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Victoria Justice Inks Deal with Fox & 20th to Star in TV Projects
Under the new pact, the network and studio will be able to develop joint projects and roles specifically tailored for the “Victorious” starlet who will also have the ability to guest star on existing series across both Fox’s and 20th’s portfolios.
“We’re thrilled to bring Victoria Justice into the fold as we develop our next round of fresh, young and vibrant material that can be tailored to her distinct point of view and considerable talent,” Sharon Klein, Evp of casting for Twentieth Century Fox TV said Friday. “She has an incredibly relevant fan base and major social media presence, making this a truly exciting partnership with unlimited options.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
‘The Frankenstein Code’ Gets New Title From Fox
Fox has renamed “The Frankenstein Code” — again. The drama starring Rob Kazinsky (“True Blood”), which was originally called “Frankenstein” in the working-title stage, will now launch next year as “Lookinglass.” “Lookinglass” follows a disgraced, 75-year-old ex-sheriff whose life ends at the hands of corrupt cops. He’s brought back to life and given a second chance by a pair of young tech scientists — twins Otto (Adhir Kalyan) and Mary (Dilshad Vadsaria) — as a 35-year-old (Kazinsky) with unpredictable near-superhuman abilities. The scientists’ company name is Lookinglass, hence the appropriate new title. Also Read: 'The Grinder' Showrunner Greg Malins Departs »
- Tony Maglio
'Chicago Med' Taps 'Sopranos' Duo as New Showrunners
Chicago Med is admitting two new faces behind the scenes. Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov have inked a deal to become the new showrunners of the freshman NBC drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Schneider and Frolov were most recently co-executive producers on HBO's Boardwalk Empire and consulting producers on Amazon's Bosch. Their other credits include The Sopranos, for which they won an Emmy and a WGA award, Northern Exposure, for which they won two Emmys and two Golden Globes, Showtime's The Chris Isaak Show and The CW's Easy Money. The husband-and-wife team replaces Andrew Dettmann, who
- Kate Stanhope, Lesley Goldberg
Review: 'Narcos' Season 1 Had Promise, But Netflix Could Have Learned From 'Entourage'
The new series "Narcos," created by Chris Brancato, Eric Newman and Carlo Bernard, represents a pretty ambitious step for Netflix. Set over several years in the 1970s and '80s, the crime drama pairs the story of Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook), a tough and obsessive DEA agent, with that of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), who played Robin Hood to the poor folk of Colombia while racking up billions of dollars in the cocaine business. Read More: 7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in August 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each) It's a pretty classic story of sex, drugs and violence, and one that's been popularized a hundred times over. In fact, in advertising copy, Netflix has been using the tagline "First they got the coke. Then they got the money. Now the Colombian cartels want the power" — a clear reference to one of the most classic gangster film lines ever uttered, »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Nicole Scherzinger Joins Neil Patrick Harris’ ‘Best Time Ever’
Harris tweeted a picture of the two on Friday and described Scherzinger as “the newest member of the team” and used the hashtag “sidekick.”
The newest member of Team @BestTimeEver: the talented and titillating Nicole Scherzinger! @nicolescherzy #sidekick pic.twitter.com/WZmZzWyvEx
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) August 28, 2015
Scherzinger previously was a judge on Fox’s rendition of “The X Factor.”
“Best Time Ever” is an hourlong live comedy-variety series based on a British format, “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.” It’s set to premiere Sept. 15.
- Cynthia Littleton
USA Cancels Freshman Drama ‘Complications’
The series, which premiered in June, stars Jason O’Mara as a suburban ER doctor who winds up killing a street gang member after he rushes to help the victim of a drive-by shooting. His life changes dramatically in the aftermath. Other cast members include Jessica Szohr, Beth Riesgraf and Lauren Stamile.
“Problematic in its depiction of dark-skinned bad guys,” Variety TV critic Brian Lowry wrote in his review,” The 10-episode season … conjures its share of tension, but feels increasingly strained, until it’s finally clear the patient can’t be saved.”
“Complications” fared decently in its first season on USA, where it was paired with returning drama “Graceland.” It averaged a 0.52 rating in adults 18-49, a 0.66 rating in adults 25-54 and 1.9 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates. »
- Whitney Friedlander
‘House Of Lies’ Star Don Cheadle On “Getting Back To The Fun” In Season 5 – Emmys
Don Cheadle’s viciously dishonest corporate consultant Marty Kaan on Showtime’s House Of Lies isn’t exactly a departure for the actor, but it might be the most fun he’s had in a role. Following a tense, dramatic season that saw Kaan clawing his way back after a stint in jail, Cheadle has nabbed his fourth Emmy nomination (and eighth overall) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for the part. Here, the Oscar-nominated actor (for Hotel Rwanda, and he also was a… »
Emmys Celebrate Diversity in Primetime Television
Jason George took the stage at a crowded Montage Beverly Hills patio area Thursday evening to mark the celebration of diversity in the 67th Annual Emmy Award nominations. The patio was filled with attendees involved in showbiz — most of whom are considered a minority of some kind.
The third Dynamic & Diverse event from the TV Academy brought people from the industry old and new to celebrate the occasion. “Grey’s Anatomy” regular George, chair of SAG-aftra’s Diversity Advisory Committee, made a speech that touched on the “Empire” effect — or as he likes to call it, the “Shonda Rhimes” effect — that snowballed into the 2015-16 season having the most diverse television content in years.
“Diversity is good business,” he started. It was a statement that he had made last year before series “Black-ish” and “Fresh Off the Boat” premiered. He continued, “I don’t know if we can do ‘All in the Family »
- Mannie Holmes
Mythbusters Tests Out Walter White’s Trunk Gun From The Breaking Bad Finale
Recently the Discovery channel released a preview of the next episode Mythbusters. Adam and Jamie and Breaking Bad genius creator Vince Gilligan attempt to test the crazy stuff that Walter White pulled off in the finale. Here’s the thing though. Do you think it’s possible to even make the trunk gun that good ol’ Walter made? Given the time he had to not only think of it but to construct it? Is this even possible? Also how in the world are you able to trap a group of violent neo-Nazis like that? Seems a little nuts don’t you think? But Adam is going to test it. What we don’t know is if he can survive the next episode. One thing’s for certain. He’ll be wearing a brown hat. So make sure you tune into the Discovery Channel to find out if Walter White was »
- Nat Berman
Pretty Little Liars, Five Years Forward: Where Is Everyone in Season 6B?
It’s been two weeks since Pretty Little Liars made good on its promise to reveal “A,” and while we’ve finally accepted the alphabetical menace’s true identity, there’s one thing we can’t stop thinking about: that five-year time jump!
RelatedPretty Little Liars Boss on Charles’ Transition, Ali’s New Man and the Show’s Future After Season 7
Who’s Alison’s new doctor husband? Which “He” is after the girls? Who put that fat honker of an engagement ring on Hanna’s finger (if not Caleb)? And, of course, what inspired Spencer to get bangs? »
Hindsight Cancelled at VH1, Despite Season 2 Renewal
How do we go back in time and undo this?
VH1 has cancelled Hindsight — even though it renewed the time-traveling drama for Season 2 in March, EW.com reports.
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“Scripted series have been a successful part of VH1’s primetime line-up since 2010 and will continue to be in the future,” the network said in a statement. “We love Hindsight and couldn’t be more proud of the series. But in this overcrowded and rapidly changing climate, we need to carve out VH1’s distinct place »
Watch: Trailer for Upcoming Vice Special on Broken Criminal Justice System, Featuring President Obama
Lame duck president? What lame duck president? President Obama will make the first-ever Presidential visit to a federal prison for an upcoming "Vice" special that will tackle America's broken criminal justice system. The Vice special will air this fall on HBO, offering an in-depth look into the dire impact the current criminal justice system is having on millions of Americans - especially black Americans. I'm sure we're all familiar with the term "prison industrial complex," which also happens to be the title of a recorded 1997 speech by Angela Davis, later released as an audio CD that served as the basis for her book of the same title. America is home to 5 percent of the world's population, but 25 percent of the world's prison population - a prison population that has risen 700 percent since 1970, according to the press release from HBO. President Obama visited the El Reno federal prison in Oklahoma and participated in the Vice special, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
‘Hindsight’ Cancelled By VH1, No Season 2 For Drama Series
VH1 will not be proceeding with a second season of drama series Hindsight. The network has reversed its March decision to pick up a second season of the show, and Season 2 will not go into production as planned. I hear the producers are looking for a new home and are in discussions with streaming services and other platforms about taking the series in. Hindsight, which was part of VH1’s recent push in original scripted programming, stars Laura Ramsey as Becca, who, on… »
Five Things We Want to See in Arrow Season 4
We’re still over a month away from the return of Arrow to The CW (Season 4 premieres on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m.), but the seemingly never-ending summer hiatus hasn’t stopped us from thinking, discussing, and speculating about what’s coming next in the superhero series. Season 3 of the show proved to be a divisive one, as many fans claimed that Arrow was no longer as great as it used to be, and while we have yet to see any footage of Arrow Season 4, everything we’ve learned about the new season so far has us incredibly excited about the direction the series is going in and the many possibilities for the show’s characters. From a bigger role for Diggle to a more threatening villain, here’s a list of five things that I want to see in Arrow Season 4. Diggle Back in Action It was initially understandable when Diggle was pushed to… »
- Chris King
Justin Bieber Will Visit ‘The Tonight Show’ for a Week
That’s right. Starting on Monday, Sept. 7, Bieber will begin a weeklong residency on the “Tonight Show” that will culminate with live performances on Thursday, Sept. 10 and Friday the 11th. The singer will also appear on the show on Wednesday, Sept. 2 to provide a preview to his following residency.
Bieber’s week on the “Tonight Show” will run opposite Stephen Colbert’s first week hosting “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” suggesting that NBC might have paired up Fallon and Bieber in an attempt to draw in younger viewers (or even in an attempt to cheer up injury-prone Fallon).
Bieber has been blowing up on social media after dropping his new soul-searching single “What Do You Mean?” Friday morning. The lyric video for the song, which asks many introspective relationship questions, »
- Jacob Bryant
VH1 Scraps Second Season of Drama ‘Hindsight’
VH1 has pulled the plug on drama series “Hindsight,” which was in the midst of preparing to film its second season. The decision comes amid belt-tightening at Viacom cablers and regime change at VH1, where Chris McCarthy took over the general manager post from Tom Calderone in July.
“Hindsight” had a well-received first season run in January and was renewed in March. The show revolves around a woman who winds up transported back in time 15 years and given the chance to redo her life. Emily Fox created the series and exec produced with John Norris, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.
“Scripted series have been a successful part of VH1’s primetime lineup since 2010 and will continue to be in the future, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Jonathan Ames on 'Blunt Talk,' Diva News Anchors and the Future of 'Bored To Death'
Jonathan Ames can only write one way, and that way is distinct unto himself. Both of his major television programs have featured a style that's hard to pin down, as well as a narrative pace that's as addictive as it is unique. "Bored to Death" featured such an easily identifiable premise — a struggling writer searches for success as a P.I. who accepts cases from Craigslist — it actually makes it harder to explain what makes it so special to anyone who hasn't seen it. The same can be said for Ames' latest. "Blunt Talk" is officially about a disgraced British anchorman who's still struggling to overcome his vices and deliver the nightly news with his respectability intact. Yet with a loyal manservant for a best friend, an eclectic cast of characters in his news room and that unidentifiable X-factor, the show feels like so much more than its logline when watching. »
- Ben Travers
Google Exec Outlines Anti-Piracy Efforts – Edinburgh
Google's Matt Brittin delivered a keynote to industry execs here in Edinburgh this morning, extolling the virtues of YouTube and how it can be a strong partner for the television business. The president of Emea business and operations pointed to the 24M subscribers FremantleMedia's channel has and said The X Factor channel gets 1.1B views a month, with 75% outside the country of origin. He also talked up Jimmy Kimmel Live's Mean Tweets as an example of a TV show reaching… »
‘The Walking Dead’ Standalone Web Series Will Connect with ‘Fear’
While AMC still isn’t planning any crossovers between “The Walking Dead” and its record-breaking companion series “Fear the Walking Dead,” a new special will bridge the gap between the two shows, in a manner of speaking.
Variety has confirmed that a standalone “Walking Dead” web series is in the works, with plans to debut installments of the self-contained story both online and during commercial breaks for “The Walking Dead” season six. Entertainment Weekly, who first broke the news, describes the project as a half-hour special, but reps for AMC say it has yet to be determined how the story will be divided up for broadcast, or the length of each installment.
The web series is set on an airplane during the time period explored in “Fear the Walking Dead,” prior to the collapse of society. It will center around a group of people who must face a walker attack »
- Laura Prudom
‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Head Writer Jessi Klein: “We Don’t Have To Be So Terrified Of Quote-Unquote Female Voices” – Emmys
Jessi Klein has been working in comedy for more than a decade, writing for such sketch-based series as Saturday Night Live, Michael & Michael Have Issues, and Kroll Show before signing on as head writer for Inside Amy Schumer, for which she just nabbed her third writing Emmy nomination (and fourth overall). The writer-comic knew Schumer from the standup scene, and was invited to collaborate by Schumer herself when Comedy Central offered a pilot. "Then we went and got… »
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