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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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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
A very strange thing happened to NBC this year: for the first time in a decade — a period during which it has mostly been a laughingstock — it will finish a season in first place among the adults 18-49 demographic that advertisers care about most. Ordinarily, a network that wins a season can play things conservatively for the next year, but NBC's success isn't entirely replicable. Yes, the network's buoyed by regular, season-long programming like "The Voice" and hit freshman drama "The Blacklist," but a lot of credit for that win comes from "Sunday Night Football," which always goes away in January (leaving the network's ratings on that night a shambles), and some from the Winter Olympics, which won't be back for another four years. So the schedule that NBC announced for next season seems on the one hand a fairly stable one. "The Blacklist," for instance, will stay in a »
- Alan Sepinwall
Pull up a chair to the dinner table, Hannibal will return for a third season, NBC has announced. Hannibal's most recent outing attracted 2.76 million viewers and a 1.1 rating in the adults 18-49 demo. Hailing from Bryan Fuller, Hannibal stars Hugh Dancy as William Graham, Caroline Dhavernas as Dr. Alana Bloom and Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter. In its second season, Hannibal has averaged a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.6 million viewers overall, according to NBC. The news comes on the heels of Law & Order: Svu's 16th season pickup. "It's official. Thank you #SVUDiehards, cast and crew, Dick Wolf, @Mariska, Bob Greenblatt and @nbc. #SVUSweetSixteen!!," »
If you love the excitement, thrill and intellectual challenge of a good crime drama, then you’re spoilt for choice right now. Gone are the cheesy whodunit cop dramas of the past, with obvious plot lines and repetitive crimes, now replaced by a fantastic array of shows that really strive to push the genre to its limits. Featuring the cream of Hollywood talent, you can look forward to some truly gripping new drama, to carry you away to another world of crime, mystery and murder.
Starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, HBO show True Detective has already been a massive hit. You knew from the outset that this drama has something special in store for you – it’s not for nothing that two of Hollywood’s most powerful actors have come together on the small screen. This HBO show interweaves multiple timelines to trace the hunt for a »
- David Agnew
A&E is expanding its nonfiction programming slate with four new series and four new pilots, including the series ““Godfather of Pittsburgh”,” about a Pennsylvania wiseguy with a restaurant and nightclub empire, and “Love Prison,” (working title) where people in online relationships are forced to meet for the first time on a deserted island. Pilots in development include “Nightwatch,” about the graveyard shift for emergency responders, and “The Unproduceables,” a behind-the-scenes look at creating a reality show about senior citizens at a retirement home in Florida.
“As our successful long-running franchises continue to be the driving force of the network, we are making a significant investment in growing our unique slate of quality original nonfiction programming,” said David McKillop, g.m. and Evp of A&E, who announced the lineup. “These projects represent a small percentage of the new innovative formats that we hope will excite current A&E viewers »
- Whitney Friedlander
The Law & Order: Svu detectives will remain on the case for another season—NBC has renewed the long-running drama for a 16th season, E! News has confirmed. The entire cast, including Mariska Hargitay, is expected to return for the new season. Hargitay is the only actor still on the show since it began in 1999. Law & Order: Svu is the only remaining Law & Order series still in production. "It's official. Thank you #SVUDiehards, cast and crew, Dick Wolf, @Mariska, Bob Greenblatt and @nbc. #SVUSweetSixteen!!," showrunner Warren Leight tweeted. NBC and Dick Wolf, the show's creator and executive producer, were reportedly in tense renewal negotiations leading fans to use the »
Continuing its piecemeal tip-toeing around the bubble, NBC has renewed "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" for a 16th season. And that's all of the NBC renewal/cancellation news we have for today. Sorry. No "Community" news. Chill, y'all! By all reasonable standards, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" should have been a no-brainer for renewal and should have been picked up months ago. In "most current" Nielsen figures, it is averaging a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.4 million viewers. Not only that, but the Mariska Hargitay favorite is one of they year's only returning dramas to post growth over the 2013-2014 season, rising 19 percent among adults 18-49 and 16 percent overall. NBC had already renewed "Svu" producer Dick Wolf's "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago Pd," leading to speculation, mostly from a single trade website, that "Svu" could be in trouble due to demands for lowered budgets and whatnot. It's unclear who won or lost in the negotiations, »
- Daniel Fienberg
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