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9 items from 2010

Humanitas, Major TV Networks & Studios To Develop Pilots By Emerging Writers

15 November 2010 11:15 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Update: For those who inquired about application rules: Because of Humanitas' limited staff, there will be no open submission. Writers can submit scripts through their agents, any of the Humanitas board of directors or board of trustees members or other TV showrunners who want to pitch them. There is no age limit for the applicants. Previous: Humanitas is launching a New Voices initiative designed to help up-and-coming writers trying to break into the business. It includes agreements with 20th Century Fox TV, NBC Universal, CBS, ABC Studios, Lionsgate and HBO Entertainment to develop a total of twelve TV pilots by emerging writers. Each company has made blind commitments to buy two scripts, each of which will be written under the supervision of a member of Humatitas’ Board of Trustees. "We are extremely pleased with the wonderful support the industry has given the Humanitas New Voices, which pairs gifted writers with our Humanitas Trustees, »


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John Tinker Named 'Hawthorne' Showrunner

11 November 2010 7:00 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Veteran writer-producer John Tinker has joined TNT's medical drama Hawthorne. He will serve as executive producer/showrunner on the Jada Pinkett Smith-starring series' upcoming third season. Tinker replaces Glen Mazzara who ran the series fin its second season. Production on Season 3 is scheduled to being in the spring. On the Sony TV-produced Hawthorne, Tinker will serve as an executive producer alongside creator John Masius, Pinkett Smith, Miguel Melendez and Jamie Tarses. Tinker and Masius go back a long time. They worked together on St. Elsewhere, and in 1986, won an Emmy for co-writing an episode of the show with Tom Fontana. Meanwhile, Mazzara has a new project in the works with Sony TV, which received a scripted commitment from Fox. Mazzara is writing the project, a medical drama, and is executive producing with Peter Tolan. »


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'Outlaw' goes on production hiatus, oddsmakers favor Katy Perry for 'Glee'

6 October 2010 9:47 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

You want TV snacks? You can't handle TV snacks! ...No, you totally can. Here they are:

This courtroom is out of... business? (Hey-oh!) At least that's the most likely assumption given NBC's decision to put "Outlaw" production on hiatus due to languishing ratings. This doesn't mean the legal drama is technically "canceled," but barring some secret nationwide plan to start watching the series on the fourth episode, it's basically a death sentence. [Hr]

Now that "Glee's" Britney Spears episode is fading in the rear-view, folks are wondering which artist will be next to get the full treatment from the series. And if oddsmakers are to be believed, Katy Perry is the most likely. The singer tops Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey and David Bowie in a poll -- leading us to wonder if they chose the proper episode to question the existence of god. [Bookmaker]

Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson are »


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How Europe is competing with U.S. TV fare

4 October 2010 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

More Mipcom news

Cannes -- The international drama market used to be as American as apple pie. This year, however, Europe is serving up a hearty portion of big-budget, English-language, talent-heavy fare that's bringing a new flavor to the global small-screen plate.

Financed by a rainbow coalition of international investors and often with top-tier U.S. cast and showrunners to sweeten their international appeal, such fare is squarely aimed at eating up primetime terrestrial and cable slots in multiple Euro markets.

Take "Borgia." As Mipcom kicked off Monday, production began the same day on the 15th century drama from Lagardere's Atlantique Prods. and U.S. cabler Starz and financed by France's Canal Plus and Germany's Eos.

The 12-hour series inevitably will be pitted against a similarly themed project being produced and aired stateside by Showtime ("The Borgias") and licensed here by sister company CBS Studios International.

Whereas a decade ago »

- By Rebecca Leffler and Mimi Turner

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Is TV big enough for two Borgias series?

28 September 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Move over Tony Soprano, there's a new crime family in town, and they mean business.

Production kicks off Oct. 4 on Tom Fontana's "Borgia," produced by Lagardere Group's Atlantique Prods. with partners Canal Plus and Eos Entertainment. Fontana will exec produce the ambitious $30 million series, the largest-scale TV series financed solely out of Europe to date. "The Wire's" John Doman will star as family patriarch Rodrigo Borgia, the title role claimed by Jeremy Irons in Showtime's version, the similarly titled "The Borgias."

Showtime's "The Borgias" is produced by Neil Jordan, who directed the first two episodes of the nine-episode co-production with Canada's Take 5 Prods. Showtime is hoping "The Borgias" will replace "The Tudors" as their historical drama du jour and has assembled an all-star cast, including Irons, "Entourage's" Emmanuelle Chriqui, Joanne Whalley, Francois Arnaud and Holliday Grainger.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, "Borgia" is part of Canal Plus' editorial strategy to produce more "mega-films, »

- By Rebecca Leffler

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Lance Reddick: Life beyond The Wire

7 June 2010 11:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor Lance Reddick, or Lt Cedric Daniels as he is more widely known, talks about the incredible success of The Wire – and how the black community is so badly served by the entertainment industry

My feeling is that if you are lucky enough to have appeared in The Wire – readers will be tired of hearing that it is the Best Television Programme Ever Made – you should have signed a contract never to act nor appear in public ever again so I can continue to believe that you are all getting on with your complicated lives on the streets of Baltimore and not, in fact, pestering your agent to get you into Hollywood. I don't want to know that Jimmy McNulty is an Old Etonian who once fancied Samantha Cameron. I shield my eyes from stick-up man Omar Little appearing in the Incredible Hulk. And what I definitely don't want to »

- Emine Saner

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AfterElton Briefs: Return to "Oz," Jesse St. James Is Surprising, Kathy Griffin Is Back, and Is This Muppet Too Gay?

4 May 2010 3:35 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Liza Minnelli gets honored, Paris Barclay gets two honors, another homophobe caught with his pants down, and should our slogan be "Gay Is Good" again?

Happy birthday Lance Bass, who turns 31 today.

Oz creator Tom Fontana brought his cast, including Christopher Meloni (Keller) and Lee Tergesen (Beecher) together to do a reading of his on-act farce The Godfather, Part IV to benefit nonprofit theater company Primary Stages. The interview shows hints of the raunchy familiarity the show had. According to E! even Jonathan Groff was surprised at what Jesse St. James is up to on Glee. He loved the experience, but yes, he was a graduating senior.  A widely reported interview with Empire has David Duchovny saying "If he were gay" he'd go for any of the male Twlight cast, Woody Allen, or Gary Shandling. That's a weird mix of types, David. I'm not sure what organization gives out the »

- lostinmiami

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Primary Stages Fundraiser Mixes Unusual Bedfellows: 'The Godfather' and 'Oz'

22 April 2010 6:17 AM, PDT | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

Gotham's Primary Stages wraps up its 25th anniversary season with a celebrity benefit stage reading performance that will be of particular interest to those who were fans of The Godfather and Oz. (I plead guilty to both). Tom Fontana, the creative catalyst behind the HBO prison series, has written Godfather IV. He will preside over two performances, with proceeds benefitting Primary Stages and Writers Guild of America's East Foundation. Fontana is president of the latter. Playing themselves, former Oz stars Chris Meloni, Lee Tergesen and Dean Winters sit at a diner, musing about their own careers and those of screen immortals. [...] »


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Is Homicide: Life On The Street better than The Wire?

26 March 2010 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As all 122 episodes of the seminal police drama are compiled in a new box set, Jim Shelley revisits the mean streets of Homicide

The best cop show of recent times – one of the most innovative and influential dramas of all time – was set not in New York, Miami or La, but in Baltimore. It featured a squad of embattled, super (street) smart, sardonic detectives fighting against the drug dealing and killing blitzing their beloved city. This series stemmed from the pen of the godlike David Simon and was as literate, funny and deep as television could be. But it was not The Wire. It was Homicide: Life On The Street.

Homicide: Life On The Street was even better than The Wire. Yeah – as Chris Rock likes to cry defiantly – I said it! The show ran for seven seasons on NBC from 1993 to 1999, making the new box set a glorious 122 episodes »

- Jim Shelley

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