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ABC has set premiere dates for John Ridley’s “American Crime” and Ryan Phillippe starrer “Secrets and Lies” — a pair of limited-run, crime-themed dramas that will receive strong drama lead-ins and be a big part of the net’s post-Oscars push.
The 10-episode “Secrets and Lies” will take over the current “Resurrection” timeslot of Sunday at 9 p.m. starting March 1, the week after the Academy Awards air on the network. It will benefit from a potent “Once Upon a Time” lead-in, as the fairytale drama returns from its winter hiatus on that night with a string of original episodes.
“Secrets,” in which a man goes from Good Samaritan to murder suspect when he discovers the body of his neighbor’s young son, will bow with a two-hour installment, and future episodes will air from 9 to 10 p.m., leading into “Revenge.”
“American Crime” will bow Thursday, March 5 in the timeslot currently »
- Rick Kissell
As Netflix continues to assert itself as a major television company with such acclaimed series as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Amazon Studios is racing to catch up by ordering series it hopes will be equally well-received. So far, Amazon has scored one big hit in the form of Jeffrey Tambor-led dramedy Transparent, and it hopes to find some more in the new lineup of pilots, which will be made available for viewing as part of the company’s first pilot season of 2015.
Enclosed are descriptions of all seven pilots, courtesy of Deadline. The talented involved on all of them is impressive, to say the least. Mad Dogs comes from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), while The Man In The High Castle hails from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files). Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart) are behind Point Of Honor, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Amazon has announced its pilot season line-up of original programming for 2015, with seven shows featuring in total, including pilots from the likes of Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Carlton Cuse (Lost), Ridley Scott (Prometheus) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield).
The seven new pilots premiering early next year will include hour-long shows Cocked from Sam Baum (Lie to Me) and Sam Shaw (Manhattan ), Mad Dogs from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), The Man in the High Castle from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), and Point of Honor from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart). The three half-hour pilots are Down Dog from Robin Schiff (Are You There, Chelsea?) and Salem Rogers from newcomer Lindsey Stoddart, as well as The New Yorker Presents, a docu-series pilot produced in cooperation with America.s most award-winning magazine. Here’s the full details
- Gary Collinson
Amazon is entering pilot season strong with seven pilots for shows with big names attached. The pilots will include hour-long shows Cocked, Mad Dogs, The Man in the High Castle, and Point of Honor, half-hour shows Down Dog and Salem Rogers, and the half-hour docu-series The New Yorker Presents. Cocked is the hour-long dark comedy from Lie to Me's Sam Baum and Manhattan's Sam Shaw. It stars Sam Trammell as Richard Paxson, a man who returns to his rural Virginia family after leaving acrimoniously 20 years ago. Now, Paxson returns with his liberal family to the dysfunctional family he left behind, »
- Teresa Jue
Amazon has officially given a pilot order to a U.S. remake of the British black comedy/thriller "Mad Dogs", taking over the production from FX. The original show's creator is teaming with "Last Resort" and "The Shield" show runner Shawn Ryan on the potential series with Emmy winner Charles McDougall set to direct the pilot.
The story follows the reunion of four forty-something guys who visit their now seemingly rich old school friend in an exotic locale. Things soon take an unexpected and dark turn. The original was set in Majorca (and later Ibiza, Morocco and Cape Town). The U.S. version shifts the action to Belize. [Source: Deadline]
"Prime Suspect" author Lynda La Plante is penning "Tennison," a new book set in the 1970s dealing with a twenty-something version of Jane Tennison - the iconic character Helen Mirren played on in the various "Prime Suspect" mini-series »
- Garth Franklin
Amazon Studios has ordered a pilot based on the UK black comedy series Mad Dogs.
The show's creator Cris Cole has written the Us remake, as well as signing on as an executive producer, Deadline reports.
The Us remake of Mad Dogs was originally intended for FX, who planned to air it as a limited series last year.
Mad Dogs - which aired a total of 14 episodes on Sky1 in the UK - follows a group of 40-something men, who reunite with an old school friend in Belize, before things take an unexpected and dark turn.
Updated With Full Trailers: Check out the first look at ABC‘s new comedies and dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. The network has made full trailers of everything available now that its upfront presentation is underway. The sole holdout: Midseason drama Marvel’s Agent Carter. Stay tuned for that one. Here’s the rest: American Crime – Drama Produced by ABC Studios. From writer/director/executive producer John Ridley and executive producer Michael J McDonald. Forever – Drama Produced by Warner Bros Television. From writer/executive producer Matt Miller, executive producers Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz, and director Brad Anderson. How To Get Away With Murder – Drama Produced by ABC Studios. From writer/executive producer Peter Nowalk, executive producer Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, and director Michael Offer. Secrets And Lies – Drama Produced by ABC Studios and executive producers Kapital Entertainment with Hoodlum Entertainment. From writer/executive producer Barbie Kligman, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Production of the Us remake of murder mystery Secrets & Lies is scheduled to start in late July after Disney.s ABC network ordered a 10-episode series.
KaDee Strickland plays Ben.s wife. Australian actress Indiana Evans and Belle Shouse are the couple.s daughters. .The pilot season is extremely tense and there are so many pilots vying for a spot on the schedule at a network like ABC.. We're incredibly excited that Secrets & Lies has been picked up to go to series,. Robertson tells If.. .It's such testament to the great work that everyone put in, »
- Don Groves
ABC has ordered Ryan Phillippe drama “Secrets and Lies” to series. The drama, based on the Australian series of the same name, follows a man (Phillippe) who goes from Good Samaritan to murder suspect in a young boy's death. Juliette Lewis plays the detective digging for the truth surrounding the murder. Also read: 2014-2015 TV Season: TheWrap's Complete Network Guide “Secrets and Lies” also stars KaDee Strickland, Natalie Martinez, Clifton Collins Jr., Indiana Evans and Belle Shouse. It's executive produced by Barbie Kligman, Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield, The pilot was written by Kligman and directed by Charles McDougall. »
- L.A. Ross
Here is the final new drama series order at ABC for next season. The network has picked up the last drama pilot that had remained in contention after the mass pickups last night — mystery Secrets & Lies, from producer Aaron Kaplan and director Charles McDougall. Based on an Australian series, Secrets & Lies stars Ryan Phillippe as a family man who finds the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect. Juliette Lewis and KaDee Strickland co-star in the 10-episode project, which had a seven-figure episodic penalty attached. Secrets & Lies joins fellow newly picked up ABC drama series How To Get Away With Murder, American Crime, Forever, Whispers and Agent Carter. Talks for comedy pilots Fresh Off The Boat and Cristela are still underway. Related: ABC Picks Up ‘Selfie’, ‘Forever’, Jeff Lowell Comedy, ‘Galavant’, ‘The Whispers’, ‘How To Get Away With Murder’, ‘American Crime’, ‘Black-ish’ To Series This »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Updated, Thursday 1:23 p.m.: NBC has ordered the comedy “A to Z” In the next two weeks, the broadcast networks will announce most of their 2014-15 schedules. TheWrap has your full rundown of what's staying, what's living, and what new shows are being picked up on all five of the broadcast networks. Also read: Pilot Season 2014: TheWrap's Complete Network Guide ABC New Renewed Canceled CBS New Renewed Canceled The CW New Renewed Canceled Fox New Renewed Canceled NBC New Renewed Canceled ============================================================================== ABC New Series Secrets & Lies (ABC Studios, Hoodlum, Kapital Entertainment) Writer: Barbie Kligman Producers: Barbie Kligman, »
- Wrap TV Team
Queer As Folk, Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”
Directed by Charles McDougall
Written by Russell T. Davies
Original Air Date: 23 February 1999
That Certain Summer, a made for TV movie, airs as the ABC Movie of the Week. It is the first TV movie to deal with the subject of homosexuality cordially. In 1975, ABC debuts Hot l Baltimore, a short lived Norman Lear series, which features the first gay couple on TV. In 1991, the first kiss between a homosexual couple airs on network TV during an episode of L.A. Law. In 1989 an episode of the Us drama thirtysomething featured the first gay male couple to be shown in bed together. The brief clip is considered a TV landmark, and of course proved extremely controversial at the time.
With less than a month until the upfronts, we’re kicking off our annual Pilot Buzz series. As usual, the first edition only includes a limited number of projects that have been garnering early attention as many pilots are still filming. So, if a pilot is not mentioned, it probably means it is too early to weigh in or the feedback I’ve received is inconclusive at this time. Shonda Rhimes. Viola Davis. Need we say more? ABC’s sexy suspense legal thriller How To Get Away With Murder, executive produced by Rhimes and starring Davis, is packing some heat early on. Secret & Lies starring Ryan Phillippe also is getting encouraging early response. It also has a seven-figure penalty and is directed by Charles McDougall, whose strong pilot record includes Desperate Housewives, The Good Wife and most recently, Resurrection last season. Then there is Marvel’s stealth Agent Carter project. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Genre: Drama | Fantasy
Creator: Aaron Zelman
Air Date/Time: March 9, 2014, 9/8c
Directed by: Charles McDougall
Cast: Omar Epps (“House”) as J. Martin Bellamy, Frances Fisher (“Titanic”) as Lucille Langston, Matt Craven (“Crimson Tide,” “A Few Good Men”) as Fred Langston, Devin Kelley (“Chernobyl Diaries,” “The Chicago Code”) as Maggie Langston, Mark Hildreth (“The Tudors”) as Pastor Tom Hale, Samaire Armstrong (“Entourage,” “The O.C.”) as Elaine Richards, Sam Hazeldine (“The Raven”) as Caleb Richards, Landon Gimenez as Jacob and Kurtwood Smith (“That ’70s Show”) as Henry Langston
The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear, on the series premiere of Resurrection, Sunday, March 9 (9:00-10:01 p.m., Et) on the ABC Television Network.
In “The Returned,” an 8-year-old American boy (Landon Gimenez) wakes up alone in a rice paddy »
- Erin Willard
Network Ten has first dibs on the Us remake of Hoodlum Entertainment.s crime drama Secrets & Lies, which starts shooting in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Friday. The Disney-owned ABC network commissioned the pilot, which stars Ryan Philippe, Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland, Natalie Martinez and Belle Shouse. The Seven Network has an output deal with Disney but Hoodlum.s Tracey Robertson says Ten has first rights on the remake which, if it.s picked up, will be a 10-episode series. The 6-part Australian series launches on Ten at 8.30 pm on March 3. When ABC commissioned the pilot, it agreed to a series penalty, which means the network will have to pay a hefty fee to the producers if it doesn.t proceed.. The Oz show stars Martin Henderson as Ben, a family man who finds the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect. Diana Glenn plays his »
- Don Groves
Exclusive: Private Practice alumna KaDee Strickland is returning to ABC with a co-starring role opposite Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis in the network’s drama pilot Secrets & Lies, which has a series penalty. An adaptation of the upcoming Australian crime mystery series, Secrets & Lies centers on Ben (Phillippe), a family man who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy when he finds the body. Strickland will play Ben’s wife Christy whose feelings towards Ben are complicated by the discovery of the neighbor boy’s body. Also cast in the project is young actress Belle Shouse as Ben and Christy’s younger daughter Abby. Charles McDougall is directing Secrets & Lies, from ABC Studios, Hoodlum and Kapital Entertainment. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
August: Osage County's Juliette Lewis will play the female lead opposite Ryan Phillippe in the Us remake of Hoodlum Entertainment.s crime series Secrets & Lies. Phillippe will play Ben, a house painter and family man who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy after he finds the body. Lewis is cast as Detective Andrea Cornell who leads the investigation into the boy.s murder. Natalie Martinez will play the victim's mother. The actress played one of Meryl Streep.s dysfunctional daughters in August: Osage County. Her credits include Due Date, Conviction, The Switch and Whip It. Charles McDougall is directing the pilot for the ABC network produced by ABC Studios, Hoodlum and Kapital Entertainment; shooting starts in Wilmington, North Carolina, on February 27. In the Australian series which will air on Network Ten, Martin Henderson plays the lead, Diana Glen is his wife and Anthony Hayes is the lead detective. »
- Don Groves
Juliette Lewis is set as the female lead opposite Ryan Phillippe in ABC’s drama pilot Secrets & Lies, which has a series penalty. An adaptation of the upcoming Australian crime mystery series, Secrets & Lies centers on Ben (Phillippe), a family man who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy when he finds the body. Lewis will play Detective Andrea Cornell, who is conducting the investigation into the boy’s murder, focusing on Ben. Lewis, repped by Untitled Entertainment and UTA, was most recently seen in August: Osage County and recently wrapped indies Hellion and Kelly And Cal. Charles McDougall is directing Secrets & Lies, from ABC Studios, Hoodlum and Kapital Entertainment. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Based on an Australian mystery series, Secrets & Lies is about a man (Phillippe) who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy when he finds the body. Barbie Kligman (Private Practice) is the writer-producer and Charles McDougall (Desperate Housewives) directs the pilot. ABC has made a 10-episode commitment to the project.
- James Hibberd
Natalie Martinez will play the mother of the young murder victim in the Us remake of Secrets & Lies. Ryan Phillippe has been cast as the family man who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy in the pilot commissioned by the ABC network.
The pilot starts shooting in Wilmington, North Carolina, on February 27, directed by Charles McDougall.
- Don Groves
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