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HBO Promotes Casey Bloys to President, Michael Ellenberg Exits as Drama Chief

29 January 2016 4:45 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In a shakeup at HBO, comedy programming chief Casey Bloys has been promoted to president of series, late-night and specials, while Michael Ellenberg is exiting his post as head of drama series.

Ellenberg will segue to a production deal with the network.

Rumors about Ellenberg’s departure have been circulating for a few weeks, but earlier this month the exec was front and center at HBO’s presentation at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. His move to producing comes as HBO has had its ups and downs with new series. “Game of Thrones” is one of the most valuable franchises in TV, but other shows on his watch, including “True Detective’s” second season and “The Leftovers,” have had a mixed track record.

There have been rumblings of difficulties on the set of the upcoming “Westworld,” which recently shut down production so exec producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Emily S. Whitten: Seven Movies for Surviving Snowzilla

26 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

This past weekend we here in Washington DC got a lot of snow. Um… “A whole lot of snow”? …Okay, how about, “a metric ton of snow”? Ooh… “The fourth heaviest snowstorm dating to 1884.” There. I think that sums it up nicely.

Given this, I (not even kidding) have not left my home in five days (but I’m still sane! No really, I promise! The purple bunnies in my pantry told me so.) And of course, being a very practical person, since I knew the storm was coming I ensured I was well-stocked with all the necessary items beforehand. But then, around the end of Day 1, as the snowdrifts began inching into the two-foot range on my windowsills, I began to wonder what I would do to entertain myself if the power went out (taking with it, one might assume, the Internet).

“Ah-ha!” I said to myself. “I have »

- Emily S. Whitten

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HBO Shuts Down ‘Westworld’ To Allow More Time For Script Rewrite

19 January 2016 1:01 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

The new science fiction HBO show, Westworld, has caught an apparent snag in production. Executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy need more time to fine tune the final four scripts for the show’s first season. HBO released a statement shortly after Variety announced the delay from an unknown source. “As we head into the final phase of production on […]

The post HBO Shuts Down ‘Westworld’ To Allow More Time For Script Rewrite appeared first on uInterview. »

- Crystal Smith

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HBO's 'Westworld' Stops Production; 2016 Premiere Still Set

18 January 2016 9:55 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

HBO announced today that production on its highly-anticipated series Westworld has been shut down for two months, but the network is still confident that the show will debut sometime this year. Variety reports that the production was temporarily shut down to give series creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy Nolan a chance to catch up with writing the scripts for the last four episodes. Filming was originally scheduled to wrap in November of last year, but shooting is now set to resume in March. Take a look at the network's brief statement below.

"As we head into the final phase of production on Westworld, we've made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing."

The show is based on the 1973 sci-fi film Westworld, which centers on an amusement park where visitors can live out their wildest fantasies, with the help of androids. Anthony Hopkins »

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HBO's 'Westworld' halts production to finish scripts

18 January 2016 2:28 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

HBO is halting production on their forthcoming television series "Westworld" to put the finishing touches on the final scripts of season one. Whether or not this will move the 2016 air date remains to be seen.  HBO's production of "Westworld" has been temporarily shut down, according to sources at Variety. This shutdown was prompted by executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. Production on "Westworld" stopped in November, and is said to resume in March.  "Westworld" is based on the book and film of the same name, which was written by Michael Crichton. The film, which was released in 1973, featured Yul Brynner in the lead role. The storyline showed the beginning stages of self-awareness in the artificially intelligent staff of a western-themed amusement park. The HBO series will feature similar themes and boasts an all-star cast, including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden and Thandie Newton. While »

- Lauren Gallaway

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HBO’s $54 Million Westworld Halts Production But Will Still Get a $12 Million Tax Credit (Gimme)

18 January 2016 11:13 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

HBO's $54 million–budget show Westworld is taking a breather from nothing (that's right, the show hasn't even aired yet) to allow executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy to "finish four final scripts." (Heard that one before.) Though the show is taking a break, that won't endanger the $12 million in tax credits it will receive from California. As Deadline reports, "Cfc regulations say that as long as Westworld filmed at least 1-day in California within 180 days of being approved for the lucrative tax credits this summer it will still get the incentives when the season finishes." Rumor is things will start back up in mid-February, when the EPs will have to put down their piña coladas and hop back on their jet to reality. The series is about a futuristic theme park, based on a 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, »

- Emma Barrie

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HBO's Westworld shuts down production to catch up on writing

18 January 2016 11:05 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

HBO's Westworld is taking a break. Still in the middle of production for its first season, the cable network's ambitious new series is shutting things down for a short bit, two months to be exact, to allow executive productors Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy to get caught up in writing the last four scripts. A statement from HBO confirmed the decision - "As we head into the final phase of... Read More »

- Billy Donnelly

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HBO shuts down production on Westworld, still hoping for 2016 premiere

18 January 2016 11:05 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety is reporting that HBO has temporarily shut down production on the upcoming small screen adaptation of Westworld to allow executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy to complete the final four scripts.

“As we head into the final phase of production on Westworld, we’ve made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing,” reads a statement from HBO.

See Also: First look teaser promo for Westworld

Originally, the plan was to wrap filming in November, but the production is now on a two month hiatus and will resume filming in March. Despite the setback, HBO is still hopeful that the series will premiere this year.

Inspired by the 1973 movie Westworld from Michael Crichton, the series features a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, »

- Gary Collinson

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HBO Temporarily Shuts Down Production On Westworld

18 January 2016 10:46 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

HBO has temporarily shut down production on the ambitious sci-fi drama Westworld, citing the need of a “brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing.” Outside of quick glimpses at the visual style of the show thanks to a thirty-second teaser, not much has been revealed about the series, which is a remake of the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name.

When it does premiere, the show will follow the behind-the-scenes drama of a futuristic theme park where robots and humans exist at once to entertain the masses of the western-themed vacation destination. HBO insisted that the show was on track a few weeks ago, but reports have now come out regarding the writers’ need to catch up on the first season’s final four scripts.

With the brief hiatus, showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy will be allowed room to breathe and create a show worthy »

- Mitchel Broussard

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HBO Temporarily Shuts Down Production On ‘Westworld,’ But Still Hoping For 2016 Debut

18 January 2016 9:23 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Is there trouble on the horizon for HBO's star-studded, TV series take on Michael Crichton's "Westworld"? The talent is immense, with Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy running the sci-fi show which stars Ed Harris, James MarsdenEvan Rachel WoodThandie NewtonAnthony Hopkins, and Jeffrey Wright, but it seems there needs to be some retooling before this one is ready for air. Variety reports that HBO has shut down the show, explaining that a break is needed in order to get the creative elements back on track. “As we head into the final phase of production on ‘Westworld,’ we’ve made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing,” the network said in a statement, while clarifying to the trade that they still aim for the show to premiere this year. Read More: The 25 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2016 It's another »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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HBO Temporarily Shuts Down Production On ‘Westworld,’ But Still Hoping For 2016 Debut

18 January 2016 9:23 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Is there trouble on the horizon for HBO's star-studded, TV series take on Michael Crichton's "Westworld"? The talent is immense, with Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy running the sci-fi show which stars Ed Harris, James MarsdenEvan Rachel WoodThandie NewtonAnthony Hopkins, and Jeffrey Wright, but it seems there needs to be some retooling before this one is ready for air. Variety reports that HBO has shut down the show, explaining that a break is needed in order to get the creative elements back on track. “As we head into the final phase of production on ‘Westworld,’ we’ve made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing,” the network said in a statement, while clarifying to the trade that they still aim for the show to premiere this year. Read More: The 25 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2016 It's another »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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HBO Shuts Down ‘Westworld’ Production, Possibly to Deal With Robots Running Amuck

18 January 2016 7:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

HBO has temporarily halted production on its long-gestating television adaptation of Westworld, claiming that executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy need more time to fine tune the final four scripts for the show’s first season. If you read between the lines, that’s obviously B.S. It’s clear to anyone who really thinks about it that the network is […]

The post HBO Shuts Down ‘Westworld’ Production, Possibly to Deal With Robots Running Amuck appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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HBO's "Westworld" Production On Hiatus

17 January 2016 9:33 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Production has been temporarily shut down on HBO's highly anticipated and ambitious sci-fi drama series "Westworld".

Variety reports that the project, a new spin on Michael Crichton's classic 1973 film about androids gone haywire at an amusement park in the near future, shuttered for two months so executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy can catch up on the final four scripts.

Filming on the first season was originally scheduled to wrap in November, but things were put on hold and now it is set to resume its last batch of filming in March.

HBO says in a statement: "As we head into the final phase of production on 'Westworld' we've made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing." They add that they still intend to premiere the series sometime this year.

The new take is described as a "dark odyssey about »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Westworld’ Production Pause Won’t Affect HBO Series’ $12M Tax Credits

17 January 2016 4:13 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

HBO’s two-month Westworld shut-down won’t prevent the high-priced drama from getting millions in tax incentives. Sources inform Deadline that the pause to allow EPs Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy a breather to finish four final scripts won’t endanger the more than $12 million in credits from California last summer. As long as a show doesn’t a hiatus of more than 120 days in total during principal photography, the incentives still flow to the show. HBO confirmed the delay… »

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HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Shuts Down Production, Still Targeting 2016 Premiere (Exclusive)

17 January 2016 3:15 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Production has been temporarily shut down on HBO’s highly anticipated drama “Westworld,” sources tell Variety.

The ambitious project, which doesn’t have an official premiere date, was shuttered for two months so executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy can catch up on the final four scripts. Sources say the California-based production, which was originally scheduled to wrap in November, is now set to resume in March.

“As we head into the final phase of production on ‘Westworld,’ we’ve made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing,” said HBO in a statement.

Sources tell Variety the shutdown is temporary and that HBO is confident that the series will make its targeted premiere date. HBO has yet to specify a date beyond saying it will air in 2016.

The one-hour drama, inspired by the 1973 film starring Yul Brynner, is described as “a »

- Debra Birnbaum

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James Marsden Signs With CAA

14 January 2016 4:31 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: CAA has signed James Marsden, who stars in the HBO sci-fi series Westworld, inspired by Michael Crichton's Western thriller. Marsden was most recently seen in the Sundance film The D-Train and his other screen credits include X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Anchorman 2, Lee DanielsThe Butler and 2 Guns. Westworld is currently in production, with Jonathan Nolan exec producing, writing and directing. Marsden, who had been repped by Wme, continues to be managed by… »

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James Marsden Signs With CAA

14 January 2016 4:31 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: CAA has signed James Marsden, who stars in the HBO sci-fi series Westworld, inspired by Michael Crichton's Western thriller. Marsden was most recently seen in the Sundance film The D-Train and his other screen credits include X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Anchorman 2, Lee DanielsThe Butler and 2 Guns. Westworld is currently in production, with Jonathan Nolan exec producing, writing and directing. Marsden, who had been repped by Wme, continues to be managed by… »

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‘Person Of Interest’ To Return In Spring, No Decision To End Series — TCA

12 January 2016 9:29 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

While the producers of Person Of Interest are treating the current 13-episode season as a last, CBS says it is not. The series, from Jonah Nolan and J.J. Abrams, was left off the CBS fall schedule, it was given a partial order and has not been scheduled yet. “We hope to get it on this spring,” CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller said at TCA this morning. “Greg (Plageman) and Jonah have planned a terrific season.” He stressed that no decision on the future of Poi will… »

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Person of Interest Likely Headed Into Final Season, J.J. Abrams Confirms

9 January 2016 9:06 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Person of Interest‘s number is, apparently, up.

“My guess is [Season 5] is the final season,” executive producer J.J. Abrams shared on Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “The only heartbreak there is how much good story there was to come if it were to have continued.”

Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

Planning ahead of time for the Season 5 finale to also serve as a series finale, Abrams confirmed, was “the goal. But, obviously, things can be adjusted if [there’s] a miraculous [ratings] performance. But I think the idea »

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The Most Anticipated TV Series of 2016

5 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Just when you thought it was safe to disconnect your DVR, the scripted television landscape again becomes crowded with essential viewing material. With the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour upon us and kicking off Tuesday from the Langham hotel in Pasadena, Calif., Variety’s TV staff chronicles the programs it’s most looking forward to in 2016.

American Crime” (ABC): Jan. 6

Coming off of a slew of Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for its freshman season, John Ridley’s dark ABC anthology is back with a new storyline and new characters set among a rattling high school male rape accusation. With strong, fresh cast members (“Falling Skies” alum Connor Jessup playing the victim) and the return of Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton and Regina King in all new roles, the critically acclaimed drama hopes to see bigger ratings than its first run, which garnered rave reviews across the board for »

- Variety Staff

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