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Cannes, France — Marion Edwards, president of international at Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, received the inaugural Variety Vanguard Award at the Mipcom TV conference Tuesday. The award recognizes individuals who make great contributions to the growth of the global television business. Edwards, who has been a Fox exec for 24 years, will step down from her post at year’s end.
The award presentation at Cannes’ Palais des Festivals was followed by an onstage interview with Henry Chu, Variety’s Europe bureau chief. At the start of the event, Fox showed a video in which some of the executives and producers she’s worked with over her 40-year career shared their thoughts about the contribution Edwards has made to the industry.
Those contributing to the video-reel included Dana Walden and Gary Newman, the joint chairmen and CEOs at Fox Television Group, Jim Gianopulos, until last month the chairman/CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, Howard Gordon »
- Leo Barraclough
Cannes, France — The ghost of Jack Bauer haunted the Palais des Festivals’ Grand Auditorium in Cannes on Monday evening as Kiefer Sutherland talked in a masterclass Q & A about his new fall series, “Designated Survivor.”
“24” was a constant reference for Sutherland and for the audience, which created him with whoops of applause. But the crowd fell silent when Sutherland reflected on the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
“This has been the most bizarre and unfortunate political election cycle that I have ever witnessed in my lifetime, and I still remember Watergate. It is so negative, so polarizing and polarized,” Sutherland said.
In contrast, though it is make-believe, “Designated Survivor” has a point of view “from left, center and right,” Sutherland said, “discussed factually, correctly, calmly, and intelligently” – one of the reasons he agreed to do the show.
Bowing solidly on ABC on Sept. 21, then notching up TV’s best-ever Live+7 ratings gain, “Designated Survivor »
- John Hopewell
However, that doesn’t mean fans won’t be seeing at least one familiar face from the original “24”: Carlos Bernard will be making an appearance as Tony Almeida, “24: Legacy” producers revealed Saturday at New York Comic Con.
“He was out washing cars,” Coto joked.
The Almeida character hasn’t been seen in the original “24”-verse since 2009, when he was sent to prison. However, there was a special short shot just for the DVD edition of the “24: Live Another Day” in which Tony manages to escape, laying the groundwork for his appearance on “Legacy.”
“I think Almeida’s going to shake some things up,” “24: »
- Oriana Schwindt
Back-to-back “Homeland” panels in New York this week offered a few tidbits about plans for season six and insight into the behind-the-scenes vibe on the set as Carrie Mathison and Co. settle in for the NYC-based season that bows Jan. 15.
Here’s what we learned after spending quality time Oct. 5-6 with actors Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, F. Murray Abraham, showrunner Alex Gansa and exec producers Lesli Linka Glatter and Howard Gordon.
Quinn is alive enough to undergo therapy in New York City. Danes told the crowd at Paleyfest: Made in NY on Oct. 6 that “Carrie is in New York largely because Quinn is receiving therapy here.” That would seem to bode well for the survival chances of Carrie’s semi-regular love interest (played by Rupert Friend), who ended season five seemingly on the wrong end of a coma. Danes’ comment produced gasps of joy from the Quinn-loving crowd. Abraham, who »
- Cynthia Littleton
The “Homeland” team is famous for doing their homework.
Producers and core cast members take a field trip to Washington, D.C. every year to connect with key players in the intelligence and national security community. Those meetings help set the tone and the storyline for the Showtime drama that has been remarkably — sometimes eerily — prescient about developments in the war on terror over its five seasons to date.
This year, part of “Homeland’s” fact-finding mission was a visit to the National September 11 Memorial Museum, erected on the site in lower Manhattan where the World Trade Center towers once stood.
“Homeland” showrunner Alex Gansa, exec producer Howard Gordon and star Mandy Patinkin brought family members and a few friends along for the Oct. 5 tour led by museum president and CEO Joe Daniels. The close-up look at twisted steel girders and other artifacts from the devastation was a searing experience for the group, as »
- Cynthia Littleton
The production schedule has been adjusted for the sixth season of the Homeland TV show on Showtime, Deadline reports. Rupert Friend who is in the first two episodes of season six, directed by Keith Gordon, broke a bone in his right ankle. According to the report, Friend did not injure himself on the job, but the injury is related to two earlier on-set instances, when he rolled his ankle, while shooting seasons four and five.Executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter -- slated to direct the third and fourth episodes -- will shoot scenes from her episodes, to work around Friend's injury. Created by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, the counter-terrorism drama also stars Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin. Homeland season six is still set to premiere »
Comic-Con is hitting New York City once again this year for the annual Nycc, and television is taking over. Tons of fan-favorite shows — including the new “24,” “Archer,” the hotly anticipated “Legion” and many more — are heading to the four-day fest, which takes place in the Big Apple from October 6 through October 9. Variety is keeping track of all the TV screenings and panels in one handy master list, so bookmark this page to stay up-to-date as the networks and studios set their schedules for the event. We will be updating frequently.
Thursday, Oct. 6
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” (Starz) — 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Hammerstein Ballroom
Stars Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lee Majors and Ted Raimi discuss the hit series and preview what’s to come this season. Attendees will also see the premiere of episode 2.
“Comic Book Men” (AMC) — 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m »
- Arya Roshanian
The series finale of Tyrant aired just last night, but could it continue elsewhere? Recently, Deadline spoke with executive producer Howard Gordon about the future of the cancelled FX series.The drama followed the story of an unassuming American family that’s drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. The cast included Adam Rayner, Ashraf Barhom, Moran Atias, Jennifer Finnigan, Anne Winters, and Noah Silver.Read More… »
Spoiler Alert: This story contains details of tonight's Tyrant series finale on FX. Nearly two years and two months after it debuted on FX, the reign of Tyrant came to an end with tonight's Season 3 finale titled "Two Graves." Earlier today, FX boss John Landgraf pulled the plug on the Middle East-set political family drama from executive producers Howard Gordon, Chris Keyser, Gideon Raff and Avi Nir with a lament. “The creators of Tyrant have done their utmost over three… »
Tyrant Season 3, however, has been something completely different, and FX knows it. They made the decision not to move forward with a fourth season.
The story was focused on the youngest son of a powerful Middle Eastern family returning from America, American wife and children in tow, to take his rightful place in the family, even if he didn't realize that's what he really intended to do.
It was compelling stuff. But the lead never quite found his place in the show.
As a result, big changes were made coming into Season 3 and they didn't necessarily sit well with viewers. While the series has never scored high ratings, what it did have was a solid and loyal fan base.
- Carissa Pavlica
FX has cancelled “Tyrant” after three seasons, with the show set to conclude after tonight’s Season 3 finale, the cable network announced Wednesday.
“It’s very difficult to find common ground with other people whose stories we do not know or understand,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. “The creators of ‘Tyrant’ have done their utmost over three seasons to tell American audiences a tiny fraction of the many gripping, human stories coursing through the Middle East today. We want to thank Howard Gordon, Chris Keyser and their talented team of collaborators, including all the writers, directors, cast and crew, as well as our studio partners at Fox 21 Television Studios, for taking on ‘Tyrant’s’ tremendously ambitious story with such profound dedication and respect.”
- Laura Prudom
FX has canceled “Tyrant,” meaning the series will officially conclude this evening with the Season 3 finale. “It’s very difficult to find common ground with other people whose stories we do not know or understand,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions, in a statement. “The creators of ‘Tyrant’ have done their utmost over three seasons to tell American audiences a tiny fraction of the many gripping, human stories coursing through the Middle East today. We want to thank Howard Gordon, Chris Keyser and their talented team of collaborators, including all the writers, directors, cast and crew, »
- Tony Maglio
Tyrant’s reign on FX will come to an end this Wednesday night at 10/9c, with its Season 3 finale doubling as a likely series finale.
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In announcing the drama’s end on the cabler, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said in a statement, “The creators of Tyrant have done their utmost over three seasons to tell American audiences a tiny fraction of the many gripping, human stories coursing through the Middle East today. We want to thank Howard Gordon, Chris Keyser and their talented team of collaborators, »
After three seasons, Tyrant‘s saga of the ruling Al-Fayeed family of the fictional nation of Abuddin is coming to an end — tonight and forever. FX said today that the Middle East-set drama created by Gideon Raff and developed by Howard Gordon and Craig Wright will end its run with Wednesday’s Season 3 finale. "It's very difficult to find common ground with other people whose stories we do not know or understand," said FX boss John Landgraf today in a statement. "The… »
When CIA station chief Allison Carr (Miranda Otto) attempts to flee Berlin, she employs the same tradecraft as the woman responsible for her capture. In “The Litvinov Ruse,” from the fifth season of Showtime’s “Homeland,” as we watch Allison, a Russian mole, cross crowded intersections and weave through the Hauptbahnhof—each image an emblem of the state’s omnipresent surveillance—Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) recognizes the work of a fellow professional. Allison ditches her phone and twice switches platforms, Otto’s impassive face reflecting the interlude’s restraint: As a German agent remarks, “She’s a very cool customer,” and it’s this sense of control that defines “Homeland” itself.
Read More: How ‘Homeland’ Star Mirando Otto Dug Into Juicy Women’s Role
Five years on from its acclaimed debut, having abandoned the absurdities of Carrie’s relationship with Sgt. Nicholas Brody, “Homeland” has become a series of slighter ambition and more assured execution, »
- Matt Brennan
Ahead of its November 2nd premiere on Wgn America, Salem Season 3 is teased in new character portraits featuring faces both familiar and new.
Press Release: Los Angeles, August 25, 2016 – In anticipation of the season three premiere of Wgn America’s hit supernatural thriller “Salem,” the network has released character portraits featuring the twisted and sexy cast, including the first-look at Samuel Roukin who portrays The Sentinel, a fallen angel and protector of the Devil boy (Oliver Bell). Season three of “Salem” will debut Halloween Week, Wednesday, November 2.
The third season of “Salem” dawns with the triumph of the witches’ plan to remake the New World by bringing the devil to earth and making Salem his capital. But the devil is a liar, and instead of a New World free from murderous Puritan hypocrisy, his own plan will bring nothing but death and slavery with the ultimate aim of leading humanity to destroy itself. »
- Derek Anderson
Big changes are in store for Homeland. Recently, the series' showrunner and cast teased new details about the Showtime drama's upcoming sixth season, via The Hollywood Reporter.From Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, the political drama stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a CIA officer who also suffers from bipolar disorder. The cast also includes Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, F. Murray Abraham, and Sarah Sokolovic.Read More… »
“Homeland” will return to Showtime for Season 6 on Sunday, January 15 at 9 p.m., Showtime announced during their presentation at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Showtime President and CEO David Nevins also confirmed that “Homeland” had officially been renewed for Season 7 and Season 8, after previously telling reporters that the premium cabler was near a deal for a multi-season renewal in June.
Season 2 of “Billions” will premiere Sunday, February 19 at 10 p.m. Both series are currently in production in New York, marking “Homeland’s” return to the U.S. after two seasons filming on location in South Africa and Berlin.
“Homeland” stars Claire Danes, Rupert Friend, F. Murray Abraham and Mandy Patinkin. After she thwarted a terrorist attack in Berlin, Season 6 picks up several months later and finds Carrie Mathison (Danes) back on American soil, living in Brooklyn, New York. She has begun working at a foundation whose efforts are to provide aid to Muslims living in »
- Laura Prudom
As the executive producer of Showtime’s Emmy-winning “Homeland,” Alex Gansa has a more formal office on the Fox lot. But when it comes to getting the real work of his job done, he heads to the hideaway tucked behind his house in the Pacific Palisades. It’s in this bright, airy loft where he hunkers down for three hours every morning and night to write the series’ page-turning scripts. “The Internet is terrible up here, so I’m really isolated with the page and with my books,” he says. “It’s been such a sanctuary.”
Evil Does It
Through its five-season run to date, “Homeland” has a notorious lineup of villains who’ve driven the plot. When Shaun Toub, who played Javadi was being honored by an Iranian acting society, Gansa created a video presentation in his honor — hoping it might further his campaign for an Emmy guest actor nod, which »
- Debra Birnbaum
Although the door has been left open for his return, Jack Bauer fans will be disappointed to hear that Kiefer Sutherland has ruled out reprising the role of the CTU agent and terrorist killing machine for Fox’s upcoming spinoff series 24: Legacy.
“There are absolutely no plans for that,” Sutherland told Deadline when asked about the possibility of him appearing as Jack Bauer in the spinoff, which sees him serving as executive producer alongside 24 veterans Brian Grazer, Howard Gordon and showrunners.
Are you disappointed that we won’t be seeing more of Jack Bauer in 24: Legacy? Is it even 24 without him? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
See Also: Watch the first trailer for 24: Legacy
24: Legacy chronicles an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil – in the same real-time format that has propelled this genre-defining series. »
- Gary Collinson
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