Prolific TV Producer Robert Halmi Sr. Dies at 90
Robert Halmi Sr., the Hungarian-born producer who battled the Nazi and Soviet occupations in his youth before becoming a top magazine photographer and telepic mogul, died Wednesday of a brain aneurysm at his home in New York City. He was 90.
The dozens of telepics and miniseries produced by the Halmis, many in the fantasy genre, won more than 100 Emmys. Halmi Sr. shared the Emmy for outstanding miniseries for NBC’s “Gulliver’s Travels” in 1996.
The Halmis were riding high during the 1990s, a period in which virtually all the networks programmed spectacular, big-budget miniseries, which drew spectacular ratings.
Halmi Sr. picked up his first Emmy nomination, for outstanding children’s program, in 1985 for ABC’s “The Night They Saved Christmas.” He was also nominated »
- Daniel Doperalski
‘Girls’ Star Allison Williams Cast as ‘Peter Pan’ in NBC Live Musical
“We couldn’t be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “She’s a lovely rising star on the award-winning show ‘Girls’ — where she occasionally shows off her incredible vocal talent — and we think she will bring the perfect blend of ‘boyish’ vulnerability and bravado to save the day against Christopher Walken’s powerful Captain Hook.”
“Allison Williams is a major find,” said executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “She will reinvent the iconic role of Peter Pan with her wit, her warmth, her dynamic flying and her wonderful musical abilities. The score will be sung beautifully and introduced to a whole new generation of families.”
“I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, »
- Laura Prudom
Krysten Ritter Lands on The Blacklist
As part of its seeming bid to give every brunette actress in SAG a Season 2 role, NBC’s The Blacklist has now tapped Krysten Ritter for a guest-starring gig.
As first reported by TV Fanatic, ABC’s former B— in Apartment 23 will appear in the Season 2 premiere, airing Monday, Sept. 22, as a troubled data security firm analyst.
TNT Renews ‘Cold Justice’ for Season 3
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
‘Star Wars’ Actor Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener Cast in David Simon HBO Miniseries
David Simon is teaming up with HBO again — and he's bringing a couple of high-profile friends with him. “The Wire” and “Treme” boss Simon is working on a new miniseries, “Show Me a Hero,” for the premium cable network, with a cast that includes “Star Wars: Episode VII” actor Oscar Isaac and “Captain Phillips” actress Catherine Keener. Also read: Andy Samberg and Kit Harington to Headline HBO Tennis Mockumentary The six-hour miniseries, which is based on the Lisa Belkin book of the same title, revolves around a young mayor of a mid-sized American city who's faced with a federal court order. »
- Tim Kenneally
‘Breaking Bad’ Alum Krysten Ritter Cast on NBC's ‘Blacklist’
Krysten Ritter‘s name has been added to “The Blacklist.” The former “Breaking Bad” actress has been cast for the second season of the NBC drama, which stars James Spader as former government agent and fugitive from justice Raymond “Red” Reddington. Also read: Mary-Louise Parker to Join ‘The Blacklist’ in Season 2 Ritter will appear on the Sept. 22 season premiere of the series, playing Rowan Mills, a troubled analyst at a data security firm. News of Ritter's casting comes days after NBC's announcement that “Weeds” alum Mary-Louise Parker had been cast in the Season 2 premiere. Also read: NBC New Schedule: ‘Blacklist’ Shifts to. »
- Tim Kenneally
Discovery 2Q Profit Rises 26%, Boosted By International Networks
Discovery Communications said weaker results at its U.S. TV networks were offset by robust activity from its international TV holdings, which helped the company notch a 26% increase in net income for the second quarter.
Revenue in the period rose about 10% to $1.61 billion. The company said a 23% increase in revenue at its international network was offset by a 2% revenue decline at its U.S. operations, a fall it attributed to a decrease in the amount of licensing revenue it took in compared to the year-earlier period.
The current period was also boosted by several one-time gains, including one from the sale of HowStuffWorks.com.
- Brian Steinberg
Killer ABC Promo: Ellen Pompeo and Kerry Washington Welcome Viola Davis to 'Shondaland Thursday'
What do you get the woman who has everything — including her own night of television? Her very own fall-tv promo, natch.
To hype its newly christened “Shondaland Thursday,” ABC has released an extended promo that features Shonda Rhimes chatting up Grey’s Anatomy‘s Ellen Pompeo, Scandal‘s Kerry Washington and How to Get Away with Murder’s Viola Davis about their “historic” one-two-three punch — which launches Thursday, Sept. 25.
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Press Play above and then hit the comments with an answer to this question: Will you be watching »
Extant Recap: The Unkindest Cut
Molly, John and Ethan have an island getaway in this week’s Extant, but sadly, it is not the all-inclusive respite they so sorely need. Instead of quaffing daiquiris and listening to Jimmy Buffett tunes, Molly loses one kid and undergoes involuntary surgery that (probably?) removes the other.
Sandals, it ain’t.
Read on as we review the major developments in “Shelter.”
Family Vacation | Molly, John and Ethan ditch their car in a parking lot and charter a boat over to the island where Molly’s estranged father, Quinn, lives. »
Sharknado 2: The 13 Best Worst Lines and 13 Fishiest Leaps of Logic
As Syfy’s Sharknado 2: The Second One touched down on Wednesday, the forecast called for world-class groaners and epic leaps of logic. And yet… the sequel was a whale of a good time, easily doubling the entertainment quotient of the original shlockfest.
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In fact, rather than wait for TVLine’s 20-ish Questions or Quotes of the Week columns, Sharknado 2 deserves a standalone showcase for its very “best” worst dialogue and the Wtf? moments that dropped like flaming hammerheads. Review our picks, then share your own!
The 13 Best Bad Lines….
“Two of my friends were killed, »
'Big Brother 16' Spoilers: Team America's 4th Mission
Team America succeeded with its first two missions fairly easily on Big Brother 16. Frankie, Derrick and Donny each earned $10,000 thanks to getting people to believe Zach is Amanda Zuckerman's cousin and nominating Amber, but they failed to get a 20-second fight in the past week (though they think they won it). Now they have their fourth task, with less than a day to complete it.
Spoiler Warning: This article contains Big Brother 16 spoilers. »
So You Think You Can Dance Recap: It's Just Emotions, Taking Me Over
Okay, okay, I realize that’s cheesy. But let’s face it: During the 120 minutes allotted for Wednesday’s episode, it was hard not to be legitimately frustrated that this gem of a reality competition series so often flies under the radar, when even in its 11th season, performers are still earning three-judge standing O’s (and millions from viewers’ living rooms, »
TCA: What Resonated and What Didn’t
The Television Critics Assn. recently wrapped up ts annual two-week-long press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, with the nets trotting out their latest and greatest for the jaded press corps. As several key trends emerged for the new season, some networks were clearly at the top of their game, while others might need to polish their spin.
With shows like “Cristela” and “Black-ish,” ABC’s Paul Lee earned praise for his lineup’s ethnic and racial diversity (“It is a mission statement to reflect America,” Lee said), while CBS’ Nina Tassler got hammered for her primetime schedule’s lack thereof. “We don’t look at fall as the defining mark of giving us our diversity quota,” she said, pointing to programming including “Extant,” which stars Halle Berry, and daytime’s multiculti “The Talk.”
HBO (99 total) and FX (45, most for a basic cable net) crowed about their Emmy nomination haul (well, »
- Debra Birnbaum
Watch Vin Diesel say 'I am Groot' in French, Spanish, Mandarin, and more
But recording the part was no walk in the park for the Fast & Furious star. Marvel has released several videos showing how Diesel re-recorded the line in multiple languages: French, Spanish, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese. And Jimmy Fallon even tested Diesel by asking him to say the line in Mandarin.
Watch the videos below. The only thing better would be if Diesel toured the country, »
- Darren Franich
Robert Halmi Sr.: A Gulliver Among TV Movie Producers
Robert Halmi Sr. – who has died at the age of 90 – would never tell you how he financed his larger-than-life TV projects. Coyly, he would reference international sales, even though others who dealt in the same arena insisted the numbers simply didn’t add up.
In a way, though, that was also part of Halmi’s charm. The consummate showman, the producer never wanted to be bothered with the business details, as if to say, in that thick Hungarian accent, “Hey, we’re doing a huge miniseries about the Bible! Why are you worrying about how I’m going to pay for it?”
For a time, Halmi cast an enormous shadow over the TV landscape. In the 1990s, he provided NBC with a stream of sweeping epics – “Gulliver’s Travels,” “The Odyssey,” “Merlin,” “Noah’s Ark” – that drew blockbuster ratings. He brought the “Gone With the Wind” sequel “Scarlett” to CBS, »
- Brian Lowry
ABC's The Quest Mixes Fantasy and Reality (With Dragons on the Side)
Sometimes fairytales do come true — at least they will this Thursday, when The Quest, ABC’s latest reality competition series, premieres at 8/7c.
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Set in the imaginary world of Everealm, the show features 12 contestants — known as “Paladins” — who must compete against each other and complete challenges in order to save the kingdom of Saenctum from the evil forces that besiege it.
Those who fail the episode’s challenges are “banished,” while the eventual winner receives the title of “One True Hero.”
Other DC Comics characters we want on 'Arrow' and 'The Flash'
Warner Bros. didn’t make any announcements at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con regarding future DC Comics films, so who knows when we’ll get a Justice League movie. Thankfully, the CW’s excellent series Arrow and new series The Flash are here to fulfill all of our fangirl/fanboy desires while we wait for an actual Jl team-up onscreen.
This fall, Arrow and The Flash are diving deeper into the DC Universe, bringing many favorites from the comics to the screen. Ra’s Al Ghul, Wildcat, Atom, and Katana will all be introduced on Arrow this season, and »
- Chancellor Agard
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