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Oxygen has given the greenlight to four new projects — two competition series, a docu-comedy and a true crime show — the cable network announced Wednesday.
“Building upon our commitment to creating engaging, relatable content for millennial women, ‘Last Squad Standing,’ ‘The Battle of the Ex Besties,’ and ‘Unprotected,’ are sure to deliver fresh and compelling stories that will resonate with our fan base,” said Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. “And the success of our ‘Crime Time’ line-up proved there is a real appetite for the genre, and we’re excited to serve our audience with more premium content in this space.”
“Last Squad Standing” is executive produced by Lighthearted Entertainment’s Rob Laplante and Jeff Spangler. Trish Gold also serves as executive producer. In this new series, three groups of friends are put together under one roof to compete against each other through a »
- Laura Prudom
Network TV upfronts have been taking place for the last week, which is why we've been getting our first look at Fall's new TV shows right now. If you have the patience to sit through the trailers of all the new offerings, you might be making some mental notes for what you may want to add to your DVR come Fall, but let's be honest - there are a lot of them. That's why you come here! We already have some recommendations for new series we think you'll be into, and now comes another one, courtesy of The CW. The CW revealed its Fall schedule with a handful of freshman series, and one of them, No Tomorrow, stood out to me as the kind of show I'm going to love - and you will too, if you love network hits Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Here are the details. »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
The CW has released trailers for its new shows ahead of the 2016-17 season, which were unveiled at the network’s Upfront presentation in New York on Thursday morning. The CW’s fall schedule includes film adaptation “Frequency” and hourlong comedy “No Tomorrow,” along with Season 2 of “Supergirl,” which is shifting to the network from corporate sibling CBS. Greg Berlanti’s “Riverdale” will debut at midseason.
Check out the new promos below.
Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) has always wanted to prove that she is nothing like her father. In 1996, when Raimy was eight years old, NYPD Officer Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) left Raimy and her mother, Julie (Devin Kelley), behind when he went deep undercover, got corrupted, and got himself killed. Or so the story has always gone. Few people knew about the secret undercover sting operation Frank was really charged with, led by Stan Moreno (Anthony Ruivivar »
- Laura Prudom
The CW has a "super" new lineup for Fall 2016-2017, including the arrival of "Supergirl," which appears to be making a smooth transition from CBS on the same night and time, plus "Supernatural" moving once again for Season 12, this time back to Thursdays. The network really wants to keep fans on their toes with that show (which also has new showrunners). Whatever. Fans will follow it wherever it goes, even if it gets traded to CBS like a network fantasy league.
"We have four terrific additions to our schedule next season, and five great anchors at eight o'clock, every night of the week. [...] We are thrilled to have Supergirl on The CW this fall, joining our popular roster of DC heroes. Plus, we have three new series lined up for next season that perfectly fit our brand, »
- Gina Carbone
“Supergirl” will land in its familiar Monday 8 p.m. time slot when the drama relocates from CBS to the CW in the fall.
The DC Comics superhero series will be paired on the night with the third season of CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” in what the network called the union of a woman with superpowers and an “everyday superwoman.” “We think ‘Supergirl’ will give a real boost to ‘Jane the Virgin,’ ” CW chief Mark Pedowitz said.
Meanwhile, new romantic comedy “No Tomorrow” lands the coveted Tuesday 9 p.m. slot behind CW’s highest-rated series, “The Flash.” Pedowitz said the offbeat show about a romance that blooms as the apocalypse draws near “shares with ‘The Flash’ a blue-sky optimism” that made it a good fit for the time slot.
CW has ordered four new dramas for the 2016-17 campaign (see listings below), with three settling onto the fall schedule. “Riverdale, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Flaked will likely live on. Per sources, Netflix is nearing a deal for a second season of Will Arnett's deeply personal Venice, Calif. dramedy. The order is expected to be for six episodes, and comes some two months after the series premiered globally on the streaming service. To date, Flaked has been co-written by creators Arnett and his pal Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret), with Ben Silverman, manager-producer Peter Principato and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz serving as executive producers. Arnett also stars alongside a lesser known cast that includes David Sullivan, Ruth Kearney and
- Lacey Rose
The CW has ordered three new series for the 2016-17 season, in addition to picking up “Supergirl” from CBS for Season 2 and renewing almost the entirety of their 2015-16 lineup.
“Riverdale” hails from Warner Bros. Television and “Supergirl” and “The Flash” executive producer Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions. Set in the present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, “Riverdale” is described as a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade. Berlanti serves as exec producer alongside Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also penned the pilot, which was directed by Lee Toland Krieger.
The cast includes Lili Reinhart (“Surviving Jack”), Cole Sprouse (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”), Luke Perry (“Beverly Hills, 90210”, “Jesse Stone”), Kj Apa (“Shortland Street”) Marisol Nichols (“Gcb”), Mädchen Amick »
- Laura Prudom
Ben Silverman and Howard Owens’ Propagate has hired veteran media and senior business affairs executive Ivan Garel-Jones as Chief Operating Officer. In addition, the A+E Networks-backed independent production company named Isabel San Vargas Head of Production and added Linh Le to the business development team. Garel-Jones will oversee all legal and business affairs and operations for Propagate, reporting to co-CEOs Silverman and Owens. Garel-Jones joins Propagate from ITV… »
Gale Anne Hurd – executive producer on The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead – has found another horror concept to bring to TV. She's snapped up the rights to the fright-filled podcast Lore, and will produce a 10-episode season for the Propagate Content production company.
At the moment, there isn’t a network attached to the project. But with someone of Hurd’s calibre on board – she also produced cinematic classics The Terminator and Aliens – it’s surely only a matter of time before someone picks this up.
If you’re unfamiliar, the Lore podcast was launched in March 2015 and you've got 32 episodes to catch up on at the time of writing. It’s dedicated to exploring the real-life origins of iconic horror myths.
Lore is very research-led, and seeks to find eyewitness accounts and historical documents, »
Created by Aaron Mahnke, the podcast has more than two million listeners each month tuning in for the fact-based tales that are brought to life via heavily researched eyewitness accounts, documented stories and historical events.
Launched a year ago, over thirty instalments explored the true origins of pop culture's most legendary horror characters and myths such as vampires, zombies, werewolves, ghosts, serial killers and witches.
The series will offer a blend of narration, historical mixed media and cinematically shot scripted scenes featuring top talent. Like Netflix's "Black Mirror," the anthology nature is episode to episode, meaning each will feature a new lore.
- Garth Franklin
Panama City — Venezuelan-born actor Edgar Ramirez (“Joy,” “Carlos”) spoke to Variety at Iff Panama about his role as Panamanian boxer, Roberto Duran, in Jonathan Jakubowicz’s soon to be released “Hands of Stone,” also starring Robert de Niro, as his trainer, Usher as Sugar Ray Leonard, and Ellen Barkin, Ana de Armas, and Panamanian cult salsa singer, Ruben Blades.
Ramirez says that it was an honor to play Duran, who was nicknamed “Hands of Stone” because his hard hits led him to 103 wins in 119 fights. He considers Duran to be the greatest-ever Latin American boxer and one of the top ten all-time greats.
The pic is produced by Jay Weisleder, Carlos Garcia de Paredes, Claudine Jakubowicz and Jakubowicz of La Piedra Films and the executive producers include Ben Silverman, Max Keller, George Edee, Ricardo del Rio and Roberto Duran’s son, Robin Duran.
Robert de Niro championed the film for a long time, »
- Martin Dale
After months of speculation and negotiations, Reveille and Electus founder Ben Silverman has officially teamed up with his former close associate Howard T. Owens at his A+E Networks-backed independent production company Propagate Content. Silverman has been named Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer. Owens, who had been CEO since Propagate’s 2015 launch, will serve as co-ceo of the company, which has received an additional round of investment from A+E Networks. (Former… »
Ben Silverman, the “Jane the Virgin” executive producer who resigned last month as chairman of the Iac-owned premium-content studio Electus, has been named chairman and co-chief executive officer of Propagate Content. There, he will reunite with former partner and longtime collaborator Howard T. Owens, the other co-ceo. The independent Propagate Content has received an additional round of investment from A+E Networks. Propagate is also expanding its programming slate to span all genres, including the development, production and distribution of premium scripted series, longform and non-scripted content for all platforms worldwide, as well as format creation and distribution that will scale globally. »
- Tony Maglio
Silverman’s arrival at Propagate comes as the Los Angeles-based company receives another round of funding from A+E, which teamed with Owens to launch the company early last year. Former A&E Network programming chief David McKillop had partnered with Owens at the start but has since left to return to New York. He intends to work with Propagate on several projects.
Owens and Silverman signaled that they were joining forces again last month when Apple announced that the pair and Will.i.am are producing an unscripted series for the tech giant that will follow the personalities and behind the development of Apple Store apps. Silverman last month also formalized his exit from Electus, the production-distribution banner he launched in 2009 with backing from Barry Diller’s Iac. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Apple’s original content strategy sounds like it’s starting to veer into infomercial territory.
After announcing the scripted series Vital Signs starring company executive Dr. Dre -- which is reported to be more of a marketing vehicle for Apple Music than a full-on foray into original content -- followed by The Score, a docuseries by Vice that will be accompanied by Apple Music playlists, Apple’s latest TV series is a deep dive into the fascinating world of ... mobile apps?
The company’s first original TV show will be a nonscripted series about the app economy, according to The New York Times. It is being created by the musician (and Beats co-founder) Will.i.am alongside veteran television execs Ben Silverman and Howard Owens.
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- Geoff Weiss
Updated: Ben Silverman is officially on his own. The Electus founder Silverman has departed the Iac company after a separation agreement was finalized and his ownership interest was bought out. He has made his first sale post-Electus, teaming with former associate Howard T. Owens and entrepreneur Will.i.am for for a reality series for Apple. It will chronicle the development of apps. Silverman and Owens worked closely together at Silverman’s previous production company… »
The former partners this week finalized a deal to buy out Silverman’s ownership interest in the company although he will remain a profit participant in numerous TV series produced during his tenure. The confirmation of Silverman’s exit from Electus came on the same day Apple confirmed the producer is working with Will.i.am on an unscripted original series that follows a handful of people through the process of developing apps for Apple.
Grant and Buckley said the split with Silverman is amicable and emphasized that they will remain in business together in many respects through the ongoing projects. It’s no secret that Silverman had been detached from the day-to-day »
- Cynthia Littleton
Apple has lined up its next original TV project, and this time the iPhone maker is exploring a topic that hits close to home. The company has teamed up with executive producers Ben Silverman, musician Will.i.am and Howard Owens’ Propagate for an unscripted series about the Apple app ecosystem. Apple is offering few details about the project, but Silverman says it will, at least in part, highlight the stories of how Apple apps are developed. “We’ve seen some really, truly inspiring and incredible stories from our developers in what they’ve done, where they come from, how they started
- Natalie Jarvey
The Nine Lives of Chloe King alumna Amy Pietz is set as a series regular opposite Tori Anderson in the CW pilot No Tomorrow, from the Jane The Virgin duo of writer/co-executive producer Corinne Brinkerhoff and executive producer Ben Silverman. Based on a Latin American format, No Tomorrow centers on Evie, formerly Sarah (Anderson), a risk-averse, straight arrow female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center who falls in love with a freewheeling man who… »
Will Ben Silverman, founder of Reveille and Electus, start anew, launching a third production company? I hear Silverman is at the end of a negotiating window with Electus’ parent company, Barry Diller’s Iac, as his contract is coming up. But unlike the 2013 renegotiations, when Silverman ended up re-upping, I hear he is leaning toward leaving this time. While he has been fulfilling his duties at Electus, where he executive produces the series Jane The Virgin, Marco Polo… »
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