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'Tough Trade' adds four to cast

3 December 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Country star Trace Adkins is adding authenticity to Epix's Nashville-set drama "Tough Trade."

Joey Lauren Adams, Boyd Holbrook and Claire van der Boom also have been cast in the project from Lionsgate TV, executive producer/showrunner Jenji Kohan and co-executive producer/creator Chris Offutt.

"Tough," whose executive producers include another musician, T Bone Burnett, is a contemporary one-hour drama about three generations of a Nashville music dynasty (Sam Shepard, Cary Elwes, Lucas Black) whose penchant for drink, debauchery and divorce has left it on the verge of bankruptcy.

Nashville native Adkins will play Scared, a friend and bodyguard to Linwood Tucker (Shepard) who is fiercely loyal to the family.

The CAA-repped Adkins, who has sold more than 10 million albums, was the runner-up on the first season of NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice" and has dabbled in acting with the feature "An American Carol" and guest spots on TV's "Yes, Dear" and "King of the Hill. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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T Bone Burnett exec producing 'Trade'

1 December 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

T Bone Burnett is venturing into television.

The Grammy-winning producer, musician and songwriter has signed to join Epix's pilot "Tough Trade" as executive producer and exec musical producer.

Additionally, Azita Ghanizada has been added to the cast of "Trade," eyed for a premiere next year as Epix's potential first original series.

"Trade," from Lionsgate TV, executive producer/showrunner Jenji Kohan and co-executive producer/creator Chris Offutt, is a contemporary one-hour drama about three generations of a Nashville music dynasty (Sam Shepard, Lucas Black and Cary Elwes) whose penchant for drink, debauchery and divorce has left it on the verge of bankruptcy.

Ghanizada, repped by Pakula/King and Luber/Rocklin, will play the wife of Elwes' character.

Burnett won five Grammys for his work on the Coen brothers' 2000 film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" for which he wrote the score and produced the soundtrack, and he was nominated for a best »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Lucas Black, Cary Elwes join Epix pilot

29 November 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lucas Black and Cary Elwes are set to star opposite Sam Shepard in Epix's first pilot, "Tough Trade."

Meanwhile, Garrett Dillahunt has landed a co-starring role on Greg Garcia's comedy pilot for Fox, "Keep Hope Alive."

"Trade," from Lionsgate TV, exec producer/showrunner Jenji Kohan and co-exec producer/creator Chris Offutt, is a contemporary one-hour drama about the Tucker family, a Nashville music dynasty whose penchant for drink, debauchery and divorce has left it on the verge of bankruptcy.

Black will play an extremely talented guitarist and singer who could have followed in the Tucker legacy started by his grandfather (Shepard) and father (Elwes) but has no interest in pursuing a career in country music. Instead, he makes his money selling illegal ammunition around Nashville.

Epix brass is eyeing "Tough Trade" as the premium cable channel's first original series and aiming for a 2010 premiere.

Black starred in "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Sam Shepard to Star in Epix's Tough Trade

20 November 2009 4:36 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Acclaimed actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard is set to star in Lionsgate's Tough Trade, the first original series pilot for Epix, the new multi-platform entertainment service from Viacom Inc., its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate which launched October 30, 2009. With a creative team led by executive producer and showrunner Jenji Kohan (Weeds), the pilot was written by creator/co-executive producer Chris Offutt (True Blood, Weeds) and will be directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Rendition, Tsotsi). Shooting begins December 3 in Nashville. The announcement was made today by Mark Greenberg, president and CEO of Epix, and Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate's president of television programming and production.

Shepard (Brothers, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Right Stuff) will portray the patriarch of the Tucker family in this provocative, contemporary one-hour drama about a three-generation Nashville music dynasty whose penchant for drink, »

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Sam Shepard to star in Epix pilot

19 November 2009 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In its first casting, Epix has tapped Sam Shepard to star in its inaugural pilot, "Tough Trade," an indication that the fledging multiplatform entertainment service will be pursuing established talent for its original offerings.

"Trade," from Lionsgate TV, executive producer/showrunner Jenji Kohan and co-executive producer/creator Chris Offutt, is a contemporary one-hour drama about the Tucker family, a three-generation Nashville music dynasty whose penchant for drink, debauchery and divorce has left them morally corrupt and on the verge of bankruptcy.

Shepard will play the patriarch.

Lionsgate TV president Kevin Beggs called Shepard "a brilliant, multitalented artist who will bring great authenticity to the project."

Gavin Hood is directing the pilot, slated to start production Dec. 3 in Nashville.

Epix, a joint venture of Viacom, Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate that launched Oct. 30 with concert and comedy specials, has not announced additional carriage deals beyond its pact with Verizon's FiOS. But the »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Weeds: Season Five Coming to DVD and Blu-ray January 19th

30 October 2009 8:13 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

You can bring home everyone's favorite soccer mom/drug dealer home on DVD and Blu-ray early next year. Weeds: Season Five will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 19, 2010. Each set will include all 13 episodes of the season in a three-disc DVD set or a two-disc Bd set for $39.98 Srp apiece. The series stars Mary-Louise Parker, Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Nealon.

When Nancy took her homegrown business south of the border, she found the grass wasn't greener on the other side. Now she's pregnant with the child of a powerful politician turned dangerous drug lord - or is she? Doug and Silas are trying to branch out on their own, Andy is looking to score and Celia attempts to turn the tables on her kidnappers. With enemies out to smoke the Queen of Green, Nancy's sure to find a whole new crop of trouble.

Special Features:

- Commentary with writer Jenji Kohan, »

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Epix spreads word about original fare

21 October 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Epix is serious about original programming -- that's the message the fledging multiplatform service's newly minted head of development Laverne McKinnon is relaying to the creative community in a series of presentations she has been doing around town.

The premium channel's launch recently was slated for Oct. 30, with the programming lineup for the launch weekend featuring the TV and online premieres of Madonna's concert special "Sticky & Sweet: Live From Buenos Aires" as well as Marvel's "Iron Man" and the comedy special "Eddie Izzard: Live From Wembley."

According to people present at the pitches, McKinnon said that after starting off with a mix of music and comedy specials and movies, Epix -- a joint venture of Viacom, Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate -- will segue into original scripted programming.

The channel's first original scripted offering, probably a miniseries, is eyed for a premiere in third-quarter 2010.

Among Epix's longform projects in development is »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Epix lands former CBS exec

6 October 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Epix is making a push into original programming with the hire of former CBS drama chief Laverne McKinnon as head of development at the fledging premium TV service.

A rep for Epix declined comment Tuesday, but McKinnon reportedly has already been working behind the scenes at the company, a joint venture of Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM.

Epix's programming efforts have focused mainly on signing film-output deals, including pacts with Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn, to complement titles from the venture's co-owners as Epix gears for the launch of its Web content service.

Additionally, Epix, which so far has announced only one carriage agreement -- with Verizon's FiOS TV -- has picked up a Lewis Black comedy special and a music special based on Madonna's Sticky & Sweet concert tour.

On the original-series side, Epix in February greenlighted its first and only pilot to date, the drama "Tough Trade."

The project, from »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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The 9 Strangest Scenes From Weeds' Fifth Season

1 September 2009 12:00 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

Once your premium cable series has exhausted human-trafficking plotlines, auto-erotic asphyxiation jokes and jerk sock monologues, you might as well buckle up for several months of agonizing brainstorming sessions. Just ask Jenji Kohan & Co., who were faced with this challenge when dreaming up the fifth season of Weeds, which concluded last night. Miraculously, Kohan's writers successfully ransacked their unconscious (or corrupt plot generator) so that Nancy Botwin's camp could endure the strangest, most morally bankrupt season yet. In honor of this accomplishment, we offer you the nine most bizarre Weeds scenes from season five. »

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Sticky Wicket: Frenemies and Adversaries on the Season Finale of "Weeds"

1 September 2009 8:48 AM, PDT | Televisionary | See recent Televisionary news »

What a weird, strange journey it's been this season on Weeds. Between pregnancies, marriages, assassinations, overdoses, teenage STDs, and thievery, Season Five of Showtime's dark comedy Weeds has been a sometimes bizarre and uneven mix of shifting timeframes, over the top characters, and increasingly complicated inter-personal relationships. (Hell, you almost need a flowchart to keep track of the vagaries of the Nancy/Esteban/Andy/Audra storyline this season.) Last night's season finale of Weeds ("All About My Mom"), written by series creator Jenji Kohan, looked not to shift the action elsewhere but to create a new status quo all the same that would switch up the characters, their motivations, and their state of mind. And it did so with one hell of a croquet mallet swing. Yes, I'm referring to that final scene in the season finale, a.k.a. the mallet swing heard round the world as the »

- Jace

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Weeds Season 5 Episode 12 (Finale Lead In): Glue

22 August 2009 4:54 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

We’re only two episodes away from the “Weeds” Season 5 finale and the end result of Pilar Zuazo’s mini-war on Esteban and Nancy. Now that Esteban has been carted away by the police, the time has once again come for Nancy to save the day. Unfortunately, Nancy saving the day usually results in next season’s conflict. But war is not the only thing brewing on “Weeds” - Love is also in the air. Celia is contemplating living The L Word lifestyle with her cosmetics supplier, while Andy and Dr. Audra Kitson (Alanis Morissette) have shacked up in new-couple-sexual bliss. Unfortunately for Celia, she'll have to battle her daughter, Isabelle, for the lesbian crown in the Hodes family. What does Jenji Kohan have brewing for Nancy? Her sons have begun to shy away from her due to her high-profile/high-stakes marriage. Nancy’s ongoing romantic-three way with Andy appears to be a distant memory. »

- Alexis James-Whitehead

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Epix lands first carriage deal

28 July 2009 11:01 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

New York - Epix, the premium TV service that is a joint venture between Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM, has reached its first carriage deal with Verizon Communications' FiOS TV.

Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman announced the five-year deal in his company's earnings call Tuesday morning, promising more distribution deals "in the near future."

 

He said the deal gives Verizon a lot of flexibility to offer Epix a la carte and in bundles with its broadband offers. Epix's linear channel will launch in October. At launch, Epix will also have 300 hours of content available via subscription VOD and on its Web site. The two firms also plan to create a mobile Epix offer that they can market to Verizon's 4 million-plus VCast subscribers.

Among the films available at launch are Paramount's release of Lucasfilms' "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," Marvel's "Iron Man," and the studio's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, »

- By Georg Szalai

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Weeds Season 5 Episode 8: A Distinctive Horn

27 July 2009 1:15 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

It’s official. “Weeds” creator, Jenji Kohan, has set the record for the shortest TV pregnancy in history. Okay, that may be debatable. But, from the time Nancy Botwin started “showing, until the time she popped out Esteban’s newborn baby boy spanned all of two episodes. At San Diego Comic Con, Kohan stated that their sexy-lead actress, Mary-Louise Parker, did not want to be pregnant for the entire season. After Esteban decided to call off the wedding under threats from Mexican powerhouse Pilar Zuazo, Nancy decides to call Andy up and escape. Who can blame her, especially when Cesar unveils a dungeon like birthing room for Nancy to conceive in? Andy swings by the Esteban estate, under the premise that Esteban is dead. Alas, he’s been duped by Nancy, who just needs a ride in Andy’s “Dukes of Hazzard” General Lee. Nancy’s under the opinion that »

- Alexis James-Whitehead

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Reactions from the Emmy nominees

16 July 2009 9:06 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sigourney Weaver was "completely thrilled, astonished and delighted" with her lead actress in a miniseries or movie nomination for her work in Lifetime's "Prayers for Bobby." Weaver said she wasn't expecting a nomination for the telefilm, a true story about a mother who finds out her son is gay after he commits suicide. "Mary Griffith's story as a mother is such a wrenching one of what can happen to any parent if that parent doesn't have access to any other points of view," she said from New Mexico, where she is working on Greg Mottola's comedy "Paul." Weaver said she planned to call Griffith and Henry Czerny (Bobby) to celebrate. "I'm thrilled that this will help us get more exposure; the producers had been working for 13 years trying to get this made," she added.

Last year's lead drama actress winner, Glenn Close, was »

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Comprehensive & Confirmed Comic-Con 09 TV Panel Schedule

13 July 2009 1:22 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

The official Comic-Con schedule has been released! Below are the confirmed dates, times and guests for all television panels from the following networks: ABC, AMC, BBC, CBS, CW, Discovery, Fox, HBO, NBC, Sho, Syfy & USA. I have also included special television-specific panels hosted by Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide.

I will be attending and reporting about the panels that are denoted by an asterisk. Follow me on Twitter for frequent updates from San Diego!

Wednesday, July 22

Human Target, V & Vampire Diaries Ballroom 20, 6pm-9pm Full pilot screenings of each Thursday, July 23

Burn Notice* Ballroom 20, 2:30pm-3:30pm Guests: Bruce Campbell, creator/exec prod Matt Nix, executive producer Alfredo Barrios Jr. Dexter* Ballroom 20, 5pm-6pm Guests: Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Clyde Phillips & Melissa Rosenberg Legend of the Seeker Room 6De, 4:45pm-5:45pm Guests: executive producers & cast [names not confirmed] The Middleman* Room 6A, »

- Jo Garfein

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San Diego Comic-Con Schedule: Saturday, July 25

11 July 2009 2:40 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

The following information focuses on the 2009 Comic-Con schedule that is set for Saturday, July 25th. It’s not a full schedule - it only highlights TV and movie related panels and events.

Highlights for Saturday include Lost, Fringe, a screening of the pilot episode of ABC’s V, a first look at Heroes: Redemption, 2012 and a little film coming out next year you may have heard of: Iron Man 2.

 

10:00-11:00

Marvel: “Hero Up” with The Super Hero Squad Show!— Marvel’s first action-comedy series is a manic, mind-blowing, all-ages romp through the Marvel Universe. Coming to Cartoon Network in September, the animated show is loaded with superstar voice talent. Several of the actors will preview their characters in a live performance: Tom Kenny (Spongebob) as Iron Man and Modok, Charlie Adler (Cow and Chicken, Transformers features) as Dr. Doom, Steve Blum (Wolverine and the X-Men) as Wolverine, »

- Vic Holtreman

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Comic-Con 09 TV Panels: Friday & Saturday Schedule Update

11 July 2009 1:57 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Now that the official Comic-Con schedule for Wednesday through Saturday has been released, I wanted to keep you updated with television panel details.

I will be attending and reporting about the panels that are denoted by an asterisk. Follow me on Twitter for frequent updates from San Diego, and stay tuned for more details!

Wednesday, July 22

Human Target, V & Vampire Diaries Ballroom 20, 6pm-9pm Full pilot screenings of each Thursday, July 23

Burn Notice* Ballroom 20, 2:30pm-3:30pm Guests: Bruce Campbell, creator/exec prod Matt Nix, executive producer Alfredo Barrios Jr. Dexter* Ballroom 20, 5pm-6pm Guests: Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Clyde Phillips & Melissa Rosenberg Legend of the Seeker Room 6De, 4:45pm-5:45pm Guests: executive producers & cast [names not confirmed] The Middleman* Room 6A, 11:15am-12:15pm Guests: Matt Keeslar, Natalie Morales, Mary Pat Gleason, Brit Morgan, Jake Smollett, Mark Sheppard, Brendan Hines, »

- Jo Garfein

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Watch Weeds Season 5 Episode 1 Premiere: Wonderful Wonderful

11 June 2009 10:49 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

After showing Esteban the proof of her baby—a sonogram picture—Nancy returns to Ren Mar to her family, but still unsure of her fate. Meanwhile, Celia is held hostage in Mexico by her estranged daughter Quinn who tries to ransom her off to all her friends, but they hilariously decline to deliver the cash for her release. Back in Ren Mar, Andy, Silas and Doug discuss plans to grow pot in a national forest. See the Weeds Season 5 Premiere: Directed By: Scott Ellis Written By: Jenji Kohan Guest Stars: Demian Bichir, Haley Hudson, Jack Stehlin »

- Bags

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Weeds Season 5 Review: Smart, Fun and as Irreverent as Ever

8 June 2009 9:55 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Weeds season 5 is smart, fun and as irreverent as ever. Season 5 kicked off tonight filled with all the subtle over-the-top humor we’ve come to admire from the Weeds creator Jenji Kohan. When Weeds returned for Season 4, many fans balked at the shift in the direction. The family moved, cast members swapped out and Nancy took an occupational left-turn. The change outraged some. However, after a few episodes Nancy was once again back in the hearts of the Weeds loving people. For those unfamiliar with the Botwin exploits, Season 4 was a great jumping on point. Season 5 once again takes a shift in direction. Instead of focusing on the Nancy’s illicit life of pushing drugs to care for her family, the plot now addresses the results of Nancy’s decisions. Is this really a shift? Not in the least bit. It’s more of a natural evolution in Nancy’s »

- Bags

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TV Review: 'Weeds' Season Five

8 June 2009 3:15 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Always a dark comedy with the emphasis on "comedy," Showtime's "Weeds" made an unusual decision in the last third of its fourth season: The show decided to stop being funny. As the stakes surrounding Nancy Botwin's latest drug escapades continued to increase, Jenji Kohan and company decided that "Weeds" had earned the right to drop the facade of humor entirely and leave nearly everybody in discomfort and misery. [Review, with minor Season Five spoilers, but major Season Four spoilers, after the break...] That meant that Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) was on the verge of assassination by a Mexican cartel until she revealed »

- Daniel Fienberg

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