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7 items from 2015

“Those We Rely On” A&E’s Nightwatch, Jan. 29 Preview!

6 hours ago | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

TV Picks: A new episode of A&E Network’s new nonfiction series “Nightwatch” from executive producer Dick Wolf and 44 Blue Productions will premiere this Thursday, January 29 at 10 Pm Et/Pt.In the episode entitled “Those We Rely On” — It’s an emotional night on the Nightwatch in New Orleans as one Ems officer tells his partner that this is their last night together on the job. Meanwhile, the fire fighters receive a call about a truck on fire after a collision at a gas station. This is the kind of night that serves as a reminder that the people of […] »

- April Neale

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Producer Mark Gordon Honored with 2015 Norman Lear Achievement Award

21 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mark Gordon will need to brush off mantel space for his latest kudo, the 2015 Norman Lear Achievement Award from the Producers Guild of America. The honor, named for the pioneer behind “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” will be handed out at the 26th annual Producers Guild of America Awards held on Jan. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Past recipients of the prestigious award include Chuck Lorre, J.J. Abrams, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, John Wells, Lorne Michaels, Aaron Spelling, David E. Kelley and, yes, Lear.

Gordon, the producer behind mega-hit series such as “Criminal Minds,” “Ray Donovan,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and telepic “Warm Springs,” which earned him an Emmy, and “Saving Private Ryan,” for which he won an Oscar and a Golden Globe, is also president emeritus and former prexy of the Producers Guild.

He says he strives to embody Lear’s spirit in his own work. »

- Marianne Zumberge

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11 Things We Learned at the NBC Winter TCA Panels: Scoop on 'Parks & Rec,' 'Chicago Fire,' and More

17 January 2015 4:13 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour is underway and Moviefone sat in for the panels at NBC's day to present their upcoming roster of programming. We got some scoop on new shows and returning favorites -- here are the highlights!

1. Eva Longoria Returns to TV

The "Desperate Housewives" alum's comedy "Telenovela," about a daytime actress and her popular show, has a 13-episode order already.

2. "Heroes Reborn" Has a New Star

And his name is Zachary Levi. The "Chuck" actor will join NBC's upcoming miniseries, a continuation of "Heroes."

3. The Next NBC Live Musical Will Be...

"The Wiz" or "The Music Man." They're still deciding. Which would you prefer?

4. An Undergound Railroad series?

Another musical endeavor for the network will be "Freedom Run," a musical miniseries that will focus on stories from the Underground Railroad and feature music from Stevie Wonder.

5. Dolly Parton Has Some TV Tricks Up Her Bedazzled Sleeve

In other music news, »

- Alana Altmann

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‘Chicago Fire’ & ‘Chicago P.D.’ Will Keep The Crossovers Comin’ – TCA

16 January 2015 6:21 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

With executive producer Dick Wolf holding court in the middle, actors from the two Midwestern franchises in the Wolf empire, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., sat on the same panel today at TCA. The topic was series crossover. Wolf — wearing flame-orange socks with his black ensemble — confirmed that the two NBC shows will continue to have crossover episodes. "Two or three times a season, it's happening,"   he said. Wolf said that crossover of his series began some 20 years… »

- Erik Pedersen

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Dick Wolf Talks ‘Chicago Fire’ Death Shocker and Crossover Episodes

16 January 2015 6:10 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

TCA 2015: Executive producer says devastating twist was meant to “maximize the effect” of character’s departure

Dick Wolf joined cast members from his NBC shows “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” onstage at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Friday, discussing a variety of topics, including September’s shocking death of “Chicago Fire” character Leslie Shay and the successful crossover episodes that the two shows undertook with “Law & Order: Svu” last year.

Asked about the decision to kill off Shay, the executive producer said that the death was a two-fold effort.

Also Read: The Scene at TCA: Funny, »

- Tim Kenneally

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Chicago Fire, P.D. Plot February Sweeps Crossover — Plus: Is Chicago Med Next?

16 January 2015 5:35 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The doctor is in on Chicago Fire.

The NBC drama — which has already spawned spinoff Chicago P.D. — will play host to an “integrated episode” this season for a possible Chicago Med offshoot.

Photos Winter TV Spoiler-palooza! Your Scoop-Filled Guide to 27 Returning Favorites

“We hope that we’re going to get good people [for the cast],” executive producer Dick Wolf said following a Television Critics Association winter press tour panel.

Wolf noted that the “embedded spinoff,” which will feature “an event that brings us inside Chicago Med,” won’t necessarily go to series.

In the end, “it’s 100 percent [NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt’s] decision, not mine,” he said. »

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A&E Sets ‘Bates Motel,’ ‘The Returned’ Premiere Dates

9 January 2015 9:26 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A&E’s new drama series “The Returned” will premiere on March 9 immediately following the Season 3 premiere of “Bates Motel,” the network announced on Friday.

The Returned,” executive produced by “Bates Motel” Ep Carlton Cuse and Raelle Tucker (“True Blood”), is based on an Emmy-award winning French series, which was adapted by Fabrice Gobert from feature film, “Les Revenants,” directed by Robin Campillo.

Also Read: ‘Resurrection’ Producer: ‘We’ve Never Watched’ France’s ‘The Returned

The series focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead, suddenly reappear. Their »

- Greg Gilman

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