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Fox is giving up on its Saturday night animated line-up, Broadcasting & Cable reported. While the younger viewers the animated block aimed for never showed, an additional issue was that Fox affiliates were frustrated by the number of complaint calls the crude humor inspired. The studio behind the Animation Domination High Def block will continue to create programming but will focus on the web.
Bret Harrison has joined the cast of the ABC drama series Astronaut Wives Club, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He’ll play the “hotshot young gun” husband of a character played by Odette Annable, who previously starred in Breaking In with Harrison.
It’s been noted elsewhere but now it’s Comcast who is saying that giving viewers a chance to bingewatch a show can help it draw new viewers who will watch new episodes as they air.
Orange is the New Black may »
- Lyle Masaki
ABC's Astronaut Wives Club is staging a Breaking In reunion. Bret Harrison has boarded the drama series from Gossip Girl's Stephanie Savage, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The 1960s-set drama tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. The series marks the first pilot Savage has written since she co-created the CW's long-running Gossip Girl with her Fake Empire cohort Josh Schwartz. The series is based on Lily Koppel's best-selling novel published last summer. Janice Williams brought the project
- Lesley Goldberg
Updated: Bret Harrison (Orange County) and Aaron McCusker (Shameless, Dexter) have been cast as series regulars in ABC’s 10-episode drama series The Astronaut Wives Club, from Fake Empire, Groundswell Productions and ABC Studios, eyed for 2015. Written by Stephanie Savage based on Lily Koppel’s book and directed by Nick Cassavetes, it tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. Harrison will play Gordon “Gordo” Cooper, one of the original astronauts. His wandering ways pushed his wife, Trudy, to the brink of divorce, but he’s convinced her to come back so he can have his shot at space. McCusker, repped by UK’s Curtis Brown and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon Entertainment, will play Wally Schirra, another one of the original astronauts who’s also a prankster. Daniel London (Minority Report, Patch Adams »
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A feature film about an Iraqi who spent years translating for U.S. Navy SEALs fighting in his country is in the works. 28 Entertainment has optioned the movie rights to the autobiography Code Name: Johnny Walker, written by the translator under the pseudonym Johnny Walker. Jim DeFelice (American Sniper) co-authored the new book, which recently debuted on The New York Times best-seller list. The project will be produced by 28 Entertainment’s Jay Hoffman, Brian A. Hoffman and Brett Harrison (Jay and Brian are father and son). Photos: Mark Wahlberg: 'Lone Survivor' Actor's Road From Movie Star to Mogul
- Pamela McClintock
28 Entertainment announced today their acquisition of the film rights to the New York Times best-selling autobiography Code Name: Johnny Walker, the true life account of a Navy SEALs translator in Iraq called upon to aid special forces troops during the insurgency. Written by the real life hero under the pseudonym "Johnny Walker," the book was co-written by Jim DeFelice (co-author of the New York Times best-seller American Sniper) and was published last week by William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins. The project will be produced by 28 Entertainment's Jay Hoffman, Brian A. Hoffman, and Brett Harrison with additional announcements to come shortly. The book recently debuted on the New York Times best-seller list as one of the top sellers on both the nonfiction Hardcover and Ebook lists.
Offering a unique perspective on the Iraq War, the memoir tells the story of one Iraqi who risked everything to fight with U. »
28 Entertainment has acquired film rights to the Navy Seals interpreter autobiography Code Name: Johnny Walker.
28 Entertainment’s Jay Hoffman, Brian A Hoffman, and Brett Harrison will produce the story of the Iraqi man’s experiences working within the Seals fold, the Us invasion and the insurgency that followed.
“This is a new and refreshing look at the situation in Iraq, from the Iraqi perspective,” said Brian and Jay Hoffman. “When we heard of Johnny’s story from SEALs who had worked with him on the battlefield, we were immediately inspired and knew we wanted to bring his story to the screen.” »
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28 Entertainment has acquired film rights to the autobiography “Code Name: Johnny Walker,” the account of a Navy Seal translator in Iraq.
The book is written by the Iraqi translator under the pseudonym “Johnny Walker” and co-written by Jim DeFelice, co-author of “American Sniper.” It was published last week by William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins.
Producers are 28 Entertainment’s Jay Hoffman, Brian A. Hoffman and Brett Harrison. The book recently debuted on the New York Times best-seller list as one of the top sellers on the nonfiction hardcover and Ebook lists.
The Iraqi translator was welcomed by the SEALs into their tight-knit ranks during the American invasion and the insurgency that followed.
“This is a new and refreshing look at the situation in Iraq, from the Iraqi perspective,” said Brian and Jay Hoffman. “When we heard of ‘Johnny’s’ story from SEALs who had worked with him on the battlefield, »
- Dave McNary
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