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It seems like an age since we said an emotional farewell to Walter White – the iconic Breaking Bad character that brought Bryan Cranston millions of new fans worldwide. But, despite many opportunities in film having presented themselves – including Argo and Godzilla – along with a Tony-award winning turn on the Broadway stage, it seems the actor has not abandoned the small screen entirely. HBO has acquired the rights to develop the play All The Way for television, and Bryan Cranston is firmly on board.
The role in the play that brought Cranston his Tony award is that of Us President Lyndon B Johnson, and the story centres on his initial, eventful year in office. In the wake of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the plot encompasses the escalation of the Vietnam War, the launch of the Civil Rights Bill, and the election that brought him Johnson his first full term as President. »
- Sarah Myles
Bryan Cranston is coming back to TV. E! News has confirmed the Breaking Bad star will headline HBO's adaptation of All the Way, the Broadway play about President Lyndon Johnson that netted Cranston a Tony award. Robert Schenkkan will adapt the play for HBO and serve as executive producer with Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Cranston. James Degus is attached as a co-executive producer. The play and film chronicle President Johnson taking office following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. During his first year, Johnson launched his landmark civil rights bill, dealt with the Vietnam War and the escalating tensions with the FBI. The Hollywood Reporter first reported on »
Bryan Cranston is going “All the Way” with HBO Films. The studio has acquired the rights to the Tony Award-winning play starring Cranston as President Lyndon Johnson, which also won him a Tony Award as Best Actor. Robert Schenkkan will adapt his play for HBO.
A behind-the-scenes look at President Johnson’s tumultuous first year in office, “All the Way” follows Johnson as he takes the oath following President Kennedy’s assassination, copes with the escalation of the Vietnam War, and launches his landmark civil rights bill.
Cranston, who made his Broadway debut in “All the Way,” won not only the Tony Award, but also the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theater World Awards. He’s also won three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards for “Breaking Bad.” He’s currently nominated for the show’s final season.
“All the Way” will be produced for HBO by Amblin Television, »
- Debra Birnbaum
Following the season four premiere of “Falling Skies,” TNT is offering viewers a closer look at what they can expect as the drama series plays out this summer.
“This season the battle for humanity, for hope, for the planet, will leave Earth behind,” the trailer warns as the cast, including series star Noah Wyle, battles supernatural forces and a new kind of army.
Wyle leads the charge as Tom Mason, a college professor who has become a resistance leader after a massive invasion by the Espheni alien race.
This season, the Mason family and the remaining 2nd Mass find themselves under attack by a new Espheni war machine and a new, deadly creation.
The series also stars Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Colin Cunningham, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Maxim Knight, Sarah Carter, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho and Doug Jones. “Harry Potter” actress Scarlett Byrne has joined as a series regular for »
- Andrea Seikaly
Here's your first look at a series Fox ordered for its 2014/2015 TV season, starring Octavia Spencer, which is a remake of a lauded Spanish drama titled Pulseras Rojas (known in English as Red Band Society). The Catalan television show that first aired in 2011, was created by Albert Espinosa and draws on his childhood experiences as a hospital patient. It tells the story of a group of Catalan children and teenagers who meet as patients in the children's wing of a hospital. Oscar winner Spencer stars, plays Nurse Jackson, described as a tough, intuitive nurse who's very good at her job. But despite her hard exterior, she is very sympathetic to the kids on her ward. Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire) penned the U.S. adaptation and is exec producing for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank also exec produce, with producer Sergio Aguero, who brought the project to Amblin. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Sick kids in a pediatric ward are almost guaranteed to be charming, heartwarming and occasionally break your heart with very little effort, and that seems to be the goal of the Steven Spielberg-produced "Red Band Society," which will debut on Fox this fall. Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer stars as a cranky nurse who probably has a marshmallow center we haven't seen yet, or at least haven't seen in this trailer for the show. This seems to be "The Breakfast Club" with a generous sprinkling of cancer, comas and heat problems. With Spencer on board, the bar is set high from an acting perspective, and the trailer suggests these kids won't let the saccharine level get too high. At least the series has a model from which to draw material. "Polseres Vermelles" is the Catalan television show on which "Red Band Society" is based, and it was inspired by real life »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Jason Ensler has signed on to be the executive producer/director of Fox’s new coming-of age-drama series Red Band Society, from ABC Studios and Amblin TV. Written/exec produced by Margaret Nagle and based on a Spanish format, Red Band Society, whose pilot was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, revolves around teenagers who are long-term hospital patients. Ensler will exec produce alongside Nagle, Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Sergio Aguero. Wme-repped Ensler previously served as executive producer and directed the pilots of such series as Hart Of Dixie, Cult and Franklin And Bash. Richie Keen has been tapped to direct and co-executive produce Tracy Morgan’s untitled 10-episode straight-to-series comedy for Fxx, from the It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia creators Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton & Charlie Day and Sunny writer Luvh Rakhe. Produced by Rcg, The Tannenbaum Co. and Nick Frenkel, the series is expected to begin production in New York in August. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Season one of the CBS TV series Under the Dome, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name, ended on a very tense, throat-tightening note. Its return this summer, then, will likely sate the appetites of viewers who have been hungry for more misadventures in Chester’s Mill. We previously reported that Stephen King would write the premiere episode of the second season, and it looks like the show’s body-dropping drama will be back in full force.
In addition to writing the second season’s premiere episode, it’s likely that Stephen King will drop by the Sweetbriar Rose diner for a coffee cup cameo. The second season of Under the Dome premieres Monday, June 30 (10:00 – 11:00 Pm, Et/Pt) on CBS:
“Under The Dome tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. »
- Derek Anderson
It's been a crazy busy week for the TV networks, and today it was CBS's turn to show off its upcoming wares. On tap for you right now we have "first look" videos for the Halle Berry vehicle "Extant" plus Kevin Williamson's new series, "Stalker."
"Extant" premieres on Wednesday, July 9th, at 9/8c on CBS.
"Extant" is a mystery thriller about a female astronaut, Molly (Halle Berry), who is trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.
Goran Visnjic portrays John, Molly's husband; Pierce Gagnon plays their son, Ethan; Louis Gossett, Jr., plays Quinn, Molly's father; and Camryn Manheim plays Sam Barton, Molly’s best friend. Michael O'Neill and Grace Gummer also co-star. Guest stars include Josh Malina as Dr. Scott Beck, the lead »
- Debi Moore
Here are the first looks at CBS‘ new dramas and comedies as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. The network has made full trailers of most of its fall series now that its upfront presentation has concluded in New York — including summer series Extant. Still to come, midseasoners Battle Creek, CSI: Cyber and The Odd Couple. Here’s the rest: Related: CBS 2014 Schedule Extant – Summer Drama Produced by CBS Television Studios. From executive producers Steven Spielberg, Greg Walker, Mickey Fisher, Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, and Adam Rodin. Madam Secretary – Fall Drama Produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Revelations Entertainment. From executive producer/writer Barbara Hall, executive producer/director David Semel and executive producers Lori McCreary and Morgan Freeman. NCIS: New Orleans – Fall Drama Produced by CBS Television Studios. From writer/executive producer Gary Glasberg and executive producers Mark Harmon and Jeffrey Lieber. Scorpion – Fall Drama Produced by CBS Television Studios. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Here are the first looks at TNT‘s new dramas as part of the network’s 2014-2015 series orders. They include two original series — the Jennifer Beals-starrer Proof, exec produced by Kyra Sedgwick, and Edward Burns’ 1967-set NY cop drama Public Morals — as well as the Librarian series spinoff and the overseas pickup Transporter: The Series starring Chris Vance. Check them out: Related: TNT Unveils New ‘Boom’ Tagline, Turner Development Slates Transporter: The Series – Fall Drama Produced by Atlantique Productions. From executive producers Frank Spotnitz, Chris Vance, Fred Fuchs, Olivier Bibas and Qvf Inc, and producer Susan Murdoch. The Librarians – Winter Drama Produced by Electric Entertainment. From writer/executive producer John Rogers and executive producers Noah Wyle, Dean Devlin and Marc Roskin. Proof – 2015 Drama Produced by Turner Originals. From writer/executive producer Rob Bragin, director Alex Graves and executive producers Kyra Sedhwick, Jill Littman and Tom Jacobson. Public Morals »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Like the dynamite its moniker suggests, TNT could use a few more explosions – at least in the mind of its corporate owner.
With its ratings down and its recent programs skewing too old for its own executives’ tastes, TNT is getting a makeover. The Time Warner outlet will, going forward, place more emphasis on edgier dramas that provide more thrills, including shows that draw upon action-adventure. mystery, and science fiction. And it will present a slightly new positioning to viewers and advertisers, adding the word “Boom” to its tagline and on-air graphics.
“It’s time to evolve and grow TNT – and that starts with refreshing the brand and evolving our content along with it,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming, for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, in a prepared statement. “All of it is meant to work together to deliver a clear promise to the audience: If you »
- Brian Steinberg
Updated With Full Trailers: Check out the first look at ABC‘s new comedies and dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. The network has made full trailers of everything available now that its upfront presentation is underway. The sole holdout: Midseason drama Marvel’s Agent Carter. Stay tuned for that one. Here’s the rest: American Crime – Drama Produced by ABC Studios. From writer/director/executive producer John Ridley and executive producer Michael J McDonald. Forever – Drama Produced by Warner Bros Television. From writer/executive producer Matt Miller, executive producers Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz, and director Brad Anderson. How To Get Away With Murder – Drama Produced by ABC Studios. From writer/executive producer Peter Nowalk, executive producer Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, and director Michael Offer. Secrets And Lies – Drama Produced by ABC Studios and executive producers Kapital Entertainment with Hoodlum Entertainment. From writer/executive producer Barbie Kligman, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Less animation, plenty of reality, and another two-hour comedy block reduced — those are some of the quick take-aways from Fox’s 2014 fall schedule announcement.
First up: On Mondays, the network will launch perhaps fall’s most-anticipated new drama, the Batman prequel series Gotham at 8 p.m. followed by the sophomore return of Sleepy Hollow at 9 p.m. Fox has ordered 16 episodes of Gotham and 18 episodes of Sleepy Hollow. On Tuesdays, ambitious new reality show Utopia, in which contestants try to build a perfect society over the course of a year, will open for New Girl and The Mindy Project (which »
- James Hibberd
TNT has given a 10-episode order to the police drama “Public Morals,” with Ed Burns (“Saving Private Ryan,” “The Brothers McMullen”) writing, directing, starring and executive producing. The series, which marks TNT's latest collaboration with Amblin Television, also includes Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank — the team behind TNT's “Falling Skies” — as executive producers. Also read: Steve Carell-Rashida Jones Cop Comedy Ordered to Series by TBS “Public Morals” will focus on New York City's Public Morals Division, where cops walk the line between morality and criminality as the temptations that come from dealing with all kinds of vice threaten. »
- Tim Kenneally
Burns wrote and directed the pilot for “Public Morals.” He exec produces with Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Aaron Lubin. Michael Rapaport, Elizabeth Masucci and Ruben Santiago-Hudson also star.
Both dramas received 10-episode orders and are slated for premiere next year. TNT will unveil its 2014-15 schedule May 14 in Gotham.
- Cynthia Littleton
Fox has given the greenlight for another new series for the 2014-15 season -- Red Band Society. The cast includes Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Ciara Bravo, Griffin Gluck, Zoe Levin, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Charlie Rowe and Nolan Sotillo.
Here's the information that we have so far from the network:
· EPs: Steven Spielberg, Margaret Nagle ("Boardwalk Empire") - she wrote the pilot, Justin Falvey ("The Americans," "Falling Skies"), Darryl Frank ("The Americans," "Falling Skies") and Sergio Aguero ("No Reservations," "Y Tu Mama Tambien")
· Description: A diverse group of teenagers become unlikely allies and friends in this unconventional and, at times, comic high school drama, set in the pediatric wing of a hospital. This is »
Update: Fox has made it 3-for-3, picking up all three of its drama pilots with a series order to Red Band Society, starring Octavia Spencer, from Amblin TV and ABC Studios. The adaptation of the acclaimed Spanish hospital series Polseres Vermelles was written by Margaret Nagle. Red Band Society, which has been a favorite staffing choice for writers this season, is a coming-of-age drama with humor set at a big-city hospital. It explores with dark humor the daily life of a group of teenage kids living in a hospital who become unlikely friends. Nagle is exec producing with Amblin’s Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank as well as Sergio Aguero; Carlos and Julio Fernandez of Filmax co-executive produce. The newly picked-up Fox drama series Red Band Society, Empire and Gotham join previously ordered Backstrom and Hieroglyph. On the comedy side, Sober Companion and Cabot College have been garnering buzz — I hear Sober Companion possibly for fall, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Fox has picked up hospital dramedy “Red Band Society” to series. Steven Spielberg and Margaret Nagle (“Boardwalk Empire”) will executive produce, along with Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (both of “The Americans”) and Sergio Aguero (“No Reservations”). Nagle penned the pilot. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“Glee”) will direct. See video: Batman Prequel ‘Gotham': Watch First Trailer for Fox's Upcoming Series “Red Band Society” follows a diverse group of teenagers who become unlikely allies and friends in the high school drama, set in the pediatric wing of a hospital. Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable star in the series, along with Griffin Gluck, Charlie Rowe, »
- Tony Maglio
The ABC Studios and Amblin Television-produced show stars Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Ciara Bravo, Griffin Gluck, Zoe Levin, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Charlie Rowe and Nolan Sotillo.
Nagle (“Boardwalk Empire”) is exec producing along with Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Sergio Aguero. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“American Horror Story”) directed the pilot. The show is a remake of the Catalan TV show “Polseres Vermelles.”
“Red Band Society” was previously in development at ABC during the 2012-13 season.
- Whitney Friedlander
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