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Danny Moder, Julia Roberts, Robert Greenblatt and Derek Hough are among the list of honorees for this year’s Glsen Respect Awards – Los Angeles, the annual ceremony celebrating those whose charitable efforts elevated causes important to the Lgbt communities and others.
Moder and Roberts will receive the Humanitarian Award for their commitment to, and support of, philanthropic endeavors to causes like Glsen, Unicef, Heal the Bay, Stand Up to Cancer, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and others. The two are also Emmy nominees this year for their work in HBO’s adaptation of “The Normal Heart,” which is set during the early days of the AIDS epidemic.
The Chairman’s Award will be presented to Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, who has delivered programming featuring many characters and storylines that have been prominent in the Lgbtq community. Most notably, Greenblat served as executive producer on the long-running HBO drama “Six Feet Under, »
- Shelli Weinstein
Talk about a power couple: Julia Roberts and husband Danny Moder will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network for their work in The Normal Heart. Roberts starred in and Moder was the director of photography for the HBO film, which earned rave reviews for adapting Larry Kramer's 1985 play about the early years of the AIDS epidemic. The TV movie is also up for 11 Emmy Awards at Monday's ceremony. The husband and wife will receive the Glsen Humanitarian Award for their contributions on- and off-screen, from raising awareness about HIV in The Normal Heart to helping global charities like Unicef, »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
That ticking sound you hear is not the Tic Toc Croc, but something far more ominous: Time running out on the casting of Peter Pan Live! Ppl! (not to be confused with Pll) is down to the wire on casting, needing to lock in actors as the rehearsal dates are, well, apparently, here. NBC president Bob Greenblatt previously said rehearsals would begin Aug. 5 and...Yikes! The cast is far from full. So far, only three roles have been cast: Allison Williams as Peter, Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and Christian Boyle as Smee/Father Darling. Not a peep yet about Wendy, Michael, John, Tiger Lily, Nana, etc… But fear not! We are here to help. And so are you. We've put together the »
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "The Mysteries of Laura" (NBC) The Pitch: I'll go with NPR's Linda Holmes on this one: "CopMom MomCop." Quick Response: "The Mysteries of Laura" is a broad cop drama, a broad family drama and a broad character-driven comedy all squished together. In order to achieve the absolute peak of its potential value, this premise needed a director with a genuine mastery of tones, somebody gifted with each of those sides. I think a Mimi Leder or a Tommy Schlamme or somebody from the "Shameless" factory could have made that side of things work (even if the script still would have been weak). Instead, "Mysteries of Laura" got McG and the resulting pilot is just an amorphous and ludicrous blob of hammy inconsistency centered around a performance from Debra Messing that's best described as "Robert Greenblatt loves Debra Messing, but Robert Greenblatt doesn't quite get what Debra Messing does well. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Producers Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer did some press recently for NBC's "Constantine," their upcoming series adaptation of DC Comics' supernatural title "Hellblazer" starring Matt Ryan as John Constantine. They told io9 that their main aim was to go "straight back to the source material". Goyer says they're not adapting any one specific storyline, but they will "be sort of weaving in and out of them" and suggests they might even for a version of the Dangerous Habits storyline down the line (around season three or four should it get that far).
The first season though will be heavily inspired by Constantine first appearance in "Swamp Thing". Cerone says: "That's when we're meeting him in our series. In fact, the American Gothic storyline heavily inspires our first season arc, so all the things that happen to Constantine over the course of the thirty-year run in the comics, it's all ahead of him. »
- Garth Franklin
The Television Critics Assn. recently wrapped up ts annual two-week-long press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, with the nets trotting out their latest and greatest for the jaded press corps. As several key trends emerged for the new season, some networks were clearly at the top of their game, while others might need to polish their spin.
With shows like “Cristela” and “Black-ish,” ABC’s Paul Lee earned praise for his lineup’s ethnic and racial diversity (“It is a mission statement to reflect America,” Lee said), while CBS’ Nina Tassler got hammered for her primetime schedule’s lack thereof. “We don’t look at fall as the defining mark of giving us our diversity quota,” she said, pointing to programming including “Extant,” which stars Halle Berry, and daytime’s multiculti “The Talk.”
HBO (99 total) and FX (45, most for a basic cable net) crowed about their Emmy nomination haul (well, »
- Debra Birnbaum
A funny thing happened this pilot season. Or rather, a funny thing didn’t.
The networks turned out a handful of multi-cams with laugh tracks — or sweetened live studio audience recordings, as they like to refer to them.
Whatever you call it, it’s like nails on a chalkboard to me. And I know I’m not alone.
I love to laugh. Just don’t tell me when to do it.
This isn’t a rant against multi-cams: I adore “The Big Bang Theory,” and barely notice the audio. Maybe it’s because I’m laughing. Or maybe it’s because the show is actually — wait for it — funny.
And as a child of the ’70s and ’80s, I grew up on a steady diet of sitcoms. “Mash.” “Cheers.” “Happy Days.” “The Cosby Show.”
It’s not the format I have a problem with. It’s the humor, or the lack of faith in it. »
- Debra Birnbaum
In an official statement, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt says: "We couldn't be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan. She's a lovely rising star on the award-winning show 'Girls' -- where she occasionally shows off her incredible vocal talent -- and we think she will bring the perfect blend of 'boyish' vulnerability and bravado to save the day against Christopher Walken's powerful Captain Hook."
Executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron add: "Allison Williams is a major find. She will reinvent the iconic role of Peter Pan with her wit, her warmth, her dynamic flying and her wonderful musical abilities. The score will be sung beautifully and introduced to a whole new generation of families."
Williams has also »
- Garth Franklin
Prepare to fly away to Neverland!
— NBC (@nbc) July 30, 2014
Williams will be joined by Christopher Walken, who will play Captain Hook in the TV musical. She expressed her excitement by posting the cutest Instagram of herself as a young Peter Pan with the caption: "Thrilled to be playing Peter Pan live on NBC in December. I've been rehearsing for a Really long time."
There has been a long history of girls playing the title role in "Peter Pan," so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that NBC's "Peter Pan Live!" has found its leading lady on HBO's "Girls." NBC announced on Wednesday (July 30) morning that Allison Williams will play Peter Pan in the network's second live musical, which will air on December 4. Williams will appear opposite Christopher Walken, who was previously cast as the nefarious Captain Hook. "Allison Williams is a major find," blurb executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. "She will reinvent the iconic role of Peter Pan with her wit, her warmth, her dynamic flying and her wonderful musical abilities. The score will be sung beautifully and introduced to a whole new generation of families." Adds NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, "We couldn’t be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan. She’s a lovely rising star on the »
- Daniel Fienberg
“We couldn’t be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “She’s a lovely rising star on the award-winning show ‘Girls’ — where she occasionally shows off her incredible vocal talent — and we think she will bring the perfect blend of ‘boyish’ vulnerability and bravado to save the day against Christopher Walken’s powerful Captain Hook.”
“Allison Williams is a major find,” said executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “She will reinvent the iconic role of Peter Pan with her wit, her warmth, her dynamic flying and her wonderful musical abilities. The score will be sung beautifully and introduced to a whole new generation of families.”
“I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, »
- Laura Prudom
The live musical will be broadcast on Thursday, Dec. 4.
“We couldn’t be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “She’s a lovely rising star on the award-winning show Girls — where she occasionally shows off her incredible vocal talent — and we think she will bring the perfect blend of ‘boyish’ vulnerability and bravado to save the day against Christopher Walken’s powerful Captain Hook.”
Said Williams of »
She’ll join previously announced star Christopher Walken as the elegant Captain Hook in the Dec. 4 telecast.
“I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true,” said Williams in a press statement. “It’s such an honor to be a part of this adventure, and I’m very excited to get to work with this extraordinarily talented team. »
- Marc Snetiker
Allison Williams Cast In 'Peter Pan'
“We couldn’t be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan,” Greenblatt said. “She’s a lovely rising star on the award-winning show Girls — where she occasionally shows off her incredible vocal talent — and we think she will bring the perfect blend of ‘boyish’ vulnerability and bravado to save the day against Christopher Walken’s powerful Captain Hook.”
"Allison Williams is a major find," added executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who also produced NBC’s Sound of Music Live musical event starring Carrie Underwood. "She will reinvent the iconic role of Peter Pan with her wit, »
Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno will return to NBC this week to mentor comedians on “Last Comic Standing.” As the five final comics face off Thursday, Leno will provide counsel on the ins and out of stand-up. Host J.B. Smoove introduces Leno to the comics by telling them they're about to meet “one of the funniest comedians in the world.” Also read: Jay Leno Gets Animated for Disney Xd's ‘Phineas and Ferb’ (Exclusive Photo) Leno continued to perform standup regularly even while hosting “The Tonight Show” each night for two decades. NBC entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt has said he hopes Leno. »
- Tim Molloy
Peter Sarsgaard and Mary-Louise Parker have been cast in NBC's domestic drama miniseries “The Slap,” about the fallout from a child being slapped at a party. NBC announced in January that the miniseries will run for eight episodes. It is based on a novel by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas that was previously adapted as an Australian miniseries. Also read: Christopher Walken to Play Tap-Dancing Captain Hook in ‘Peter Pan Live’ Sarsgaard appeared recently in AMC and Netflix's “The Killing,” while Parker starred in Showtime's “Weeds.” NBC entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt, who was previously at Showtime, helped develop and supervise the dramedy “Weeds. »
- Tim Molloy
Yes, you read that title right. Christopher Walken has been cast as the villainous Captain Hook in a new Peter Pan musical being developed by NBC! I've got to admit that I'm kind of shocked by this news. I never thought in million years that Walken would ever play a character like this, especially on a TV series. It's pretty damn awesome though! Walken is going to be amazing… as always. Here's what the actor had to say in a statement:
"I started my career in musicals and it’s wonderful after all this time, at this point in my career, to be in this classic musical I watched as a child and to work with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan again after Hairspray. It’s a chance to put on my tap shoes again."
"He's one of »
- Joey Paur
NBC officially expelled Community back in May, canceling the eccentric cult comedy after its fifth season. Fans rallied to keep the series on the air with a web campaign based on the mantra "six seasons and a movie," but the network wasn't interested in heeding those audience demands. According to entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, the decision to pass came down to ratings, plain and simple.
'Community' and the Best TV of 2014 So Far
"That sixth season thing was created by them — I’m surprised they didn’t say '10 seasons and a movie, »
NBC scored a surprise hit last December with The Sound of Music Live!, which starred Carrie Underwood in a live presentation of the classic musical. The Sound of Music has been popular for decades, but in the social media age, it was irresistible to viewers who wanted to tweet along with the program. The network will try to repeat that success when they air Peter Pan Live! this December. They've also landed a big hook for Hook: Christopher Walken. The program will reunite the actor with executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who worked with Walken on Hairspray. The rest of the special has yet to be cast, but Walken alone might be more than enough to get viewers in front of their TV sets with the Twitter app at the ready. Hit the jump for the press release. Peter Pan Live! will air December 3rd. Here's the press release: Universal City, »
- Matt Goldberg
NBC's presentation at the Television Critics Association's 2014 Summer press tour took place on Sunday, and we were on hand to get all the juicy details on the network's fall schedule. We learned a few goodies about highly-anticipated new shows "Constantine" and "State of Affairs," plus, new info on the Emmys, their upcoming live musical, and more.
1. Walken the Plank?
Perhaps the biggest news of the day was the announcement that Christopher Walken has landed the role of Captain Hook in the live musical version of "Peter Pan" -- an event planned for a December 4th airing. The actor "will be the first tap dancing Captain Hook you've ever seen," according to NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt.
2. A Maya Rudolph show isn't off the table
There may be more Maya Rudolph coming to the network in the future. Her "Maya Rudolph Show" special was considered an "imperfect first episode" and she »
- Alana Altmann
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