20 items from 2016
Two working mothers bonded about how they balance career and family, dealing with “mommy guilt” and the rules they set for themselves. There are no easy answers to any of those questions, even if you’re named Jennifer Lopez and Felicity Huffman. During their revealing conversation at Variety’s “Actors on Actors” studio, the stars of NBC’s “Shades of Blue” and ABC’s “American Crime” also talked about the challenges of playing complex characters who may not always do what’s right — and why they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Jennifer Lopez: I think that as an actor the thing you want most is to work with talented writers, directors and get great material. We’re nothing without that.
Felicity Huffman: It’s all on the page and the stage.
Lopez: It’s so challenging to do hour-long dramas. It’s probably the hardest job in our field. »
- Debra Birnbaum
De Crinis’ shift from her role as exec VP of original programming follows the restructuring that NBCU Cable Entertainment unveiled in February. As part of that shift, former Syfy and USA programming exec Bill McGoldrick was upped to an exec VP post overseeing scripted programming for four cablers: USA, Syfy, Bravo and E!
“I’m thrilled to join Universal Cable Productions and to continue to be an extension of the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment family,” said de Crinis. “I am so proud of the work we have done over the last 16 years at USA, but I have always wanted to produce my own projects. The time was finally right.”
During her long run at USA, de Crinis was a key member of the team »
- Cynthia Littleton
Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls” revival will stage a “Parenthood” reunion with Mae Whitman set to make an appearance. Also in today’s TV news round-up, an actor from “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” has been cast in a comedy pilot . . .
Though details on Whitman’s cameo appearance are being kept under wraps, TVLine, which first broke the news, reports she will share a “really fun (albeit small) moment with Graham” that will please “Parenthood” fans. Speaking of fans, Whitman has previously made her “Gilmore Girls” obsession public with social-media posts.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
London — Pay TV network Sky has nabbed U.K. rights to police thriller “Shades of Blue,” starring Jennifer Lopez, and season four of musical drama series “Nashville.” The shows will play on the platform’s channel Sky Living.
“Nashville” will appear for the first time on Sky Living, with previous seasons having aired in the U.K. on Channel 4 niche channels More 4 and E4. Seasons one to three will be available to Sky customers via Sky Box Sets and streaming service Now TV.
The acquisitions add to Sky Living’s strong lineup of U.S. drama. The channel is already home to “Scandal,” “Elementary,” “The Blacklist,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds” and “Bones,” and most recently the U.K. premiere of “Blindspot.”
- Leo Barraclough
Nicholson will play Helen Torrance, a former big-city homicide detective who left her harrowing career to become a small-town sheriff and loving wife. However, when a gruesome crime occurs, she’s thrust back into the traumas of her past – just as she’s begun her hardest case yet: fostering a teenage boy.
Tyler Young has also joined the cast as a series regular, playing Helen’s foster son, Philip O’Brien, a sensitive yet tough teenager from the projects who has seen more pain than anyone ever should. He gets a shot to start over with Helen in an idyllic small town. There, Philip’s on the verge of falling in love with a boy from school, Lukas, when they witness a quadruple murder. Philip becomes more troubled than »
- Laura Prudom
After five episodes having aired, NBC has renewed Jennifer Lopez's rookie cop series "Shades of Blue" for a second season. Ray Liotta and Drea de Matteo also star in the show which has been averaging a 2.5 rating and 11.2 million viewers in Live+3 ratings.
No word on the episode count of the second season, though it's likely to match the thirteen of the first. The series will continue its first season through until April. [Source: The Live Feed]
To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Marvel has released a brief new teaser for the upcoming second season of Netflix's "Daredevil" which goes live on the service on March 18th.
"Twilight" and "Thirteen" director Catherine Hardwicke has signed on to direct and executive produce the first two episode of USA Network's straight-to-series crime thriller "Eyewitness". Adapted from a Norwegian series, Adi Hasak is serving as showrunner on the series which begins production later this year. »
- Garth Franklin
Though the early renewal comes right after the show’s lowest ratings came in for its fifth episode last night, the pickup comes as no surprise, given Lopez’s star power and “Shades of Blue” still-strong performance as one of NBC’s biggest debuts in recent years.
In its first three telecasts, “Shades of Blue” averaged a 2.5 rating in 18-49 and 11.2 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen’s “live+3” estimates, standing as one of the most time-shifted programs on television during this time. Thanks in part to no competition from ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Shades” gave NBC its first Thursday-at-10 wins with in-season regular programming over original competition on ABC and CBS since March 2010 in the demo and since March 2008 in total viewers.
“We want to thank Jennifer, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The Fox comedy will pick up right where the fall finale left off. Phil Miller 2 (Boris Kodjoe) was undergoing appendix surgery and Phil/Tandy’s (Forte) astronaut brother Mike, played by Jason Sudeikis, was attempting to descend back to Earth.
On March 6, “Bordertown” will move to a new timeslot: 7 p.m. on Sundays.
Despite airing behind “Family Guy” as part of Fox’s Sunday lineup, “Bordertown” has produced low ratings thus far at 9:30 p.m., and is seeing very small gains in 3-day delayed viewing. Its first three episodes have »
- Jacob Bryant
Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) is set to direct and executive produce the first two episodes of USA Network’s 10-episode straight-to-series drama Eyewitness. Tyler Young has been cast as one of the two young leads in the project, an adaptation of the Norwegian crime thriller Øyevitne. Additionally, Scott Peters (V) has joined as an executive producer and will direct multiple episodes of the Universal Cable Prods. series, from Shades Of Blue creator Adi Hasak, who wrote it… »
USA Network has ordered the Eyewitness TV show, straight to series. An adaptation of a Norwegian crime thriller, the first season of Eyewitness will consist of ten episodes. Adi Hasak is set as showrunner and will executive produce, along with Jarl Emsell Larsen.
USA Network says, "When two innocent teenaged boys secretly meet up in the forest, they bear witness to a shooting and barely escape with their lives. Desperate to keep their relationship a secret and in fear of being found by the perpetrator, they remain silent but soon learn that what has been seen cannot be unseen and when you witness a horrible event it changes everything, forever."
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USA has given a straight-to-series order to “Eyewitness” from “Shades of Blue” creator Adi Hasak, the network announced on Tuesday. The 10-episode drama is an adaptation of the Norwegian series “Øyevitne,” and follows two innocent teenage boys who bear witness to a shooting when they secretly meet up in the forest, barely escaping with their lives. “Eyewitness,” from Universal Cable Productions, comes from Ep/showrunner Hasak. Jarl Emsell Larsen will also serve as executive producer. Also read: Jennifer Lopez Show Creator: 'The White Man's 15 Minutes Are Up' “Norway’s incredible show ‘Eyewitness’ follows a horrific crime story through »
- Reid Nakamura
USA Network has given a straight-to-series order to “Eyewitness,” a crime thriller based on the Norwegian series, Variety has learned.
The series, which explores a grisly crime from the point of view of the eyewitnesses, follows two innocent teenaged boys who secretly meet up in the forest and witness a shooting and barely escape with their lives. Desperate to keep their relationship a secret and in fear of being found by the perpetrator, they remain silent but soon learn that what has been seen cannot be unseen and when you witness a horrible event it changes everything — forever.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
USA Network has given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order to Eyewitness, an adaptation of the Norwegian crime thriller Øyevitne. The project comes from Shades Of Blue creator Adi Hasak, who wrote it and will serve as executive producer/showrunner. The original series’ creator Jarl Emsell Larsen also will executive produce. The series, in the popular Nordic noir genre, explores a grisly crime from the point of view of the eyewitnesses. It is produced by Universal Cable… »
Adi Hasak wrote Shades Of Blue on spec about four years ago while he was making a living writing scripts for B action movies because he said he wanted to prove to himself that “I can do better than that.” To write the TV drama, which deals with corruption in the police force, Hasak drew on his seven-year experience as an Israeli soldier in Beirut in the 1980s. Born in Holland to Israeli parents, Russian Jews from New York who based their trading business with Russia in… »
Take a look @ footage, plus images from the new police drama series "Shades of Blue" and the episode "False Face, False Heart", starring Jennifer Lopez, Ray Liotta ("Goodfellas"), Drea de Matteo ("The Sopranos"), with guest star Lolita Davidovich ("Recruits"), airing January 21, 2016 on NBC :
...forced to work in the FBI's anti-corruption task force, while dealing with her own financial problems.
"...but hands over a fully resolved unofficial investigation that 'Tess (de Matteo) and 'Espada' (Vincent Laresca) initiated when they moved a body by Tess' house found to be murdered with a 3D printed gun.
"Wozniak confronts Harlee who executes a dangerous bluff..."
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- Michael Stevens
When asked about network diversity, the creator of Jennifer Lopez‘s new corrupt-cop drama “Shades of Blue” didn’t mince words. “I think in general, broadcasters are realizing that the white man’s 15 minutes are up,” Adi Hasak joked in an interview with TheWrap. “I think everyone’s woken up to a new reality.” At NBC, that reality means launching three new series — “Shades of Blue” and comedies “Superstore,” featuring America Ferrera, and “Telenovela,” starring Eva Longoria — with a Hispanic lead actress. Also Read: 'Mr. Robot' Creator on Show's Twists: 'I'm Not Interested in Gotcha Moments' It wasn »
- Daniel Holloway
Besides being a judge on American Idol, appearing on awards shows and the odd cameo, it has been ages since Jennifer Lopez was an on-screen primetime drama regular. That changes tomorrow night with the debut of Shades Of Blue on NBC. To be honest though, as my video review above says, what you get is really pretty standard shades of TV grey in this corrupt cop series. Unabashedly a vehicle for Brand J. Lo, the 13-episode Shades, created by Adi Hasak, is blinded in many… »
One episode was provided prior to broadcast.
I am pro-Jennifer Lopez, despite what the next couple hundred words may make you think. I think she’s a good, occasionally great actress who gets saddled with subpar material so commonly that it seems comical. She can rise to the occasion and make otherwise pedestrian movies pop (Enough, Maid in Manhattan, and yeah, I’ll admit it, The Boy Next Door), but such a task is far beyond the hands of a mere mortal in regards to NBC’s new back-alley crime drama Shades of Blue. Even a mortal from the block.
This time Lopez plays a feisty NYPD detective, Harlee Santos, a cog in a very dirty branch of the city’s police department, headed up by lieutenant Bill Wozniak (Ray Liotta). They’re dirty, but the good kind of dirty – planting evidence and taking bribes all in the name »
- Mitchel Broussard
Broadcast network dramas have it tough these days. It's not just that current cable and streaming shows can tell stories in bolder, more complicated, and more specific ways than all but a handful of network dramas are allowed to even shoot for, but that the best dramas ever made are now readily-available on one streaming service or another. Who's going to watch a watered-down network version of "The Shield," for instance, if the genuine article is only a Hulu click away? Yet NBC's trying exactly that with "Shades of Blue," which was ordered what feels like a decade ago (technically, it was early 2014), but held until now due to the busy schedule of star and producer Jennifer Lopez. J-Lo plays Harlee Santos, veteran Brooklyn cop who, along with her boss Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta) and the rest of their crew (including "Sopranos" alum Drea de Matteo), supplements her NYPD salary with kickbacks, »
- Alan Sepinwall
The opening sequence in “Shades of Blue” feels unexpectedly timely, as police shoot an African-American suspect, then cover up the details. After that, though, this NBC drama becomes extremely familiar, focusing on a cop forced to go undercover, risking detection from her corrupt colleagues. That’s not to say the show is without its strong points — including Ray Liotta, this time playing a wiseguy with a badge — but the star being used to sell it, Jennifer Lopez, while surely representing a promotional coup, feels like as much a distraction as an asset, looking absurdly glamorous regardless of the circumstances.
Lopez’s Harlee is a single mom, who has the misfortune to break into the wrong apartment with an itchy-trigger-fingered rookie (Dayo Okeniyi); he shoots a drug dealer who’s merely playing videogames. She helps obscure what happened, but the guilt gnaws at him, although that plot soon becomes secondary to a larger one. »
- Brian Lowry
20 items from 2016
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