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Pilot Buzz: What’s Heating Up as Networks Receive Early Cuts

8 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With the broadcast upfronts around the corner, early cuts of many pilots began to roll in to networks this week. That means buzz is building on some projects, but sources caution that it’s far too soon to declare winners and losers.

Some pilots are still in the lensing or editing process and won’t be delivered for another week or so. With those caveats, here’s a look at what appears to be looking good so far. The marathon week of upfront presentations for the Big Four and CW begins May 11, when Fox and NBC unveil their 2015-16 season plans.

For detailed information on production and creative auspices of this year’s pilots, see’s searchable Pilot Scorecard chart.


Five dramas have emerged as heat seekers: “Limitless,” “Code Black,” “For Justice,” “Rush Hour” and “Lfe.” The “Criminal Minds” spinoff and “Doubt” also have a fighting chance, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister and Cynthia Littleton

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Big Bang Plays 'That Funky Music', Mary Jane Rocks Janelle Monae & More

11 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

When you need me I’ll be there… with an all new TVLine Mixtape!

What follows is an array of songs recently featured on your favorite shows, including artist and album information in case you want to add them to your personal collection.

Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked — but we always love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

So peruse our playlist, then hit the comments with your favorite TV tunes. And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @RyanSchwartz.

RelatedTVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs From Jane the Virgin, Forever and »

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Director-Producer Joe Chappelle Inks Overall Deal With Wolf Films & Uni TV

10 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Chicago Fire executive producer-director Joe Chappelle has signed an overall with the companies behind the successful NBC drama series, Dick Wolf’s Wolf Films and Universal TV. Chappelle has emerged as one of the key auspices of the Chicago Fire franchise. He has served as executive producer and director on the mothership series since its launch. He directed the Chicago Fire episode that served as a planted pilot for spinoff Chicago P.D. as well as this week’s episode of C… »

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TNT Summer Slate Includes Three New Series, Ten Overall

2 April 2015 2:32 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It will be another busy summer for TNT, which on Thursday announced a lineup that features 10 original series for a second straight year.

The young slate features three new series that will bow during the warm-weather months — “Proof,” “Public Morals” and “Cold Justice: Sex Crimes” — as well as three dramas returning for a second season. The Turner network will also be saying goodbye to veteran “Falling Skies.”

TNT’s summer gets under way on Monday, June 8, with the season-four premiere of Mary McDonnell-fronted drama “Major Crimes” and the season-two bow of “Murder in the First” — two shows that were also paired on Monday a year ago. “Murder,” from Steven Bochco and starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson, will again focus on a single murder investigation throughout the course of the season.

“Rizzoli & Isles,” cable’s most-watched series last summer, returns for its sixth season on Tuesday, June 16. It will be followed at 10 p. »

- Rick Kissell

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‘Law & Order’ Producer Arthur Forney Inks Overall Deal with Wolf Films & Universal TV

24 March 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Arthur Forney has signed a new overall deal with Dick Wolf’s Wolf Films and Universal Television, Variety has learned.

Under the pact, Forney will continue as co-executive producer and director for all NBC series hailing from Wolf Films and Universal Television, including “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.

“As head of post-production, Arthur Forney is one of the irreplaceable pieces of the Wolf Films hierarchy,” Wolf commented. “I’ve worked with him every day on every episode we’ve produced for more than two decades. The fact that he has also directed some of the best episodes on all our series is merely icing on the cake.”

Forney, who started his career at Warner Bros., joined Wolf Films in 1988. He has worked on every “Law & Order” branded series, plus “New York Undercover” and the company’s current series, alongside Wolf.

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Producer-Director Arthur Forney Signs New Overall Deal With Wolf Films & Uni TV

24 March 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

25-year Wolf Films veteran, producer-director Arthur Forney, has closed a new overall deal with Dick Wolf’s production company and Universal TV, where the company is based. Under the pact, Forney will continue as a co-executive producer and director for all of Wolf Films/Uni TV NBC series, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.  Additionally, Forney also heads all of Wolf Films' post production operations. "As head of post production… »

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‘Law & Order: Svu’ Showrunner Warren Leight Sets Overall Deal with Sony TV (Exclusive)

13 March 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sony Pictures Television has added another heavy-hitter showrunner to its roster with a overall deal set with “Law & Order: Svu” exec producer Warren Leight.

The hefty three-year pact calls for Leight to develop new projects exclusively for the studio. But the deal also allows Leight to continue as showrunner on “Svu” for the coming 2015-16 season.

Leight has been at the helm of “Svu” for Dick Wolf and Universal Television for the past four seasons. He’s steered the long-running show through the departure of original co-star Christopher Meloni and kept it vital anchor series for the Peacock. Sony TV execs spent a long time wooing the hyphenate, but for Leight the deal was contingent on allowing him to stick with “Svu” for at least one more season.

In addition to being an in-demand showrunner, the New York native is an accomplished playwright. He won the Tony Award in 1999 for »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Bob Philpott, Hollywood Business Manager, Dies at 66

12 March 2015 4:47 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Bob Philpott, managing partner of Philpott Bills Stoll & Meeks, died Wednesday night after suffering from a stroke last month, his business partner Steve Bills told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 66. Philpott's clients included Law & Order creator Dick Wolf and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Philpott served in the Marines from 1968-1970, where he trained as a Scout Sniper attached to the First Marine Brigade. He went on to receive an accounting degree from California Polytechnic University in 1974 after leaving the military.   See more Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 He joined the business management firm Traubner & Flynn

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Q&A: NBC’s Bob Greenblatt on Faith-Based Dramas, ‘Blacklist’ Move, Multicam Comedy Focus

2 March 2015 10:32 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The mood has been a little dark on NBC this season, but things are about to lighten up. So says Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, in assessing the network’s performance as the 2014-15 season heads into its final quarter.

The Peacock has had little ratings luck with its new scripted series so far this season. The five dramas launched to date — “State of Affairs,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Constantine,” “Allegiance” and “The Slap” — have delivered lackluster numbers and are long shots for renewal.

Greenblatt acknowledges that NBC’s focus on dense, darker conspiracy thrillers such as “State of Affairs,” “Allegiance,” and the upcoming “Odyssey” has been out of step with the kind of material that viewers appear to be looking for in network dramas. That’s been a big handicap, especially as NBC has banked on an all-drama makeover of its Thursday lineup with the relocation of “The Blacklist” to the 9 p. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Lady Gaga Celebrates Her Engagement With the 'Chicago Fire,' 'Pd' Casts!

25 February 2015 7:36 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

After getting engaged on Valentine’s Day, Taylor Kinney introduced Lady Gaga to his family on Tuesday -- or at least his Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. family, that is.

Sophia Bush, who stars on P.D., took to Instagram on Wednesday to post a super cute photo of her and the Artpop singer hanging out at a party for the show’s producer, Dick Wolf.

Bush captioned the pic, "#wcw @LadyGaga, naturally. She Slayed the #Oscars and now she's snuggled up with the #ChicagoFam celebrating love. "The Oscars were amazing, but this!? This is everything." Oh #TaylorKinney you're a lucky man!! #love #congrats."

Gaga lucked out as well, getting a half-million dollar, heart-shaped diamond engagement ring. The couple have been dating since 2011, after Kinney starred in Gaga’s music video for her single "You and I."

Video: Lady Gaga Coming to 'American Horror Story’ -- Watch Her Creepy Promo!

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NBC Renews Contract of Entertainment President Jennifer Salke

24 February 2015 10:31 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jennifer Salke has renewed her contract as NBC’s entertainment president.

Salke’s new deal, which is believed to run three years, had been expected. The former 20th Century Fox TV exec weathered a rocky first year on the job at NBC to become well regarded within the network and NBCUniversal as a creative leader and manager.

Salke also has a very close working relationship with NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, whose deal with the Peacock runs through 2017. Salke’s previous three-year contract was to expire in June.

In addition to spearheading scripted programming and development for NBC, Salke oversees the Universal Television studio arm, which has expanded its operations during the past two years in a push to produce shows for non-nbcu outlets.

In a memo sent Tuesday morning to NBC staffers, Greenblatt wrote:

“I’m pleased to share the news that we’ve renewed Jennifer Salke as president of NBC Entertainment. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Oliver Platt Joins NBC’s ‘Chicago Med’

23 February 2015 3:20 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Oliver Platt has been tapped to co-star in NBC's Chicago Fire planted spinoff, Chicago Med. Platt is joining S. Epatha MerkersonYaya DaCosta and Laurie Holden in the ensemble medical drama project whose cast will be introduced in Episode 19 of Chicago Fire this season. Platt will play the intelligent head of psychiatry, Dr. Daniel Charles. The Chicago Med planted spinoff is being conceived and written by Dick Wolf, whose company Wolf Films produces the Chicago Fire/Chica… »

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‘Walking Dead’ Alum Laurie Holden Joins ‘Chicago Fire’ Spinoff

21 February 2015 10:54 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s a good thing Laurie Holden isn’t squeamish around the dead. “The Walking Dead” alumna will co-star in NBC’s potential “Chicago Fire” spinoff “Chicago Med,” our sister site TVLine reports.

Holden, who was Andrea, one of the original cast members on the zombie drama, will play ER surgeon Hannah Tramble alongside Yaya DaCosta and S. Epatha Merkerson.

Holden most recently appeared on TNT’s “Major Crimes,” and starred opposite Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey in “Dumb and Dumber.”

The medical drama will be introduced this season on the 19th episode of “Chicago Fire.”

“Chicago Med” is written by “Chicago Fire” creators-executive producers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt. The other exec producers are Matt Olmstead and Dick Wolf.


- Maane Khatchatourian

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Law & Order Vet S. Epatha Merkerson to Head Up NBC's Chicago Med

13 February 2015 4:09 PM, PST | | See recent news »

After years of playing a lieutenant, Law & Order alumna S. Epatha Merkerson is moving to the world of medicine.

The actress will star in the potential Chicago Fire spinoff Chicago Med, which will be introduced this season as an hour of the mothership series.

RelatedYaya DaCosta Cast as Chicago Med Nurse — and Fire Love Interest

Per our sister site Deadline, Merkerson will appear in Episode 19 of Fire as Sharon Goodwin, the head of the hospital which serves as the setting for Med. Though she doesn’t love the politics that go into running the establishment and has little patience for foolishness, »

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‘Chicago Fire’ Casts ‘Girlfriends’ Guide’ Actor Warren Christie

13 February 2015 10:29 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Warren Christie is ready for a hot time with NBC. Christie, who plays Abby McCarthy’s love interest Will on the Bravo series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” has been cast on the NBC drama “Chicago Fire.” Also Read: ‘Whitney’ Actress Yaya DaCosta Tapped to Star in ‘Chicago Fire’ Offshoot ‘Chicago Med’ The actor will appear on a few episodes of the series, playing a firefighter and childhood friend of Taylor Kinney‘s Kelly Severide. In addition to “Girlfriends’ Guide,” Christie is known for his starring role in the 2011 film “Apollo 18″ and Syfy’s “Alphas,” on which he played Cameron Hicks. »

- Tim Kenneally

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‘Whitney’ Actress Yaya DaCosta Tapped to Star in ‘Chicago Fire’ Offshoot ‘Chicago Med’

9 February 2015 4:29 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Yaya DaCosta is trading in her microphone for a stethoscope. DaCosta, who played troubled singer Whitney Houston in the Lifetime biopic “Whitney,” has been cast in NBC’s proposed “Chicago Fire” spinoff “Chicago Med,” an individual with knowledge of the casting told TheWrap on Monday. Also Read: NBC Lays Groundwork for ‘Chicago Fire’ Spinoff Titled ‘Chicago Med’ The potential spinoff will be given a trial run on Episode 19 of “Chicago Fire’s” current third season, when new characters are introduced. DaCosta will play a nurse named Maggie Seaver, who becomes romantically involved with Taylor Kinney‘s “Chicago Fire” character Kelly. »

- Tim Kenneally

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NBC Eyeing Law & Order Revival

9 February 2015 9:33 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One of the most popular television series of all time may be poised to return to airwaves, with news that NBC is looking at possibly bringing Dick Wolf’s original Law & Order back to the land of the living.

Reboots are all the rage these days; Fox resuscitated Jack Bauer for 24: Live Another Day, and NBC is already wheeling out Heroes for 13-episode miniseries Heroes Reborn, so the idea of making more Law & Order isn’t completely out of left field.

In fact, network brass note that this isn’t the first time they’ve discussed a reboot of its longest-running drama series. However, Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva thinks that movement is happening on that front, with NBC potentially looking at assembling an all-star lineup of heavy hitters from Law & Order‘s past, including stalwarts Chris Noth and Sam Waterston, for a 10-episode limited series.

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- Isaac Feldberg

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NBC Might Be Considering a Law & Order Revival

6 February 2015 1:51 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

NBC may be considering reviving the original Law & Order for a ten-episode limited series. According to Deadline, there's no official plan in place or active development, but there is "movement" on the idea, and both Chris Noth and Sam Waterston have reportedly been approached to reprise their roles. It's not a half-bad idea, really: L&O creator Dick Wolf has three dramas currently on NBC and another in the works, limited rerurns of canceled series are very trendy right now, and America's appetite for crime procedurals remains high. If only there were a way to bring Claire Kincaid back from the dead »

- Margaret Lyons

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The Blacklist, Grimm And Both Chicago Dramas Renewed As NBC Mulls Chicago Medical Spinoff

6 February 2015 8:01 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

NBC reaffirmed its devotion to all its veteran drama series yesterday, ordering additional seasons for The Blacklist (season three), Grimm (season five), Chicago Fire (season four), Chicago Pd (season three) and Law & Order: Svu (season 17).

After a lackluster 2014-15 season for the network, it makes sense that NBC would commit to another year with its known quantity series. Jennifer Salke, the network’s entertainment president, released an official statement today, announcing the pick-ups and stating:

“The creative vision of the executive producers who’ve guided these outstanding dramas has been nothing short of incredible. We’re highly appreciative of the passion they bring to their shows at every step of the creative process and we’re thrilled to reward that dedication with these renewals.”

The five shows received NBC’s first scripted renewals for the 2015-16 television season. Still awaiting news of their fates are midseason return Hannibal, which is expected to air this summer, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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See Which of Your Favorite NBC Shows Have Been Renewed - and Which Are in Jeopardy

5 February 2015 12:15 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Excellent news for Red Reddington converts: NBC has picked up The Blacklist for a third season. The second place network also continues to believe in Dick Wolf's cop drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: the Mariska Hargitay starrer earned an incredible 17th season renewal. (Though it's still shy of what the mothership accomplished. Law & Order made it to 20 seasons.) Grimm will also be back for a fifth season, Chicago Fire for a fourth, and Chicago P.D. for a third, NBC announced Thursday. The jury is still out on a few new dramas, however. NBC has yet to decide »

- lynette rice, @lynetterice

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