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‘Michael Bennett’ Drama Based On James Patterson’s Book Series In Works At ABC

ABC has put in development Michael Bennett, a cop drama/family soap series based on the character in the bestselling books by author James Patterson. Written by The Man In the High Castle co-executive producer Rick Cleveland, the project centers on NYPD Detective Michael Bennett, who is something of a living legend. Brilliant, seasoned and highly dedicated, he is a master homicide investigator, able to crack the city’s toughest cases without breaking a sweat. At home
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TV Writers React to WGA Deal: ‘Both Parties Live to Fight Another Day’

TV Writers React to WGA Deal: ‘Both Parties Live to Fight Another Day’
The WGA and producers struck a deal early Tuesday morning for a three-year contract — avoiding what had looked like an increasingly possible strike by TV and film writers. The new deal included residual increases, a significant uptick in the contributions to the guild’s health-insurance plan, and new rules that address compensation issues around television series with short seasons.

Variety checked in with television writers to gauge their reaction to the deal, and to the averted strike.

Rick Cleveland (“The Man in the High Castle”)

“It’s great that we were able to avoid a strike, especially in an era where it isn’t the norm for CEOs to give a rip about the people working underneath them. An era where rampant greed seems to be treated as virtuous. We even have one of those guys in charge of the entire country. So this settlement is welcomed and a relief. Hopefully
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WGA Deal: Extended Talks Highlight Major Shifts in Peak TV Era

On April 9, the day before the Writers Guild of America and major studios resumed contract negotiations after a two-week break, CBS Corp. chairman-ceo Leslie Moonves and Warner Bros. chairman-ceo Kevin Tsujihara met secretly for about 90 minutes with four members of the WGA negotiating committee: co-chairs Chip Johannessen, Chris Keyser and Billy Ray, and Meredith Stiehm.

The Sunday session, held at the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers’ headquarters in Sherman Oaks, was designed for the CEOs to hear directly from writers on the most pressing issues in the contract negotiations, which had gotten off to a bumpy start on March 13. Moonves and Tsujihara were sent as emissaries for the AMPTP, not to hammer out deal points but to assure the WGA that Hollywood’s CEOs were attuned to the importance of the negotiations.

The writers spoke of grappling with the challenges of maintaining their income levels amid broad industry shifts. Stiehm
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Top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time: 20 - 1

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It's the final entry in Wesley's top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time list, numbers 20 to 1. Merry Christmas to all!

Read entries 100 - 81 here, entries 80 - 61 here, entries 60 - 41 here, and entries 40 - 21 here.

Since the medium’s infancy, viewers have enjoyed sharing holidays with their favourite television characters. We grow invested in our friends on screen over the years; spending Christmas with them is a rite of passage, a chance for us to share tradition from our world with the fictional ones we see on screen. Some shows embrace the season wholeheartedly, characters in good spirits and enjoying the trappings of the season; others skew a little darker, bringing the more oppressive, burdensome side of the holidays to life. Either way, Christmas episodes tend to demonstrate the strengths of our favourite series, and it’s long been a festive ritual of mine to wheel out old
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Sonar Inks First-Look Deal With StoryBy Entertainment; Sets Family Drama

Sonar Entertainment has signed an exclusive first-look deal with indie production company StoryBy Entertainment (Stitchers), with a focus on packaging underlying literary material. The first project set under the deal is a family drama based on real-life events written and executive produced by Rick Cleveland (House Of Cards, The West Wing). "In the short time since they launched the company, the StoryBy team has already shown an uncanny ability to foster compelling and…
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House of Cards: Season Three Renewal

Netflix has ordered a third season of their original political drama, House of Cards. The show has become a signature series for the video provider and garnered an impressive number of Emmy nominations last year.

There's no word yet on how many episodes have been ordered or when we'll see them. Season two, comprised of 13 installments, will be released on Valentine's Day next week.

Last year, co-executive producer Rick Cleveland said that he didn't expect there to be a third season but Netflix's Ted Sarandos later said that they wanted more and didn't plan on running just two seasons.

What do you think? Do you like House of Cards? How long should it continue?
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Her and Captain Phillips take top honours at the 2014 WGA Awards

Last night the Writers Guild of America announced the winners of the 66th annual WGA Awards, with Her (Spike Jonze) the recipient of the award for Best Original Screenplay and Captain Phillips (Billy Ray) taking home the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Among the winners on the small screen were Breaking Bad (Episodic Drama), Veep (Episodic Comedy), House of Cards (New Series) and The Simpsons (Animation), while The Last of Us was victorious in the videogame category.

Check out the full list of winners here....

Original Screenplay:

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.

Adapted Screenplay:

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures

Documentary Screenplay:

Stories We Tell, Written by Sarah Polley; Roadside Attractions

Drama Series:

Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould,
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Her, Captain Phillips & Stories We Tell Take Home Top Honors At 2014 Writers Guild Awards

Her, Stories We Tell and Captain Phillips took home top honors on Saturday night as the big winners of the 2014 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen. Television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing were also recognized at simultaneous ceremonies at the Jw Marriott L.A. Live in Los Angeles and the Edison Ballroom in New York City. It’s the final precursor guild award leading up to the Oscars.

Below is a complete list of the winners.

Screen Winners

Original Screenplay (matched up with the Academy Awards nominations)

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.

Nominees included American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, Her and Nebraska.

Adapted Screenplay (3 for 5 Oscar nominations)

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures

In addition to Captain Phillips,
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'Her' and 'Captain Phillips' win Writers Guild Awards

'Her' and 'Captain Phillips' win Writers Guild Awards
Spike Jonze’s philosophical sci-fi love story Her, and Billy Ray’s harrowing true-life hostage saga Captain Phillips earned best original and adapted screenplays, respectively, from the Writers Guild Awards on Saturday.

In the original category, Her was facing its four rivals for the Oscar: American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, and Nebraska, so its victory can be seen as a strong harbinger of where the Academy Award could go on March 2. In anecdotal sampling of Academy members, EW’s Prize Fighter has also determined that Her is far and away the front-runner for this category.

The WGA’s
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WGA: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Her’ Win Top Screenplay Awards

WGA: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Her’ Win Top Screenplay Awards
Billy Ray won the Writers Guild of America award for adapted screenplay for seagoing drama “Captain Phillips” and Spike Jonze took the trophy for original screenplay for futuristic romancer “Her.”

The top TV awards went to the final season of “Breaking Bad,” which won both the drama series and drama episode trophies. HBO’s “Veep” won the comedy series award while “30 Rock” took the episodic comedy award and Netflix’s “House of Cards” copped the new series trophy.

Ray won over Tracy Letts for “August: Osage County,” Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for “Before Midnight,” Peter Berg for “Lone Survivor” and Terence Winter for the adapted screenplay for “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Ray’s screenplay was based on the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea” by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. Tom Hanks portrayed Phillips in the movie — a
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WGA: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Her’ Win Top Screenplay Awards

WGA: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Her’ Win Top Screenplay Awards
Billy Ray won the Writers Guild of America award for adapted screenplay for seagoing drama “Captain Phillips” and Spike Jonze took the trophy for original screenplay for futuristic romancer “Her.”

The top TV awards went to the final season of “Breaking Bad,” which won both the drama series and drama episode trophies. HBO’s “Veep” won the comedy series award while “30 Rock” took the episodic comedy award and Netflix’s “House of Cards” copped the new series trophy.

Ray won over Tracy Letts for “August: Osage County,” Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for “Before Midnight,” Peter Berg for “Lone Survivor” and Terence Winter for the adapted screenplay for “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Ray’s screenplay was based on the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea” by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. Tom Hanks portrayed Phillips in the movie — a
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The Winners Of The 66th Annual Writers Guild Of America Awards

Tonight, the Writers Guild of America presented their awards for excellence in film and television for 2013. All eyes were on their top two categories, Original Screenplay and Adapted Screenplay, and while the former went to Spike Jonze’s incredible Her as expected, the latter went to Billy Ray’s Captain Phillips, which was completely out of the blue.

Her was widely expected to win due to its immense popularity throughout awards season, taking 20 screenplay wins from groups such as the HFPA and Bfca. However, Captain Phillips was a complete surprise given that it had not managed to win a single screenplay award prior to tonight, but as I’ve said before, it was going to be hard to tell which nominee was the favorite given the fact that the disqualified 12 Years a Slave has been the clear frontrunner throughout the season. However, it’s still quite shocking that Before Midnight
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Writers Guild of America Nominees

The winners of the Writers Guild of America awards will be announced in simultaneous ceremonies Saturday in Los Angeles and New York. The nominees:

Screen Nominees

Original Screenplay

American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures

Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros. Winner

Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company

Before Midnight, Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Pictures Classics

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures Winner

Lone Survivor, Written by
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Writers Guild of America Nominees

The winners of the Writers Guild of America awards will be announced in simultaneous ceremonies Saturday in Los Angeles and New York. The nominees:

Screen Nominees

Original Screenplay

American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures

Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros. Winner

Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company

Before Midnight, Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Pictures Classics

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures Winner

Lone Survivor, Written by
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'Breaking Bad,' 'House of Cards' scribes earn Writer's Guild noms

'Breaking Bad,' 'House of Cards' scribes earn Writer's Guild noms
Writers for Breaking Bad and House of Cards were among those singled out for the 2014 Writers Guild Awards, which will be held on Feb. 1 in Los Angeles and New York.

The nominees are:

Drama Series:

Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

The Good Wife, Written by Meredith Averill, Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Jacqueline Hoyt, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Erica Shelton Kodish, Matthew Montoya, J.C. Nolan, Luke Schelhaas, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Craig Turk, Julie Wolfe; CBS

Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, William E. Bromell, Alexander Cary,
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‘House Of Cards’, ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Among Writers Guild’s TV Nominees

Los Angeles and New York – The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2013 season. The winners will be honored at the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Television Nominees Drama Series Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC The Good Wife, Written by Meredith Averill, Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Jacqueline Hoyt, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Erica Shelton Kodish, Matthew Montoya, J.C. Nolan, Luke Schelhaas, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Craig Turk, Julie Wolfe; CBS Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, William E. Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Barbara Hall, Patrick Harbinson, Chip Johannessen, Meredith Stiehm, Charlotte Stoudt, James Yoshimura; Showtime House Of Cards,
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Digging up famous TV farewells: 'Six Feet Under'

Digging up famous TV farewells: 'Six Feet Under'
In its last TV season, "Six Feet Under" wasn't nominated at the Emmys for Best Drama Series, but it nonetheless reaped nine bids, seven of them related to the finale episode, which was recently discussed at the Vancouver International Film Festival where executive producer/writer Rick Cleveland chatted with someone under a lot of pressure to deliver a great TV farewell: "Breaking Bad" executive producer/writer Peter Gould. The finale of "Six Feet Under" is widely considered to be one of TV's best ever. Especially hailed was its final montage that skips through time to depict each of the cast members' deaths. That idea "came from a very deep-seeded self-loathing," explained Cleveland at a panel discussion. It turns out that the "Six Feet Under" writers were exhausted by the repetitiveness of writing for the same characters by that point.  "We were so fed up with it by the end that we wanted to find a.
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Netflix definitely wants a third season of House Of Cards

Suggesting that it kind of likes getting Emmys, Netflix has made it clear that it intends to keep its critically acclaimed breakout hit House Of Cards going beyond its original two-season order. Though that may sound like an obvious plan, the sort that probably doesn’t even need explaining in a fourth wall-breaking monologue that makes use of folksy Southern analogies, it wasn’t always as straightforward as a hound dog huntin’ for a soup bone. Netflix only locked the cast and crew down for 26 episodes, and recently co-executive producer Rick Cleveland had even said he believed the series ...
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Talks Underway For Third Season Of 'House Of Cards' After All

Earlier this month, producer Rick Cleveland, speaking at the Vancouver International Film Festival, caused a bit of a minor stir when he suggested that Netflix's award-winning political series “House of Cards" wasn't going to last past a second season. Why? He claimed stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright liked making movies too much to stay locked into a TV schedule. But it turns out, Cleveland was hardly an authority to speak on behalf of the show. As Today found out, Cleveland was actually fired from "House Of Cards" after the first season, so needless to say, his opinion suddenly carries far less weight. And now, he's actually been clearly refuted by execs at Netflix. The company's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos delivered the keynote over the weekend at the 9th Annual Film Independent Forum and cleared the air about "House Of Cards." “Our intent is that the show keep going for sure,
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Talks Underway For Third Season Of 'House Of Cards' After All

Earlier this month, producer Rick Cleveland, speaking at the Vancouver International Film Festival, caused a bit of a minor stir when he suggested that Netflix's award-winning political series “House of Cards" wasn't going to last past a second season. Why? He claimed stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright liked making movies too much to stay locked into a TV schedule. But it turns out, Cleveland was hardly an authority to speak on behalf of the show. As Today found out, Cleveland was actually fired from "House Of Cards" after the first season, so needless to say, his opinion suddenly carries far less weight. And now, he's actually been clearly refuted by execs at Netflix. The company's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos delivered the keynote over the weekend at the 9th Annual Film Independent Forum and cleared the air about "House Of Cards." “Our intent is that the show keep going for sure,
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