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A child pornography ring will bring the cops, firefighters and district attorneys of three Dick Wolf shows together on NBC during the November ratings period. The network announced plans on Monday for a three way cross-over event of “Law & Order: Svu,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago Pd.” The storyline will revolve around a child pornography ring that stretches from New York to Chicago, which will kick off on “Chicago Fire” on Tuesday, Nov 11. Also read: 31 ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Actors Were on ‘Law & Order’ (Video) The storyline will conclude on Wednesday, Nov 12 on “Law & Order: Svu” and “Chicago Pd,” »
- Linda Ge
It's official: NBC is doing a crossover stunt across three different crime dramas: Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: Svu. The unusual three-way crossover will have characters from NBC's Dick Wolf-produced fall procedurals interacting across three epiosdes next month. Word of the crossover had been making the rounds, but the network officially announced the plan and the event's premiere date today -- Nov. 11-12. NBC staged a crossover between Fire and P.D. last season, but this time is letting Svu in on the action. "We wanted to figure out a way to create a crime that connects all three shows, »
- James Hibberd
How to Get Away With Murder, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Directed by Michael Offer
Written by Peter Norwalk
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on ABC
How to Get Away With Murder, the new ABC drama from writer Peter Norwalk and executive producer Shonda Rhimes, has the potential to drive off the rails at any moment. The premise it sets up for itself (spoiler alert: it’s a murder) cannot sustain itself for more than a season. Its characters, a group of ambitious law students, are pitched at tones ranging between frantic and rabid. Its procedural elements are nothing that would be out of place on a Dick Wolf show. But the one element that gives me utter confidence that this show is worth watching, besides Shondaland’s unquestionable track record, is the central performance of Viola Davis, one of the great American actresses of our time. Her role as Annalise Keating, »
- Bryan Rucker
Kevin Hart to guest-judge “Dancing with the Stars” The comedian will fill in for Len Goodman for next week’s Movie Night. In defense of “True Detective's” casting Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn There was plenty of Twitter hate greeting today’s long-anticipated announcement, but the "seen-better-days duo” of Farrell and Vaughn could actually work. Plus: HBO couldn’t have cast a better actor than Vaughn. Floyd Mayweather: My Showtime “All Access” show was all fake The boxer told Nevada boxing regulators today that his reality show was completely staged. "I don't want to just sell a fight," Mayweather said. "I want to sell a lifestyle." Click Read Full Post For More The NY Times’ TV critic’s “angry black woman” critique of Shonda Rhimes shouldn’t be surprising "This is what happens when voices that have normally been pushed to the background take center stage,” says Eric Deggans, »
- Norman Weiss
“Rarely do we come across an entertainment powerhouse who not only raises the bar for the standard of television, but changes the landscape of the industry altogether,” said Producers Guild Awards co-chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy.
The 2014 recipient of the Norman Lear Award was Chuck Lorre and previous recipients include J J Abrams, Don Mischer, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, Garry K Marshall, Aaron Spelling, Steven Bochco, David E Kelley and Mark Burnett. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
In a statement Monday, PGA awards co-chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy said, “Rarely do we come across an entertainment powerhouse who not only raises the bar for the standard of television, but changes the landscape of the industry altogether. Mark Gordon is that powerhouse, whose vision has brought us some of the most essential television shows of our time, such as ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Army Wives’ and ‘Ray Donovan.’ Through Mark’s abiding passion for storytelling and his profound impact on contemporary television, he truly lives up to this award’s namesake. We are so pleased to honor him this year with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.”
The 26th annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. »
- Tim Gray
Campaign: UK-based producer Shaheen Schleifer and Executive Producer Roger Trett have
launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise a small portion of the funding for psychological horror film Earthworks.
Story: Written by Michael Gilvary, executive story editor and producer on Dick Wolf’s Chicago Fire, Earthworks is a chilling story set in the trenches of World War 1, centred around 5 young … Continue reading →
- Mike Joy
The film, television and stage actor will play Deputy Chief William Dodds, a charismatic but tough-as-nails boss who oversees all of the special victims units in the Big Apple. He demands respect and hard work from the commanders who answer to him — and is used to getting it.
“I’ve wanted to write for and work with Peter Gallagher since … forever,” said “Svu” showrunner Warren Leight. “He’s an actor’s actor – deft with text and subtext; emotion and intellect. Like everyone else in our cast, he’s also a great singer. We’re all thrilled that this long into the show’s run, actors of his quality want to do an arc on ‘Svu.’”
- Whitney Friedlander
ITV in the UK has announced that Law & Order: UK is ending after eight seasons. The final installment aired on June 11th overseas but season eight has yet to air on BBC America.
Created by Dick Wolf, Law & Order: UK began in 2009 and episodes were based on early episodes of the original Law & Order series. The cast includes Bradley Walsh, Ben Bailey Smith, Peter Davison, Georgia Taylor and Dominic Rowan.
"There may well come a time when we re-visit Law & Order: UK," said ITV's Director of Drama Commissioning Steve November. "For the moment we’ll be resting the series whilst we continue to refresh our drama slate."
The cancellation decision coincides with Walsh's decision to leave his role as Ronnie Brooks. The actor has been with the series since the beginning. He said, "Eight series is a »
“I remained on good terms with (CAA), just as I remain on good terms with UTA where I still have projects that we’re working on together,” Balcer said in an email.
Balcer is currently developing the FBI period drama “WonderWorld” at Starz with Owen Wilson and fellow “L&O” alum Fred Berner. Balcer will serve as showrunner, in addition to writing and exec producing the series.
Balcer has written for the “Law & Order” franchise since its start in 1990. He »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Longtime Law & Order franchise writer-producer Rene Balcer has signed with CAA. He was previously with UTA. Balcer is best known for his work on the Dick Wolf-created series, for which he won a best drama Emmy in 1997 as one of the flagship show’s executive producers. A writer for the long-running drama since its inaugural season in 1991, he was head writer and showrunner for many of its 20 seasons. In 2001, he created the Vincent D’Onofrio-fronted Law & Order: Criminal Intent and stayed with the spinoff as showrunner for the first half of its eventual
- Rebecca Sun
Here are the details:
TNT Renews Real-Life Crime Series Cold Justice for Third Season
Show Finds Strong Fan Base on Friday Nights, with Big Audience Growth
TNT is ready to crack more unsolved cases as it orders a third season of its fascinating real-life crime series Cold Justice. The series, which recently reached the middle of its second season, has become a Friday night hit for TNT, delivering strong demo growth compared to season one. TNT's renewal includes 10 episodes slated for the series' third season. Season 2 of Cold Justice is currently airing Fridays at 9 p.m. (Et/Pt). Season three is slated for early 2015 and will feature both »
TNT has renewed its real-life crime series “Cold Justice” for a third season, citing a growth in viewership on Friday nights.
The renewal includes ten episodes for the third season, slated for early 2015.
“Cold Justice” follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they travel around the country to look into long unsolved murder cases. Since the show’s premiere Siegler and McClary have assisted local law enforcement in securing 15 arrests, eight indictments, four confessions, two guilty pleas and one 22-year prison sentence.
“I’m most passionate about the idea that one day, we can knock on the door of a victim’s family and tell them that the case has been reopened, and with all the resources thrown at it, we’ve been able to solve it,” said Siegler in a statement. “To see that look in their eyes, to see how they feel about that, »
- Shelli Weinstein
TNT is sticking with Cold Justice. The Turner-owned cable network has picked up a third season of the unscripted series from exec producer Dick Wolf, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The true crime docu-drama will return with another batch of 10 episodes in early 2015, featuring both new states and types of cases that haven't yet been depicted on the series. The episodic order is up from the eight of season one and on par with the initial order for its current sophomore run, which was later upped to 16. Photos Summer TV Preview Cold Justice, which follows
- Lesley Goldberg
Marina Cordoni Entertainment will provide one-stop shop services for various stages of feature production, as well as financial pre-production negotiations and competed sales, marketing and release strategies.
Serving as executive producer, Cordoni will work alongside established film-makers to take projects to green light. Wearing her sales agent cap, Cordoni will handle deals for Canadian release and international distribution.
“This year represents an exciting turning point for me,” said Cordoni »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Get ready for TV’s spinoff invasion. Over half a dozen of next season’s newcomers will hit the airwaves with a presold connection to proven ratings performers. From “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” to fresh takes on the durable “CSI” and “NCIS” franchises to CW’s comicbook offshoot “The Flash” (introduced via “Arrow”), they’re already among the most anticipated new shows.
There’s nothing new about the concept of spinoffs, but as the crowded TV landscape makes launching a series increasingly difficult, the built-in appeal offered by a known quantity (like NBC’s looming revival “Heroes: Reborn” or ABC’s big-to-small screen experiment “Marvel’s Agent Carter”) is proving more appealing to networks than ever before. Just as every movie studio wants at least one powerhouse franchise to call its own, TV networks are embracing the value of successful brands.
“It was enormously helpful,” Dick Wolf says »
- Geoff Berkshire
It was an instinctive move for Greenblatt. Producers like to keep a close eye on their stars just before the curtain goes up. As the NBC Entertainment chairman chatted with Fallon, there was a brief “Where’s Bob?” moment backstage for the upfront production team. But on cue at 10:59 a.m., a smiling Greenblatt emerged from the black velvet drapes in the makeshift backstage area at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Center to hit his mark with perfect timing.
Greenblatt had good reason to be confident. NBC came to the upfront derby this year with the best ratings growth story of any major network during the 2013-14 season. Fallon has brought new sizzle to latenight, and primetime boasts a stylish new hit in “The Blacklist. »
- Cynthia Littleton
By now, there have been plenty of mashups of popular shows, twisting genres on their heads and forcing fans to look at their favorite series in new ways. The trial of Tyrion Lannister, portrayed by Peter Dinklage, on “Game of Thrones” opened the door for one of the best yet. See video: Peter Dinklage Performance Wows ‘Game of Thrones’ Viewers, Spurs #FreeTyrion Hashtag After all, there is no more appropriate time to do a mashup of George R.R. Martin's epic HBO fantasy with Dick Wolf's classic crime procedural, “Law & Order.” The opening sequence featured all the players in the trial — though. »
- Jason Hughes
The highest-rated drama telecast ever to air after the Super Bowl was ABC’s Thursday 9 Pm series Grey’s Anatomy in 2006, during the show’s second season. The episode, crafted as the opening hour of a two-part storyline, drew 37.9 million viewers, with the conclusion on Thursday also garnering blockbuster ratings. NBC‘s head of scheduling Jeff Bader, who orchestrated the Grey’s Super Bowl scheduling while at ABC, is taking a page out of that rule book with The Blacklist. Also in its second season and about to move into the Thursday 9 Pm slot, The Blacklist landed the post-Super Bowl spot on February 1 before it makes its Thursday debut February 5. At NBC’s upfront presentation today, chairman Bob Greenblatt announced that the episodes will be a two-part arc, clearly intended to give The Blacklist‘s Thursday premiere a hefty boost. Also at the presentation, Greenblatt promised more crossovers among Dick Wolf »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Coming off a season in which the network catapulted to No. 1 in the 18-49 demo and saw double-digit improvement in many prominent timeslots, NBC has announced its 2014-15 line-up; and on the horror side it's looking surprisingly good.
Fresh off announcing renewals for two of our favorites, "Grimm" and "Hannibal," and confirming that "Constantine" will be appearing on said lineup, we have two more photos and a trailer for the latter along with more details on "event" series “Aquarius,” “Emerald City,” and (just cause we know a lot of you guys were "Heroes" fans) “Heroes Reborn.”
“We had a stellar year in scripted programming development that resulted in the unprecedented number of new original series joining the line-up during the coming year, which spans from September 2014-September 2015,” said Bob Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “I’m inordinately proud of NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke and Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, »
- Debi Moore
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