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The year in TV: The rise of single-director television seasons

15 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Clive Owen and Michael Angarano in The Knick

From the apparent death of the romantic sitcom to the resurgence of superhero shows, there have been a lot of developments in television over the year. But if there is one trend that has defined 2014 in television, it has been the migration of directors to the small screen for season-long projects. While not an idea that’s unique to the year, as the Jane Campion-helmed first season of Top of the Lake signalled the trend in 2013, this year’s television firmly established the migration as something more than a novelty.

Of course, big name directors hopping in for an episode or two of shows they are executive producers on is nothing new. Martin Scorsese’s direction in the pilot no doubt convinced some people to give Boardwalk Empire a chance, as did Neil Marshall’s work on the pilot of Constantine »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Amazon Announces 7 Pilots For 2015

12 November 2014 7:57 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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 (LostThe Strain) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart) are behind Point Of Honor, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Introducing Seven New Pilots Coming to Amazon

11 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

A close-up look at a family torn apart by the start of the Civil War. An adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s alternate history of the United States post-World War II.  A satire of new age yoga culture in west Los Angeles.  And a docu-series based on America’s most award-winning magazine. 

Get ready for our first pilot season of 2015, when seven new series will debut their first episodes in January on Amazon Instant Video in the U.S. and U.K.. As with previous pilot seasons, you’ll be invited to watch each of them and provide feedback on the ones you’d like to see become full series.

The seven new pilots come from both highly-acclaimed and newly-discovered creators, and an impressive roster of talented actors have signed on to bring each pilot to life.  Here’s a brief summary of each: 

Cocked — A big city corporate lapdog »

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Amazon Studios announces it pilot season line-up for 2015

11 November 2014 8:42 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

Cocked

Cocked stars Sam Trammell (True Blood) as Richard Paxson, »

- Gary Collinson

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Amazon announces 7 new pilots for 2015

11 November 2014 7:40 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Amazon is entering pilot season strong with seven pilots for shows with big names attached. The pilots will include hour-long shows CockedMad 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

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Amazon Announces 7 New Pilots for 2015

11 November 2014 7:30 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Amazon's 2015 pilots will premiere early next year, the company announced today. The newest slate has seven shows — four hourlong scripted series, two half-hour scripted series, and a half-hour kinda-sorta-documentary series. Behold:Cocked: An hourlong dark comedy about a gun-loving family whose liberal prodigal son returns. True Blood's Sam Trammell plays the son who swore he'd never come back to Virginia; Jason Lee plays the son who never left. Down Dog: A hunky yoga instructor's life starts to crumble in this half-hour sitcom. Paget Brewster plays his boss/ex, and Kris Kristofferson also appears. Mad Dogs: In the slightly higher-profile department, this hourlong dark comedy stars Steve Zahn, Billy Zane, Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli, and Ben Chaplin as a group of high-school friends who reunite in Belize — and then things get a little out of control. The show's based on a U.K. series, and The Shield »

- Margaret Lyons

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'Showrunners' Duo Detail the Doc's Impossible and Amazing Race to the Finish (Guest Column)

31 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

 J.J. Abrams (LostFringe), Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Damon Lindelof (Lost) and countless others shift from behind the scenes to become the focus of a new documentary, Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show. The doc offers numerous first-hand accounts of what it takes to get a TV show on the air and features a backstory that is almost as equally fascinating. Below, director Des Doyle and co-producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey detail the arduous journey behind Showrunners. Read more 'Showrunners': Movie Review For anyone who has ever truly pursued the dream of making

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- Des Doyle, Ryan Patrick McGuffey

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Review: ‘Showrunners: The Art Of Running a TV Show’

30 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show” should probably be required viewing in film/TV studies classes, but as a mass-consumption documentary, it doesn’t quite pass the test. Much of that has to do with a lack of focus, inasmuch as it offers a snapshot of the exalted status of TV producers at an interesting time, but without a clear point of view or direction. The producers, obviously, are good storytellers, and there is something to be said — touched on here — about their shifting roles as TV has embraced an auteur quality. Still, the resulting doc finally feels like less than the sum of its anecdotes.

Irish filmmaker Des Doyle received funding from both the Irish Film Board and Kickstarter to assemble the project, which might explain a certain wide-eyed, rudimentary approach to the topic, from defining the term “showrunner” and the rungs of the writer-producer ladder to »

- Brian Lowry

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Review: ‘Showrunners: The Art Of Running a TV Show’

30 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show” should probably be required viewing in film/TV studies classes, but as a mass-consumption documentary, it doesn’t quite pass the test. Much of that has to do with a lack of focus, inasmuch as it offers a snapshot of the exalted status of TV producers at an interesting time, but without a clear point of view or direction. The producers, obviously, are good storytellers, and there is something to be said — touched on here — about their shifting roles as TV has embraced an auteur quality. Still, the resulting doc finally feels like less than the sum of its anecdotes.

Irish filmmaker Des Doyle received funding from both the Irish Film Board and Kickstarter to assemble the project, which might explain a certain wide-eyed, rudimentary approach to the topic, from defining the term “showrunner” and the rungs of the writer-producer ladder to »

- Brian Lowry

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Television that Home Video Forgot: Point Pleasant (2005)

25 October 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Point Pleasant

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Created by Marti Noxon and John McLaughlin

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television

Aired on Fox for one season (13 episodes, two unaired) from January 19, 2005 – July 3, 2005

Cast

Elisabeth Harnois as Christina Nickson

Grant Show as Lucas Boyd

Samuel Page as Jesse Parker

Aubrey Dollar as Judy Kramer

Dinah Meyer as Amber Hargrove

Cameron Richardson as Paula Hargrove

Show Premise

A mysterious female stranger washes ashore of the New Jersey seaside town named Point Pleasant, where she is rescued ashore. The mysterious stranger is Christina Nickson (Elisabeth Harnois), who it is implied is the daughter of Satan, but who tries to fight her evil inclinations, such as her strong attraction to the romantically unavailable lifeguard, Jesse Parker (Samuel Page). Christina is tempted towards evil by Lucas Boyd (Grant Show), a servant of the Devil that was sent there to ensure she fulfills her destiny. Upon her arrival to »

- Jean Pierre Diez

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'Showrunners' Doc Looks at Those Who Run Your Favorite TV Shows

30 September 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

A few years ago, we featured an early extended trailer for a documentary that was still being made called Showrunners. The project even went on to become a Kickstarter funded film, and now it's finally poised for a release at the end of October, and a new trailer has arrived. For those who don't know, a showrunner is someone who keeps the wheels spinning on your favorite TV shows. Often times they are both a writer and executive producer on the series in question, an this documentary talks to some of the best in the business from Joss Whedon to Shawn Ryan, all talking about the day-to-day work of making a TV series. Watch! Here's the final trailer for Des Doyle's Showrunners, originally from Apple: Directed by Des Doyle, Showrunners is a feature length documentary film about the fascinating world of television showrunners – the writers and producers of Us television drama and comedy series. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Chris Pratt opens up jars of pickles in his 'SNL' promos

23 September 2014 10:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Chris Pratt opens up jars of pickles in his “SNL” promos Watch the “Parks and Rec” star endure Kate McKinnon’s “creepiness.” ABC and NBC are vying to bring Eva Longoria back to TV NBC has offered the former “Desperate Housewives” star “Telenovela,” a sitcom that takes place behind the scenes of a telenovela that will use the resources of sister network Telemundo. ABC, meanwhile, is offering Longoria a comedy from the team behind “Trophy Wife.” “The Sopranos” alum Michael Imperioli joins Amazon’s “Mad Dogs” pilot from “The Shield” creator He’ll join Steve Zahn, Romany Malco and Ben Chaplin in a Shawn Ryan drama about a group of former frat brothers whose vacation to Belize is interrupted by murder and a psychotic gang. Click Read Full Post For More NBC cast a Native American actress for “Peter Pan Live’s!” Tiger Lily The Peacock avoided any potential controversy »

- Norman Weiss

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Shawn Ryan Top Vote-Getter in WGA West Board Election; Incumbents Keep Seats

16 September 2014 6:36 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Updated With Corrected Membership Figures: TV writer and producer Shawn Ryan was the top vote-getter in the WGA West’s board election, which saw a turnout of 22.4% of the guild’s members casting ballots. Ryan, creator and showrunner of The Shield and The Chicago Code, got more votes than all of the incumbents in the race, with his name appearing on nearly 67% of the 1,835 ballots cast. The guild has more than 21,000 members, according to its latest filing with the Department of Labor. The guild said there were about 8,200 members eligible to vote.

All five incumbents — Chip Johannessen, Scott Alexander, Michael Oates Palmer, Katherine Fugate and Marjorie David — won re-election to two-year terms on the board. Fugate finished second in the voting, with her name appearing on 1,124 ballots (61.3%), followed by Johannessen (1,071, 58.4%); Alexander (965, 52.6%); Aaron Mendelsohn (964, 52.5%); David (952, 51.9%); Palmer (817, 44.5%); Jonathan Fernandez (722, 39.3%); and Peter Lefcourt, who was elected to a one-year term (648, 35.3%), filling the vacancy »

- David Robb, Special To Deadline

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Shawn Ryan, Chip Johannessen Win Seats for WGA West Board

16 September 2014 6:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Showrunners Shawn Ryan and Chip Johannessen have won two-year board seats for the Writers Guild of America West.

Ryan, creator and exec producer of “The Shield” and other shows, becomes a first-time member of the board after serving on the guild’s negotiating committee at recent bargaining with producers. He was the top vote-getter among the 17 candidates for nine open seats and said on his Twitter account that he was “very honored.”

Being serious now, very honored to be joining the @WGAWest Board of Directors… http://t.co/ILpQ0Xf8N7

Shawn Ryan (@ShawnRyanTV) September 17, 2014

Incumbent Katherine Fugate (“Valentine’s Day,” “Army Wives”) came in second, followed by “Homeland” exec producer Johannessen, an incumbent who co-chaired the contract negotiating committee this year with Billy Ray.

Incumbents Michael Oates Palmer, Marjorie David and Scott Alexander also were re-elected, along with former board members Peter Lefcourt and  Aaron Mendelsohn. Newcomer Jonathan Fernandez also won a seat. »

- Dave McNary

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TV News: 'Minority Report' Will Have Female Lead, Patti Lupone Joins 'Penny Dreadful' And More

10 September 2014 1:19 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Fans of ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” have one heck of a season ahead of them. Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) will reprise her role as Agent Peggy Carter in a guest-starring spot in the season premiere on September 23rd. An “Agent Carter” spinoff is also set to debut in early 2015 as well, so it's probably safe to say this will all tie together. As for 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' George Stephanopoulos, of all people, will also cameo in the opening episode as himself. Agent Stephanopoulos? We’ll find out in two weeks. [THR] Casting for the quartet of leads in Amazon’s “Mad Dogs’ is nearly complete. Ben Chaplin (“The Thin Red Line”), Romany Malco (“Think Like A Man”) and Steve Zahn (“Treme”) will play former frat buddies who travel to reunite with another college friend and run afoul of a dangerous drug lord. Shawn Ryan »

- Zach Hollwedel

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TVLine Items: Gotham Has Best Buzz, Zahn & Malco Are Mad Dogs and More

9 September 2014 1:36 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Duh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh…best buzz!

That’s right: Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel Gotham topped the Television Critics Association’s poll for “Most Promising New Show” of Fall 2014, with Jane the Virgin (from The CW) and Showtime’s The Affair finishing at No. 2 and 3, it was announced on Tuesday.

Related Read TVLine’s First Impressions of Gotham, blackish, Jane the Virgin and Many More New Shows

Most Promising New Comedy went to ABC’s black-ish, edging out Jane the Virgin and NBC’s A to Z, while Gotham (not surprisingly) also snagged Most Promising New Drama, followed by The Affair and (just »

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Romany Malco Books Starring Role in Amazon's Shawn Ryan Drama 'Mad Dogs'

9 September 2014 12:05 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Fresh off his run in the "Think Like a Man" franchise of movies, actor Romany Malco has booked a starring role (alongside Ben Chaplin and Steve Zahn) in Amazon's news streaming series from creator Shawn Ryan ("The Shiled"). Titled "Mad Dogs," the project will be a remake of a British series of the same name, which follows 4 friends who take a trip to Belize to visit a school pal, though as time passes, their holiday soon turns into a labyrinthine nightmare of lies, deception, and murder. The original series is described as a dark comedy and psychological thriller. Malco, Chaplin and Zahn will play the friends who head to Belize to visit their »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Zahn, Malco, Chaplin Join "Mad Dogs" Remake

8 September 2014 9:36 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Steve Zahn, Romany Malco and Ben Chaplin are set to star as three of the four key characters in Shawn Ryan's adaptation of the British series "Mad Dogs" for Amazon.

The story follows four former frat brothers who travel to Belize for a reunion with their wealthy old college friend Milo only to have their luxury vacation interrupted by murder, conspiracy and a psychotic gang lord out for their hides.

Zahn plays a married financial adviser trying too hard to retain his youth. Malco plays a former attorney turned struggling antiques dealer in the midst of a divorce. Chaplin plays the oldest of the group, a teacher trainer estranged from his family suffering from depression.

Chaplin actually starred in the original but in a different role, that of the wealthy friend. That role in this version hasn't been cast. Philip Glenister, John Simm, Marc Warren and Max Beesley played »

- Garth Franklin

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Steve Zahn, Romany Malco to Star in Amazon's Shawn Ryan Drama (Exclusive)

8 September 2014 5:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Amazon has found three of its four Mad Dogs. The streaming service has tapped Steve ZahnRomany Malco and Ben Chaplin to star in Shawn Ryan's adaptation of Mad Dogs, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Mad Dogs, from Sony Pictures Television, centers on four former frat brothers who travel to Belize for a reunion with their wealthy old college friend only to have their luxury vacation interrupted by murder, conspiracy and a psychotic gang lord who is out for their hides. Zahn will play Cobi, a 40ish, married financial adviser described as a slick and amusing guy who is fighting the onset of middle age by dressing

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Twice The Writer For Half The Pay: WGA Probing Producers’ Use Of “Paper Teams”

8 September 2014 1:53 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Always looking for the crooked angle, some unscrupulous film and TV companies have found a way to hire two writers for the price of one. Taking advantage of young, mostly inexperienced writers, these companies pair them up to form what’s called “paper teams” – two writers who are forced to work together for half the pay. Even some older experienced writers have caved to the companies’ demands that they work as a team. It’s a violation of the WGA’s contract, but so far nobody’s been caught doing it – not that the WGA West isn’t trying.

“That’s the scam — to get two writers for the price of one,” a guild source told Deadline. “It’s one of those areas that in hard times, writers, in economic self-interest, will say, ‘I need a job so bad, I’ll take it even if it’s half-scale.’ It’s »

- David Robb, Special To Deadline

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