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SAG Awards: ‘Skyfall’, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Win Best Film, TV Stunt Ensemble

27 January 2013 3:46 PM, PST

Stunt teams from Skyfall and Game of Thrones have won this year’s SAG Award for Outstanding Action Performances by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles. SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and committee member Scott Bakula announced the award from the red carpet at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards and were webcast on tntdrama.com, tbs.com and People.com which will be streaming until 5 Pm Pt / 8 Pm Et. The Stunt Ensemble Honors recognize recognize stunt performers and coordinators. Nominees were chosen by their film and television nominating committees and were announced December 12, 2012. The recipients are: Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture Skyfall (Columbia Pictures) Hussain Abdullah Arsha Aghdasi Mahsa Ahmadi Gillian Aldam Lucy Allen Scott Armstrong Gary Arthurs Amir Badri Lee Bagley Cody Banta Carly Barnes Lloyd Bass Nikki Berwick Mustafa Beyter Dani Biernat Nellie Burroughes Michael Byrch Annabel Canaven Justo Usin Carrera »

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‘SNL’ Ratings Steady With Adam Levine

27 January 2013 9:31 AM, PST

It almost doesn’t matter who the host of Saturday Night Live is as the NBC late-night sketch show’s ratings keep steady. Last night’s episode with host Adam Levine and musical guest Kendrick Lamar drew a 5.0/12 in the metered-market households and a 2.8/12 among adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters. That was on par with SNL‘s show last week with host Jennifer Lawrence and musical guest The Lumineers (4.9/12, 2.8/12) as well as SNL‘s previous original, the holiday edition with host Martin Short and musical guest Paul McCartney+Nirvana (5.1/12, 2.8/12 on December 15). Last night’s SNL featured the return of the Lonely Island Guys for another classic-in-the-making digital video, Yolo (You Only Live Once), featuring Levine and Lamar. »

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‘SNL’ Video: Adam Levine Spoofs ‘The Voice’

27 January 2013 9:21 AM, PST

With Adam Levine, star of NBC’s The Voice, hosting the network’s Saturday Night Live, two things were inevitable — the sketch show doing a parody of The Voice and Levine taking his shirt off. SNL got them both out of the way in Levine’s opening monologue, which featured surprise appearances by Andy Samberg, Cameron Diaz  and Jerry Seinfeld. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Producers Guild 2013 Awards: ‘Argo’ Wins, Also ‘Homeland’, ‘Searching For Sugar Man’, ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, ‘Game Change’, ‘Modern Family’, ‘Amazing Race’, ‘Colbert Report’

26 January 2013 10:29 PM, PST

Updated With All Winners And Speeches: The Producers Guild of America announced its 24th annual film, television, and digital award winners tonight during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Cheers erupted when Warner Bros’ Argo won the top feature film honor, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award. Ben Affleck exclaimed: “I am surprised.” The thriller now takes the lead in what is still a very close Best Picture Oscar race. Because the PGAs since its start in 1990 have selected 16 of the 22 winners to that the Academy Award – a 73% success rate. And since 2008 (when No Country For Old Men won) the PGA has been on a 5-year hot streak. Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph won best animated film and Sony Pictures Classics’ Searching For Sugar Man best documentary feature. Showtime’s Homeland won best drama series. ABC/Twentieth TV’s Modern Family won best comedy series. HBO’s Game Change won for best long-form TV. »

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Favorite SAG Awards ‘I’m An Actor’ Speeches

26 January 2013 6:00 PM, PST

Anthony D’Alessandro is Managing Editor of AwardsLine. The Actors Stories speeches that set the stage for each Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony—unofficially referred to as the “I’m An Actor” speeches—have become one of the most anticipated elements of the awards show. Here’s a look at some of the most memorable: 2006 “My first memory of wanting to be an actor came when I saw my mother play the title role in Evita. I watched her die on stage and come back to life in time for the applause, and I thought, Hi-diddly-dee. My name is Anne Hathaway, and I’m an actor”. 2008 “I performed my first scene ever when I was 12 years old in the 7th grade at Birmingham High School. I was very shy, and I had no idea what I was doing, so I just flung myself off the cliff and felt like I was falling. »

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With Aereo Update, CNET Again Runs Into CBS Policy On Litigants

26 January 2013 3:26 PM, PST

A couple of weeks back, CBS Corp barred subsidiary tech news site CNET from presenting a Consumer Electronics Show best-in-show award to Dish’s new Hopper With Sling because of Dish’s pending litigation with CBS. Now it turns out that CNET is barred from reviewing any product or service directly implicated in a CBS lawsuit, according to TheVerge.com. CNET called attention to the broader ban in a new report on a significant update to the Barry Diller-backed streaming-tv startup service Aereo — which has been sued by CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. The update included a new interface that adds access via Roku and that device’s remote. CBS’ policy against reviewing products or services involved in litigation with the company doesn’t include a ban on reporting news, so CNET tiptoed around “reviewing” the Aereo update while also calling attention to the restriction. The story is as »

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R.I.P. Leslie Frankenheimer

26 January 2013 11:23 AM, PST

Emmy-winning set decorator Leslie Frankenheimer has died. Also the wife of entertainment attorney John Frankenhemer, she died January 22 after a long battle against leukemia, according to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Her age was not disclosed. During her more than 30 year career, Frankenheimer won 4 Emmys — for the ABC series Max Headroom in 1987, CBS’ Buddy Faro in 1999, the TNT movie James Dean in 2002 and the HBO series Carnivàle in 2004. She was also nominated in 2002 for the NBC series Emeril. Frankenheimer joined the TV Academy in 1995 and began serving on its Art Directors/Set Decorators Peer Group Exec Committee in 2002. She was elected governor of her peer group in 2011 and was recently re-elected to a second two-year term. Frankenheimer’s numerous other TV credits included Scarecrow And Mrs. King, L.A. Law, SeaQuest 2032, Star Trek: Voyager, Come on, Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story, Karen Sisco, The Closer, Kitchen Confidential, »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Nikita’ Hits Season Highs

26 January 2013 10:44 AM, PST

Against very little competition on the Big 4 networks (only Kitchen Nightmares, Dateline and 20/20 were in originals), the CW’s Nikita posted a modest gain. The spy drama (1.6 million viewers, up 23% from last week) drew its largest audience in more than a year, since 12/2/2011. Nikita also hit season highs in 18-49 (0.5/2, up a tenth from last week, best since 3/23/12) and in 18-34 (0.5/2, best since last season’s finale on 5/18/12). Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares (1.3/4) was up 18% from its most recent original on Dec. 14. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Fox’s ‘Following’ Gets DVR Boost In Live+3

26 January 2013 9:57 AM, PST

Fox considered DVR play so important for new midseason drama The Following, it ran “Set Your DVR!’ ads for the show as part of the launch campaign, the first time anyone had done that. Many viewers did put the Kevin Bacon serial killer drama on their DVRs, and in Live +3, The Following’s Monday premiere rose to a 4.3/10 among adults 18-49, up +34% from its L+Sd rating (3.2). The Following remains the second-highest rated drama debut of the season behind NBC’s Revolution (5.4/15 in Live+3, 33% gain vs. L+Sd), just ahead of CBS’ Elementary (4.2/12). It also edged Fox’s cancelled 2011-12 dramas Terra Nova (4.1 in the L+3) and Alcatraz (4.0). »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Ana Nogueira Cast In NBC’s Michael J. Fox Comedy Series

26 January 2013 9:32 AM, PST

Exclusive: Ana Nogueira rounds out the regular cast of Michael J. Fox’s NBC series, which has a 22-episode order for a fall 2013 launch. The single-camera comedy, from Sony Pictures TV and producer-director Will Gluck, is inspired by Fox’s real life and stars him as Mike Burnaby, a husband and father of three in New York City juggling the challenges of family and career while dealing with Parkinson’s disease. A former lead anchor for a local NY station, Mike decides to go back to work after Parkinson’s forced him to take time off. Nogueira will play Kay, Mike’s very young, very sweet, hard-working but very emotional segment producer. Nogueira, repped by Innovative and Gartner/Green, co-starred in the Fox comedy pilot El Jefe last season. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Obama And Clinton On ’60 Minutes’: Video

25 January 2013 11:27 PM, PST

President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat down together for an interview that will air Sunday on CBS’ 60 Minutes. It was their first joint interview and the president’s first sit-down with anyone other than First Lady Michelle Obama. The interview follows Clinton’s grilling in Congress earlier this week over the administration’s responsibility for security failures in Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans. The clip below from the 60 Minutes interview with Steve Kroft was broadcast during tonight’s CBS Evening News: »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Skyfall’ China B.O., Alberto Sciamma’s ‘Bite’ & More

25 January 2013 10:10 PM, PST

‘Skyfall’ On Track To Beat ‘Quantum’s China Cume In 7 Days As of Thursday night, Skyfall’s 4-day cume in China was $17.9M, handily breaking the coveted 100M yuan mark. The film opened Monday and is playing on 8,079 screens in the country’s widest release ever. Sony says the 23rd James Bond film that has already broken the $1B mark internationally, is on track to outgross the last Bond film, Quantum Of Solace, in its first seven days in China. The movie’s release on Monday, at $5.1M, was almost three times that of Quantum. It came out amid reports of some tweaks by the local censors and calls by film industry insiders for reforms to the movie review system. Shi Chuan, a professor at Shanghai University’s school of film & TV arts and technology, proposed laws be put in place for censors to follow and said, “Movie regulators should respect the producers’ original ideas, »

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SAG Awards’ ‘Actors Stories’ Remain Enduring Show Tradition

25 January 2013 10:00 PM, PST

Diane Haithman is an AwardsLine contributor. And the winner was: Angela Lansbury. When the Screen Actors Guild Awards first came on the scene in 1995, Lansbury was nominated for her role as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote. She lost to Kathy Baker of Picket Fences. But even though she did not go home with the Actor statuette, Lansbury’s introductory speech at the ceremony was such a hit that it launched a tradition that has become a highlight of the annual SAG Awards: the Actors Stories—unofficially known as the “I Am An Actor” speeches. Lansbury gave the audience some background information on the new awards, but she also added a personal touch via a list of some of her more memorable roles: “I’ve been Elizabeth Taylor’s sister, Spencer Tracy’s mistress, Elvis’ mother, and a singing teapot”. She added: “Tonight is dedicated to the art and craft »

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Pilot Season: The ‘Revolution’ Effect — Drama Pilots Head To The Future

25 January 2013 8:17 PM, PST

It is an unwritten rule of network development — if a new show from a genre not currently on TV becomes a hit in the fall, a lot of pilots in that milieu get ordered the following season as networks try to replicate the success. Case in point this year — NBC‘s Revolution. J.J. Abrams/Eric Kripke’s post-apocalyptic series emerged as the biggest hit of the fall, and now the networks are betting heavily on other dramas set in the future. Today alone, three futuristic hourlong pilots received a green light, including one from Abrams, an untitled project at Fox with Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman set in the near future when all Lapd officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. The other two were at the CW — The Hundred, which has a post-apocalyptic setting similar to Revolution, and Oxygen. The Hundred takes place 97 years after a nuclear war has »

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Syfy, NBCU Accused Of Stealing Concept For ‘Face Off’

25 January 2013 8:09 PM, PST

The Results Group production company has accused Syfy and NBCUniversal of stealing the concept for the reality show Face Off from a pitch meeting about developing a makeup competition series. Previously known as Studio City, Results says in an La Superior Court suit filed today (read it here) that it developed content for a proposed reality competition series called Face Off. The material included a synopsis, definitions of challenges, talent documents and a sales presentation video called the “Face Off Pitch Materials”. At a 2009 meeting, a Results executive, a producer and William Morris Endeavor agent met with SyFy execs to pitch the proposed series. Syfy subsequently told the Results Group the network had decided not to pursue a series based on the confidential materials presented at the meeting. Results execs later learned that Syfy was doing a reality competition series called Face Off that seemed similar to their pitch. Results »


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Dramas From Kyle Killen, Sofia Vergara & Ben Silverman Get ABC Pilot Pickups

25 January 2013 7:05 PM, PST

Lone Star and Awake creator Kyle Killen has received a pilot order by ABC for his latest drama project, Influence. The network also has given the green light to Killer Women, a soupy procedural written by Hannah Shakespeare and produced by Modern Family star Sofia Vergara, Ben Silverman and director Martin Campbell. Related: David Shore Legal Drama Gets ABC Pilot Pickup Influence, from 20th Century Fox TV where Killen is under a deal, is described as a provocative workplace ensemble centered on the complicated relationship between two brothers — a bipolar genius in human psychology and a slick ex-con — who head a unique agency designed to solve their clients’ problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation. In addition to helping their clients, the agency’s staff sometime turn their powers to pull strings on one another. Killen is the writer/executive producer. Influence, which had a put pilot commitment, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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David Shore Legal Drama Gets ABC Pilot Pickup

25 January 2013 6:20 PM, PST

No doubt here — House creator David Shore is on his way back to primetime. ABC has handed a pilot order to Doubt, a legal drama written and executive produced by Shore. The project, from Sony TV where Shore is under a deal, centers on a former cop who’s now a cunning, but charming low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife. Related: Dramas From Kyle Killen, Sofia Vergara & Ben Silverman Get ABC Pilot Pickups Doubt originally landed at ABC with a pilot production commitment after heated bidding between ABC and CBS. It marks Shore’s return to his legal roots. He is a lawyer by trade and former partner at a boutique law firm in Toronto. A legal drama script, an L.A. Law spec, landed him his first writing job on Paul HaggisDue South. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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‘Bold & Beautiful’ And ‘General Hospital’ To Return As Daytime Soaps Stage Comeback

25 January 2013 6:01 PM, PST

What a difference a year makes. Between 2009 and 2012, daytime soaps went from 8 to 4, and by the end of 2012, Prospect Park’s effort to revive two of the departed, All My Children and One Life To Live, had hit a dead end. Then within the last month, NBC renewed its daytime drama, Days Of Our Lives, and Prospect Park got its plan for AMC and Oltl online series back on track. Now I hear that CBS is poised to renew The Bold And The Beautiful, and ABC has no plans to cancel General Hospital (the series is on a perpetual production track and doesn’t need formal renewals if the network wants to keep it on the air). CBS’ Young & The Restless, the highest-rated daytime drama, is two years into a three-year pickup, and casting and pre-production on AMC and Oltl is in full swing. That means that we will likely »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman, Episode 20

25 January 2013 4:38 PM, PST

Listen to episode 20 of our audio podcast Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman. This week Deadline Executive Editor Lieberman and host David Bloom discuss Wall Street’s wildly different responses to Apple and Netflix earnings announcements; whether Fox should create a national sports network; and a very bad week in the business of games. Deadline Big Media Episode 20 (MP3 format) Deadline Big Media Episode 20 (MP4a format) The M4A version of this podcast is designed to run on any device using Apple’s iTunes software, and includes enhanced graphics and links to stories and other resources. The MP3 version of this podcast is designed to play on virtually any device capable of playing digital audio. For those using non-iTunes software to listen to the podcast who want to automatically receive the “Deadline Big Media” podcasts in their non-iTunes “podcatcher” software, you can subscribe at http://www.deadline.com/big-media-podcast »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor

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Fox’s ‘Ben & Kate’ Shuts Down Production

25 January 2013 3:50 PM, PST

Now it’s officially over. After Fox‘s freshman Ben & Kate was pulled from the schedule earlier this week, production on the low-rated comedy is wrapping today with 15 filmed episodes. The series will not complete its 19-episode order as the network had previously suggested. The fate of the remaining 2 unaired episodes remains unclear, with a summer burnoff the most likely scenario. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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