Angeles suburb of West Covina. Brosh McKenna and Bloom wrote the pilot and exec produce with Webb, who is on board to direct for CBS Television Studios.
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is described as a half-hour comedy with musical elements. Showtime Networks prexy David Nevins calls it an “exciting change of pace” for the cabler. Brosh McKenna introduced Bloom to the cabler after discovery her musical comedy vids on the Internet.
Webb, who made his feature debut with “500 Days of Summer,” is coming off two high-octane “Spider-Man »
- Cynthia Littleton
Showtime is moving forward with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The musical comedy, originally sold as a pitch from writer-actress Rachel Bloom in October of last year, has received a pilot order. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Bloom's pilot, co-penned by fellow executive producer Aline Brosh McKenna, will film this summer with (500) Days of Summer helmer Marc Webb on board to direct and executive produce. "This pilot is an exciting change of pace for us," said Showtime Networks president David Nevins. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is built on the inspired comedy and songwriting of Rachel Bloom — who,
- Michael O'Connell
Showtime has given a pilot order to “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” a half-hour comedy with musical elements from “The Devils Wears Prada” screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna and comedian Rachel Bloom. “The Amazing Spider-Man” director Marc Webb will direct the first episode. Produced by CBS Television Studios, the show is centered on Rebecca (Bloom), a successful but possibly crazy young woman who quits her partnership at a prestigious Manhattan law firm to seek out love and happiness in West Covina, Calif. Also read: ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Director Marc Webb to Give Keynote at SXSW Bloom (pictured), whose acting credits include “How I Met Your Mother” and “Robot. »
- Tim Molloy
[Press Release] Los Angeles, CA – (June 23, 2014) – Showtime has given a pilot order to Crazy Ex-girlfriend, a half-hour comedy with musical elements co-created, executive produced and written by feature writer Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, Annie) and writer/actress/comedian Rachel Bloom (Robot Chicken). The project centers around Rebecca (Bloom), a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: West Covina, Calif. Produced by CBS Television Studios, the pilot will be directed and executive produced by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider- »
- Pietro Filipponi
There are two types of people: those who grew up loving the musical Annie, and those who would prefer to go into the woods with Jason Voorhees rather than listen to one single syllable of her signature tune “Tomorrow.” I am of the second type. So when the powers that be (that’s Will Smith and Jay Z) opted to launch a re-imagining of the musical as a more modern-day fairytale starring Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and Jamie Foxx in the lead roles, I was not exactly bowled over with excitement.
I wish I could say that the most recent trailer for Annie has melted my ice-cold heart, but really it has just seriously damaged my eardrums. As a rather high-pitched hip-hop rendition of “It’s a Hard Knock Life” plays in the background, we are introduced to orphan Annie and her politically-minded benefactor Benjamin Stacks (Foxx). After saving Annie’s life, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
In theaters December 19th, here’s the brand new trailer for Annie.
Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz).
But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean »
- Michelle McCue
Focusing on an orphan adopted by the wealthy Daddy Warbucks (renamed Benjamin Stacks and a New York mayoral candidate in this updated version of the classical musical), it’s a heartwarming tale and boasts an impressive cast of actors which also includes Rose Byrne and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
This latest trailer features “A Hard Knock Life” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”, along with a few modern day changes to some now very dated lines!
We also get to see a lot more of some of the cast members who weren’t featured that heavily in the original trailer, and while many continue to doubt the necessity of this remake, it does actually look a lot better than expected! »
- Josh Wilding
Sony Pictures has released new Annie trailer. The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move. I want to be excited for this movie, it's got a good cast, and I enjoyed director Will Gluck's Easy A, but the trailers are falling flat for me. The jokes aren't landing, and it seems like it's trying too hard to update the classic musical. But with its holiday release date, I'm holding on to the hope that it will be a crowd-pleaser. Hit the jump to check out the new Annie trailer. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas. Annie opens on December 19th. Via Yahoo! »
- Matt Goldberg
Jay Z is providing music for the movie to go alongside original material from the musical, such as 'Hard Knock Life' and 'Tomorrow'.
Annie will be released on December 19 in the Us and February 6, 2015 in the UK. »
Why remake childhood favorite "Annie"? Well, because they can and that's just what Sony has done, entrusting the job to "Easy A" director Will Gluck, screenwriters Aline Brosh McKenna and Emma Thompson, and producers Will Smith and Jay Z. So yes, they brought the talent and the result is...this? A new trailer for the musical revamp is here and it still looks pretty tone deaf. "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" star Quvenzhané Wallis takes the title role, with Jamie Foxx as her wealthy benefactor with political dreams to keep alive. Meanwhile, vamping all over the place is Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan, with a performance pitched, for better or worse, all the way to the back row. Certainly, this isn't for us, but maybe the kids will dig it? "Annie" arrives on December 19th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If your animation history is spotty (or if you don't have a very young child in your life), Maleficent was the iconic sorceress from Walt Disney's very amazing 1959 animated feature "Sleeping Beauty" (in the original, she was sinisterly voiced by Eleanor Audley). Following the success of Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" (and other fairy tale blockbusters from other studios), it was time to give "Sleeping Beauty" the "Wicked" treatment, with a story from the witch's point of view.
Of course, Sleeping Beauty is there, too. Elle Fanning plays Princess Aurora, in a performance that gets a little lost (if you don't know the story of Sleeping Beauty, we pity you) and there are supporting performances from Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, Leslie Manville, Sam Riley, and Sharlto Copley. Quite frankly, when you're standing in Angelina's shadow, »
- Drew Taylor
Fans of Disney’s classic fairy tales may want to keep their expectations minimal for the first trailer and poster of Kenneth Branagh’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella. Although the film has a terrific ensemble, with Downton Abbey‘s Lily James anchoring the project in the title role, there is real footage or any images shown. Instead, this teaser material displays three things: the March release month, the Disney logo and that iconic glass shoe. There is not even a title, although the slipper is probably enough of a hint to clue in fans of the Disney princess.
The trailer is sparkling, showing prisms of reflections off of the slipper as the camera circles around it and then zooms out to reveal the high-heeled shoe in its glass form. Then, a butterfly rests on the toe. It is an appropriately elegant teaser and the blue hues are also there to »
- Jordan Adler
All the way back in September of 2013 was when we got our first look at Lily James as the titular Disney princess in director Kenneth Branagh's new live-action version of Cinderella. The film is due in theaters in March of 2015, and now the first poster and teaser trailer have arrived, highlighting the most iconic part of this fairytale: the glass slipper. We don't get to see any footage from the film itself, which also features Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother, but it's a classic tease for a film that anyone will immediately be intrigued about. We're not sure what to expect from this live-action take on the familiar story, but we'll see. Here's the teaser trailer for Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella straight from Disney: And here's the teaser poster, offering just the slipper and the release date: Cinderella is directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit »
- Ethan Anderton
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