14 items from 2016
“Sneaky Pete” follows a con man named Marius, played by Giovanni Ribisi, who upon leaving prison assumes the identity of his former cellmate, Pete. He moves in with Pete’s unsuspecting family and becomes roped into the clan’s bail bond business where he’s tasked with hunting down criminals.
Warner will play James Bagwell, Pete’s (Ribisi) parole officer, who is described as clean, meticulous, mercurial and volatile. He will appear in a minimum of three episodes with the option for more.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
In the wake of Sony Pictures TV chairman Steve Mosko’s surprise exit, Sony Pictures has realigned the leadership of the TV division to have four key units reporting directly to studio chief Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment.
Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, co-presidents of U.S. programming and production since 2005, will now oversee all production for the studio, with London-based international production chief Andrea Wong reporting to them.
International distribution chief Keith Le Goy is also rising to oversee all distribution for the studio, including U.S. Andrew Kaplan remains head of worldwide networks and Amy Carney remains president of advertiser sales and research. All of those execs previously reported to Mosko, including Wong.
Sony said the goal of the realignment was more “fully integrate” the TV operations into the rest of Sony Pictures. The perception hat the TV unit operating as an isolated fiefdom is known »
- Debra Birnbaum
The La Screenings are not just for programs born in the USA anymore.
The annual market that follows close on the heels of the broadcast upfronts has traditionally focused on showcasing the pilots that have just landed precious real estate on the fall schedules of ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and the CW.
It’s become a tradition for more than 1,500 buyers from around the world to gather in L.A. to screen the hot network properties. Buyers hop from studio to studio, spending hours in screening rooms and pressing the flesh with actors and showrunners.
But in recent years, many of the major studios have expanded the scope of their TV production operations well beyond the U.S. Fox, NBCUniversal, Warner Bros., and Sony have invested in production capabilities in London and other hubs. That means more high-profile series projects are originating with networks outside the U.S., and some »
- Cynthia Littleton
NBC had good reason to go all in on “The Good Place.”
The new comedy hails from “Parks and Recreation” co-creator Mike Schur, who has a long history at the network and a deal at studio division Universal Television. NBC gave it a straight-to-series order, skipping the traditional pilot process. The network also committed to a 13-episode season, with no plans for a back-nine order — the sort of limited run typically reserved for expensive, producer-driven dramas such as Fox’s “Empire,” in which the creative demands outweigh the economic appetite for more TV at all times. The deal helped the show nab stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, two of pilot season’s top gets.
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“In this world we’re in now, there’s more of a sense that shows should have a number of episodes that befits that idea, instead of just, ‘Let’s do »
- Daniel Holloway
Period pieces are hard. Period pieces incorporating actual historical figures can be harder. Not only are there a slew of details the producers must get right in order for the audience to buy in, but maintaining a story that adds a fresh sense of must-watch TV is a tall order indeed. Enter the Canadian co-produced drama “Houdini & Doyle,” from co-creators David Hoselton and David Titcher, and producer David Shore (“House”). The midseason offering pairs two historical figures Harry Houdini (Michael Weston) and Sir Conan Doyle (Stephen Mangan), along with female constable Adelaide Stratton (Rebecca Liddiard) as they solve crimes »
- Amber Dowling
On the broadcast networks, this time of year often takes on the trappings of a big garage sale. Sometimes you come across a real find in the jumble of mid-season debuts: Excellent shows like “Hannibal,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Wonder Years” all premiered in the months of March or April.
But most of the time, spring gives the broadcast nets chance a chance to clean out their attics and get rid of dust-gathering items they have no real use for. And that brings us to the new drama “Houdini and Doyle.”
Fox has committed — quite possibly overcommitted — to the idea of using existing intellectual property as the basis for many, if not most, of its new shows; if the network can shoehorn the devil, Ichabod Crane or parts of the premise of “Minority Report” into a cop procedural, all the better. This time around, Fox »
- Maureen Ryan
Two episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
Before anyone says anything, yes. Yes, Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle really were a real life twosome, albeit an unlikely one. Doyle, despite making his fortune on the dependably logical Sherlock Holmes saga, was an avowed spiritualist, drawn toward the occult after a number of personal tragedies. Houdini, on the other hand, the rock star illusionist and escape artist, knew humbug when he heard it, spending a good chunk of his career ousting phony mediums and their “powers.”
So if it doesn’t outright invent the relationship at its core, then Houdini & Doyle, which premieres Monday on Fox, goes nuts with everything else. Imagining the duo as bickering paranormal private eyes, the series has fun with its spooky roots. The best of it is smart, silly, and a little scary. At certain points, though, it doesn’t seem to trust those roots, »
- Joe Incollingo
“Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor and “Better Call Saul’s” Jonathan Banks are among the thesps lending their voices to Disney Channel’s upcoming animated series “Tangled: Before Ever After,” set between the events of the feature film and the start of the 2012 short film, “Tangled Ever After.” Also joining the film’s leads, Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, are Ashley Judd as Rapunzel’s mother Queen Arianna; Broadway star Eden Espinosa as Rapunzel’s handmaiden and confidant, Cassandra; comedian Jeff Ross as Hook Hand’s brother Hook Foot; Richard Kind as Uncle Monty; Sean Hayes as Pete the Guard; Peter MacNicol as Nigel the Adviser; Clancy Brown as Rapunzel’s father King Frederic; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as blacksmith Xavier; Diedrich Bader as »
- Jacob Bryant
There is a change at the helm of the upcoming Amazon drama series Sneaky Pete. Executive producer/showrunner David Shore, who wrote the pilot script from a story he co-penned with Bryan Cranston, has left the project, from Sony TV and Amazon Studios. He will be succeeded by Justified creator Graham Yost, who is taking the reins as executive producer and showrunner. The drama, starring Giovanni Ribisi, was originally developed and piloted by CBS last year. After it didn’t… »
Houdini and Doyle
Fox has announced a May 2nd premiere date for their new series "Houdini and Doyle" from "House" creator David Shore. The first trailer for the series is now out and can be seen below.
The mystery adventure drama stars Michael Weston, Stephen Mangan and Rebecca Liddiard and follows illusionist Harry Houdini (Weston) and author Arthur Conan Doyle (Mangan) who begrudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate unsolved, inexplicable and possibly supernatural crimes. [Source: ]
Fox has confirmed that its long-running procedural "Bones" will return for a twelve-episode twelfth and final season. The series, currently in the midst of its twenty-two episode eleventh season, will score a proper send off and the producers now have plenty of time to wrap up their ongoing stories and character arcs.
The decision to end the series isn't a surprise, it was a long running ratings performer for Fox but has »
- Garth Franklin
The 10-episode drama will bow May 2 at 9 p.m., following “Gotham” and one week after current 9 p.m. series “Lucifer” ends its first season. Like last year’s “Wayward Pines,” which also bowed in May on Fox, it will continue to run into summer.
Inspired by true events, the series follows two great men of the 20th century and real-life friends — Harry Houdini (Weston), master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker; and Arthur Conan Doyle (Mangan), prolific writer, creator of “Sherlock Holmes” and paranormal aficionado. They grudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate unsolved, inexplicable and possibly supernatural crimes, alongside the first female constable of the London Metropolitan Police Force, Adelaide Stratton (Rebecca Liddiard).
“Houdini & Doyle” will debut simultaneously on the Canadian television network Global. »
- Rick Kissell
Kal Penn knows what it’s like to be typecast. Even though he broke through as a pothead in Harold and Kumar and joined the cast of House, he’s had to fake an Indian accent and, as he said during his speech at the Casting Society of America’s 31st annual Artios Awards, a producer once asked him to redo a reading with a bedsheet wrapped around his head like a turban. (He declined.)He’s had more than enough experience with bad casting directors to appreciate the good ones. “Any good casting director should base the role on the substance of the role, not necessarily on appearance,” Penn told Vulture on the red carpet. “I think that always makes for a more compelling character.” One of his favorite auditions was with David Shore when he read for House. “I went in, and there were men and women from »
- Claire Landsbaum
Just yesterday, we posted a first look at Fox's new series Houdini & Doyle. At the winter TCA press tour this month, creator David Shore said he hopes the series will run for several seasons.
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Fox on Friday pulled the curtain back on Houdini & Doyle, unveiling a 50-second teaser trailer for its upcoming 10-episode magical/mystery yarn.
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The limited series, which stars House vet Michael Weston as master magician Houdini and Episodes’ Stephen Mangan as renowned Sherlock Holmes author Doyle, follows the pair as they join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate unsolved and inexplicable and possibly supernatural crimes.
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14 items from 2016
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