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'Nashville' Might Sound Very Different Next Season ...

'Nashville' Might Sound Very Different Next Season ...
There's more drama in "Nashville"! The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively that executive music producer T Bone Burnett will not be returning for Season 2 of ABC drama "Nashville."

Burnett was credited with overseeing more than 100 original songs for the show, as well as producing or co-producing dozens of original songs in its first season. Buddy Miller, Burnett's producing and composing partner from Season 1, will now take over the role.

This isn't the first hiccup for the Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere-led ABC series -- the only freshman drama to receive a second season from the network -- but it might be the most noticeable, both for viewers and the cast and creator.

"That's part of what excited me about the show was the challenge of singing," star Connie Britton told The Huffington Post in a video interview before the show premiered. "I can tell you for sure that I
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Backstage Drama Leads To 'Nashville' Changes

Backstage Drama Leads To 'Nashville' Changes
"Nashville" has the dubious honor of being the only freshman ABC drama to receive a Season 2 pickup, but according to Deadline, there will be some changes when the show returns in the fall.

Line producer Loucas George and production supervisor Don Bensko, along with their team on the ground in Nashville, did not have their contracts renewed for a second season, and were reportedly never notified by the studio. This prompted Bensko's wife Micaela to pen an impassioned open letter to the entertainment industry, noting the long hours, production delays and behind-the-scenes friction between executives in Los Angeles and those creating the show in Nashville:

You know you've made it in Hollywood, when a studio replaces your team, and doesn't even bother to call ...

Nashville was a town unrigged for the immediacy of needs by a television series. Lionsgate had never done a network series. It had a star who worried,
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ABC’s ‘Nashville’ Undergoes Production Changes Heading Into Second Season

Nashville became the only ABC freshman drama to get a renewal after spending most of the spring on the bubble. And now that Season 2 is a go, the show will undergo some changes. For now, they appear to be limited to the production/post-production areas. Line producer Loucas George, who ran the operation on the ground in Nashville, where the series is filmed, announced on Twitter shortly after the renewal 10 days ago that his contract had not been renewed. That also applies to his team, including production supervisor Don Bensko, as the new line producer is expected to bring in his/her crew. Changes on Nashville were expected following a rocky freshman season, with the show going through growing pains and struggling with its creative direction as well as the ratings. I’ve reported accounts of tension between co-producers ABC Studios and Lionsgate and other behind-the-scene issues, including star Connie Britton
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Emmerich Gets Into Low-Budget "Zone"

"Independence Day," "2012" and "The Day After Tomorrow" director Roland Emmerich is set to churn out another film in the sci-fi disaster genre with "The Zone" says the trades.

Shoot in the 'found footage' pseudo-documentary style ala "Cloverfield" and "Paranormal Activity", the story revolves around an alien invasion and will utilise a cast with relative unknowns improvising much of their performances.

The two lead characters will be a haggard middle-aged TV journalist and his young 20-something cameraman. Unlike Emmerich's previous mega-budget films, 'Zone' will be shot for just $5 million.

Guillaume Tunzini penned the script and Loucas George is a producer. Shooting kicks off in November and Sony Pictures is expected (but not confirmed) to distribute.
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Roland Emmerich to Make Small-Budgeted Alien Invasion Movie

Roland Emmerich is reportedly making another alien invasion movie after 1996 "Independence Day". According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the German filmmaker is secretly prepping to shoot "The Zone" which will be made with only $5 million budget.

"The Zone" allegedly will be in the same vein of Matt Reeves' "Cloverfield", being presented in found footage with relatively unknown cast. Plot details of the improv-based movie are not yet known but rumor has it two leads have just been cast, "one playing a haggard journalist in his 40s or 50s, the other a black man in his early to mid 20's, the cameraman."

THR further reports Sony will distribute the movie as a negative pick-up. French writer-director Guillaume Tunzini reportedly writes the script while Loucas George serves as a producer. Production could start in mid-November.

Roland Emmerich is currently in post-production of "Anonymous", which is set for September 23, 2011 release in the U.
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HBO ready for 'Road' show, 'Treatment'

HBO has picked up to series Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's one-hour comedy "12 Miles of Bad Road", starring Lily Tomlin, and the half-hour drama "In Treatment", starring Gabriel Byrne and executive produced by Mark Wahlberg.

The premium cable network has ordered 40 episodes of "Treatment", from Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, who also executive produce HBO's "Entourage". The number of episodes for "Road" is yet to be determined.

"Road", from "Designing Women" creator Bloodworth-Thomason, stars Tomlin as the matriarch of a wealthy Texas family whose real estate business and absurd wealth complicate the simplest family matters.

The hourlong pilot was directed by Michael Engler. HBO's brass considered turning the project into a 30-minute series but decided to keep the format intact.

The pilot, which HBO Entertainment produced in association with Mozark Prods., co-starred Gary Cole, Mary Kay Place, Katherine LaNasa, Kim Dickens, Eliza Coupe, Leslie Jordan, Ivana Milicevic, David Andrews, Sean Bridgers, Texas Battle and Cameron Richardson.

Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason executive produced the pilot, with Loucas George and Doug Jackson serving as producers.

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