It’s official: Josh Holloway is returning to prime-time.
The Lost actor’s pilot Intelligence just received a series order at CBS for next season. He’ll play an agent at the “Us Cyber Command” who has a microchip implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum (so he gets free WiFi wherever he goes, at the very least).
CBS also gave a series order to Hostages, about »
- James Hibberd
CBS has picked up the dramas "Hostages" and "Intelligence" and the comedies "We Are Men," "Mom," "The Crazy Ones" and "The Millers" for the 2013 - 2014 season. Here is more on each show: Hostages Ep/W/D: Jeffrey Nachmanoff Ep: Rick Eid Ep: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir, Chayim Sharir Based on the Israeli format created by Alon Aranya, Omri Givon and Rotem Shamir Studio: Jerry Bruckheimer Television i/a/w Warner Bros. Television Cast includes: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott Logline: A family is caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy that will change their lives forever. Intelligence Ep/ Writer: Michael Seitzman Ep/Dir: David Semel Ep: Tripp Vinson Ep: Rene »
In this day and age of television, it’s really hard to think that you can seriously put together a recipe for success, especially looking back just a few years on all the times you might have thought you’d managed it, but TNT may be about as close as you can get with Legends.
The show is set to hit in 2014, and TNT has ordered 10 episodes. If you were forced to make a prediction, I don’t see how you’d bet against this one. At least, if you’re looking at the show being good. Being popular is another thing altogether.
With Sean Bean starring, and based on a Robert Littell’s work, you’re already solid out of the gates. Throw in a pretty solid line-up behind the scenes, and an interesting supporting cast (see full details below), and this one should be a hit. I’m »
- Marc Eastman
TNT has greenlit spy drama Legends, starring Games of Thrones alum Sean Bean and executive produced by Homeland‘s Howard Gordon and Alexander Cary. TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which is being produced by Fox 21, for a 2014 debut. (Watch trailer below) It joins another “popcorn” new TNT drama, the Michael Bay-produced The Last Ship, which was picked up yesterday. They will likely join the network’s Sunday lineup anchored by sci-fi drama Falling Skies. With the pickups done, TNT is now expected to move to cancelling Monday Mornings and Southland. Gordon, Cary and Jonathan Levin serve as executive producers on Legends, along with showrunners Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris. Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Mark Bomback serve as consulting producers. The pilot was directed and executive-produced David Semel and written by Nachmanoff, who developed the story with Gordon and Bomback. Based on the book by master spy novelist Robert Littell, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
TNT has given the green light to suspenseful spy drama Legends, starring Sean Bean, and we have the trailer up! TNT's has ordered 10 episodes of the series which is set to premiere in 2014, and is produced by Fox 21. Howard Gordon, Alexander Cary and Jonathan Levin serve as executive producers, as well as showrunners Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, who created Sleeper Cell. Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Mark Bomback serve as consulting producers. Heroes and Person of Interest director David Semel helmed and executive-produced the pilot, which was written by Nachmanoff, developing the story with Bomback and Gordon. »
TNT has greenlit the suspenseful spy drama "Legends," starring Sean Bean ("Game of Thrones," "The Lord of the Rings"). TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which is being produced by Fox 21. Howard Gordon ("Homeland," "24"), Alexander Cary ("Homeland," "Lie to Me") and Jonathan Levin ("Charmed") serve as executive producers, along with showrunners Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, the creators of Sleeper Cell. Jeffrey Nachmanoff ( Traitor , The Day After Tomorrow ) and Mark Bomback ( Live Free or Die Hard ) serve as consulting producers. The pilot was directed and executive-produced David Semel (Heroes, Person of Interest) and written by Nachmanoff, who developed the story with Gordon and Bomback. »
Rick Eid has joined CBS‘ drama pilot Hostages as executive producer. Eid will serve as co-showrunner on the project, from Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros. TV, alongside writer/director/executive producer Jeffrey Nachmanoff. Based on an Israeli format, Hostages centers on Ellen (Toni Collette), a successful surgeon who is selected to operate on the President of the United States (James Naughton) and thrust into the middle of a political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage, with Dylan McDermott as a righteous FBI agent at the center of the conspiracy. The gig extends Eid’s relationship with Bruckheimer TV — he was a consulting producer on the company’s long-running CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and was executive producer/showrunner on its TNT series Dark Blue. Hostages also reunites Eid, who is under an overall deal at CBS TV Studios, with Warner Bros. and Dark Blue star McDermott. Wme-repped »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
James Naughton has been cast in Hostages, CBS‘ drama pilot from writer-director Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros TV. Based on an Israeli format, the project centers on Ellen (Toni Collette), a successful surgeon who is selected to operate on the President of the United States (Naughton) and thrust into the middle of a political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage. Naughton, repped by Paradigm and Brookside Artist Management, is a theater veteran who has won Tonys for Chicago and City of Angels. He recently recurred on the CW’s Gossip Girl. Aussie Nikolai Nikolaeff (Sea Patrol) has been added to an all-Australian cast of NBC’s 10-episode summer series Camp, which will be filmed Down Under. The series follows the antics of teens at a lakeside summer camp run by director Mackenzie Greenfield (Rachel Griffiths). Nikolaeff, repped Aran Michael Management, plays the camp’s maintenance guy who loves food, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Billy Brown (Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, The Following) has been added to the cast of CBS' Hostages, a drama pilot centered on family caught in the center of a sprawling political conspiracy. Toni Collette stars as a surgeon whose choice to operate on the President of the United States sets off the chain of events. Brown will play a hot-headed ex-military involved in taking the family captive. Hostages is produced by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. TV. »
- Jai Tiggett
Majandra Delfino (State Of Georgia) and former Dr. Queen, Medicine Woman star Jane Seymour have been cast in ABC’s comedy pilot Keep Calm And Carry On, from writer/executive producer Andrea Abbate, 20th Century Fox TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein. The project centers on Karey, the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve. Delfino, repped by Apa and Ziffren Brittenham, will play Kerey’s sister Penny who seems very clueless to what is going on around her. Seymour, repped by Innovative, will play their mother Dotty, who mainly cares about herself and disregards what her children or grandchildren want. Billy Brown rounds out the cast of in Hostages, CBS‘ drama pilot from writer-director Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros TV. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Lost alum Henry Ian Cusick has joined another drama project with sci-fi underlining, the CW pilot The Hundred. Based on Alloy books by Kass Morgan, the Warner Bros. TV-produced The Hundred is set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization when the space station housing human survivors called the Ark sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. Cusick, repped by Management 360, Innovative and attorney Jamie Feldman, will play Kane, an ambitious officer aboard the Ark who has his sights set on the Chancellor’s job. He co-starred on the first season of ABC’s Scandal and recurs in Body Of Proof and The Mentalist. Entourage alum Rhys Coiro has been cast in Hostages, CBS‘ drama pilot from writer-director Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros TV. Based on an Israeli format, the project centers on Ellen (Toni Collette), a successful »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Deception co-star Tate Donovan is set to co-star opposite Toni Collette in Hostages, CBS‘ drama pilot from writer-director Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros TV. The casting is in second position to NBC’s midseason drama. Donovan is the first Deception regular to book a pilot. Deception‘s ratings have been low but stable, logging a 1.2 18-49 rating for the last couple of weeks. With both Do No Harm and Smash premiering lower (0.9 and 1.1, respectively), a renewal for Deception, while not likely, is not completely out of the question. Based on an Israeli format, Hostages centers on Ellen (Collette), a successful surgeon living in Washington, D.C. who is selected to operate on the President of the United States. She is thrust into the middle of a political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage, and it is up to her to save the lives of her husband and children. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
iCarly alumna Miranda Cosgrove has been cast as a lead opposite Christina Ricci in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Girlfriend In A Coma, from Wolf Films and Universal TV. Written by Nurse Jackie‘s Liz Brixius based on Douglas Coupland’s book, it centers on Karen (Ricci), a woman who was in a coma for many years and unexpectedly comes out of the coma to find she has a 17-year-old daughter, Evie (Cosgrove). Evie is a small-town, overachieving loner whose world is turned upside down when her mom wakes up, and every hope she ever had of keeping her nose to the grindstone, saving money, and getting grades for an out-of-state college is thrown out the window. Cosgrove, who has Despicable Me 2 coming out July 3, is with Wme and Anonymous Content. British actor Humphrey Kerr has been cast as one of the leads in another NBC comedy pilot, Justin Spitzer’s Holding Patterns, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
A brief roundup of today's pilot deals: - Dylan McDermott ("American Horror Story") has been cast opposite Toni Collette in CBS' thriller pilot "Hostages," about a family that gets caught in the middle of a political conspiracy involving the President. McDermott will play Duncan, an FBI agent at the center of the intrigue. The pilot was written and will be directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff ("Homeland," "Chicago Fire"), who executive-produces alongside Jerry Bruckheimer. [EW] - J.K. Simmons ("Law & Order," "The Closer") has joined the previously-cast Parker Posey in NBC's untitled DJ Nash comedy pilot. The single-camera project centers on a young »
- HitFix Staff
The CBS drama pilot will follows the choices Ellen, an accomplished surgeon (Collett), makes when her family is taken hostage after she is chosen to operate on the President of the Unites States. McDermott will play the rugged FBI agent Duncan who is at the center of the political conspiracy. Details on which side McDermott is fighting for are being kept a secret for now, but either way, he seems to do his best work in law related roles. The show will naturally be set in Washington D.C.
- Lindsay Sperling
American Horror Story and The Practice alum Dylan McDermott is set as the male lead opposite Toni Collette in Hostages, CBS’ drama pilot from writer-director Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. TV. Based on an Israeli format, the project centers on Ellen (Collette), a successful surgeon living in Washington, D.C. who is selected to operate on the President of the United States. She is thrust into the middle of a political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage, and it is up to her to save the lives of her husband and children. McDermott will play Duncan, a righteous FBI agent who is at the center of a political conspiracy involving the President but whose role will come as a surprise. On the feature side, McDermott, repped by CAA and the Schiff Co., was recently in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and will next be seen in Olympus Has Fallen. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
McDermott has been cast alongside the show’s previously announced star, Toni Collette.
Hostages is about family caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy that will change their lives forever. McDermott will play Duncan, a righteous FBI agent who is at the center of a conspiracy involving the President “but whose role will come as a surprise.”
McDermott starred in the first season of FX’s horror series and appeared in the second. Nothing has been announced regarding his participation in the third season. »
- James Hibberd
#1: West of Memphis
Directed by Amy Berg
Following from the original Paradise Lost film and its two sequels, West of Memphis follows the events of one of the most media-covered American crime stories of the last two decades: The West Memphis Three, a case in which three teenagers (Jessie Misskelley, Damien Echols, and Jason Baldwin), were arrested for the murders of three eight-year old boys. The case spawned four documentaries, several books, and a campaign from high-profile celebrities such as Peter Jackson, Johnny Depp, Eddie Vedder and Henry Rollins. Much like the Paradise Lost films, West of Memphis chronicles the history of the incarcerated men, all the way up to the eventual release.
Arnold Schwarzenegger The Last Stand: Worst box-office bomb in Schwarzenegger’s career? Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first movie-star vehicle since Jonathan Mostow’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003, the Lionsgate release The Last Stand opened in North America last Friday, January 18. Expectations weren’t high: Reviews have been mixed — The Last Stand has a 43% approval rating and a 5.3/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics — while pundits and distributor Lionsgate had been expecting a modest box-office debut somewhere in the low to mid-teens. Those, however, turned out to be much too optimistic. (Photo: Arnold Schwarzenegger The Last Stand.) The tale of a law-and-order U.S. border sheriff (Schwarzenegger) out to stop a drug lord (Eduardo Noriega) from reaching the lawless South (that’s Mexico), The Last Stand grossed $6.3m at 2,913 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Once inflation is factored in, that is »
- Zac Gille
Chicago – With enough hair plugs, bronzer and hormone injections to float a rejuvenation clinic, Arnold Schwarzenegger is back from his political meanderings and is an action star once again in the shoot-’em-up “The Last Stand.” Johnny Knoxville lends some comic relief.
This is an okay comic book-type movie, even interesting at some points, but it isn’t anything new or special. Arnold revitalizes his stoic catch-phrase-rapping character with few steps lost, save for the furrowed face lines in close-up. The FBI’s incompetence, and the subsequent waste of tax dollars in trying to catch an escaped convict – during our ongoing debt crisis – is laughable, and the use of firearms and the way that people die is questionable timing one month after Newtown. But hell, these type of movies don’t care and neither did the preview audience in attendance, cheering each quality kill.
Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) of Sommerton Junction, »
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