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‘Allegiance’ Is Not ‘The Americans’, Creators Say – TCA

16 January 2015 11:25 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Director/writer/showrunner George Nolfi and stars Hope Davis, Scott Cohen, Gavin Stenhouse and Margarita Levieva made that clear about NBC’s new spy drama during today’s TCA panel. Allegiance centers around a young CIA analyst (Stenhouse) specializing in Russian affairs, who discovers that his parents are former Russian spies that have been re-enlisted to plan a terrorist attack against the United States. A family of spies in the USA? It's no surprise that Nolfi was asked… »

- Denise Petski

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NBC’s ‘Allegiance’ Cast and Ep Dismiss ‘Americans’ Comparisons

16 January 2015 11:17 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC’s upcoming drama “Allegiance” — which premieres Feb. 5 — centers around a seemingly normal American family whose parents are secretly Russian spies. If that sounds a lot like FX’s “The Americans” to you, you’re not alone. But the cast of the show and executive producer George Nolfi did their best to distance their show from the FX offering during the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Friday.

“Watch one or two episodes, and I think it’s pretty clear that we’re going in a very different direction,” Nolfi offered. “This is fundamentally a family drama about »

- Tim Kenneally

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TCA: NBC’s “Allegiance” is not “The Americans” … maybe

16 January 2015 10:58 AM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

NBC’s TCA panel for upcoming spy drama Allegiance (Thursdays beginning FEb. 5), starring Hope Davis, Scott Cohen, Gavin Stenhouse and Margarita Levieva, didn’t do much to quell the notion that the show is too similar to FX’s The Americans. Given the lukewarm reception to NBC’s other spy drama, State of Affairs, we’re thinking Allegiance‘s cover will get blown quickly. Now onstage at #TCA: cast of upcoming NBC spy thriller series #Allegiance, Israeli import with similarities to FX’s The Americans. — Channel Guide (@ChannelGuide) January 16, 2015 “Allegiance” Ep George Nolfi says difference between this show and FX’s “The Americans” will … Continue reading →

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- Ryan Berenz

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Allegiance vs. The Americans: How Is NBC's Russian Spy Drama Is Different?

16 January 2015 10:57 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Is NBC’s upcoming Allegiance just a contemporary, broadcast TV take on The Americans?

Nyet, says the executive producer of the new drama, which centers around a young, idealistic CIA analyst (played by Gavin Stenhouse of the UK’s Iconicles) who is unaware that his parents (Gilmore GirlsScott Cohen and The Newsroom‘s Hope Davis) as well as his sister (Revenge‘s Margarita Levieva) are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has just been reactivated.

“Watch one or two episodes [of Allegiance] and I think it’s pretty clear that we’re going in a different direction,” Ep »

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Film Review: ‘Wild Card’

14 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

To pinpoint the appeal of British B-movie bruiser Jason Statham, one need look no further than the place where the ball of Statham’s foot, the crown of his head, or the bend of his elbow makes sudden, bone-shattering contact with some lesser specimen of the human gene pool. Such collisions, alas, are too few and far between in “Wild Card,” a serviceable Vegas neo-noir that carries an unusually tony pedigree for a Statham vehicle (in the form of Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman), but lacks the amped-up Looney Tunes mayhem of the “Transporter” and “Crank” franchises. Lionsgate is wisely betting low on this Jan. 30 release, with a limited theatrical run and a more aggressive VOD push.

Wild Card” represents the second attempt by Goldman (“All the President’s Men,” “The Princess Bride”) and producer Cassian Elwes to fashion a movie from the writer’s 1985 paperback potboiler, “Heat,” about the various entanglements of one Nick Escalante, »

- Scott Foundas

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7 Chances to Land a Role

9 January 2015 1:44 PM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Check out these seven casting notices from this week on Backstage! “The Book Of Mormon” Latter Day TOURThis smash hit is casting Mormon and African male dancers as well as female African dancers for future replacements in the currently touring Latter Day Tour production. Auditions for this Equity production are Jan. 26 in New York City.  NBC’S “Allegiance”Starring Hope Davis, this show about a CIA analyst in crisis is seeking a female Hispanic high school student (aged 16–18) based in New York to pose for a “very featured photo still.” Please note the picture is meant to be circa 2005 so actors with “modern haircuts” will not be considered. “The Rover”An Equity production running Oct. 22–Nov. 22 in California is casting dozens of roles for this play that pays $380/wk. Auditions are Feb. 9 in Berkeley, Calif. with rehearsals beginning Sept. 1. “Dirty Grandpa”Starring Zac Efron and Robert De Niro, this feature »

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