'Bones' Stars File New Lawsuit for 'Tens of Millions of Dollars' in Fox Profits (Exclusive)
The litigation over Bones profits is getting some star power. Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, stars of the longest-running drama series in Fox history, along with author and executive producer Kathy Reichs, have filed their own lawsuit claiming they have been shortchanged "tens of millions of dollars" in profits by producer 20th Century Fox Television, the Fox network and affiliated companies. The trio's lawsuit claims they saw zero profits for years despite the success of the show. The suit follows a similar case filed Wednesday by Barry Josephson, one of the show’s executive producers, who also cried foul over
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‘Supergirl’ Lands Full First Season Pickup at CBS
One of the fall’s top-rated new shows, “Supergirl” has averaged 11.24 million viewers a week since it premiered on Oct. 26.
Starring Melissa Benoist as the title character, “Supergirl” follows Superman’s cousin Kara Danvers, who decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be after years of hiding her abilities. Along with Benoist, Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan and David Harewood round out the cast.
“Supergirl” has had faith from the CBS from the get-go. The drama was the first new series to get the greenlight at the network for the 2015-16 season.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Amazon Greenlights Oliver Goldstick’s ‘The Collection’, Its First Original UK Drama
Amazon has commissioned The Collection, its first original UK drama series, from producers Lookout Point, who also co-produced BBC-twc epic adaptation War And Peace. The 8 hour-long episode series was created by Pretty Little Liars and Ugly Betty exec producer Oliver Goldstick, in association with BBC Worldwide. The show tells the story of an illustrious Paris fashion house (think: Dior) just after World War II. The show is exec produced by former HBO exec Anne… »
‘Walking Dead’ Fans Complain About ‘Weak,’ ‘Bland’ Midseason Finale
(Spoiler alert: Do not keep reading if you have not seen the season six midseason finale of “The Walking Dead”) “The Walking Dead” aired the Season 6 midseason finale on Sunday, and fans were split on the quality of the episode. While some mourned Deana’s death and said the episode left them with their heart in their throat, others described it as “boring” and “weak.” Regardless, AMC’s hit zombie apocalypse drama has left the door open to plenty of action when season six resumes in February, including the unveiling of Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the villain Negan. See video: »
- Joe Otterson
‘The Leftovers’ Boss Damon Lindelof Explains That Shocking Twist
Spoiler warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “The Leftovers” episode 209, titled “Ten Thirteen.”
As “The Leftovers” heads into its home stretch, it unleashed an amazing twist at the end of its ninth episode — one that was inspired by a classic ’70s film.
Below, co-creator and executive producer Damon Lindelof discusses how “The Leftovers” pulled off that shocker, what the HBO drama did differently in its excellent second season and how the show is and is not like “Lost.” He also discusses TV’s “fakeout death” trend and season two’s exceptional eighth episode, “International Assassin.”
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this interview, which will be posted Wednesday. Part 3 of Variety’s conversation with Lindelof will be posted the morning after the Dec. 6 season finale of “The Leftovers.”
Variety: Obviously, the big takeaway of episode nine is that Evie is alive, the girls are alive and they’re in the Guilty Remnant. »
- Maureen Ryan
TV Review: ‘Transparent’ Season 2
Many spectacular series have captured the affections of critics and viewers this year, but Amazon saved one of the best for last. Directed and orchestrated with an even more confident, impressive hand by creator Jill Soloway, the second season of “Transparent” follows the Pfefferman family as it deals with the outcome of various decisions made at the end of last season. Few shows navigate seemingly impossible pivots from tragedy to comedy with such offhand grace, and the Pfeffermans somehow manage to be frustrating, inspiring and profoundly vulnerable all at once. In the hands of Soloway and her outstanding cast, the family’s fumbling attempts at self-knowledge pierce the heart even as they inspire rueful laughs.
Even more so than last year, “Transparent” is now a true ensemble piece. Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor) is still navigating what it means to live as a woman, but her storyline, while reliably compelling, does not necessarily dominate the season. »
- Maureen Ryan
Svu Vet Danny Pino to Co-Star in CBS' Comic-Thriller BrainDead
Slated for Summer 2016, the series centers on Laurel (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, A&E’s The Returned), a fresh-faced Capitol Hill staffer who discovers two things at her first job in Washington, D.C.: The government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the »
‘Gotham’ Casts ‘Orange is the New Black’ Star for ‘Enigmatic’ Guest Role
Petty (who is no stranger to comic book roles, having played Tank Girl in the cult 1995 film of the same name) will appear in episode 214 of the DC Comics-based drama when it returns for the back half of its sophomore season in early 2016. Petty will play Jeri, the flamboyant and enigmatic hostess of an underground club where mass murder and art are celebrated in equal measure. Jeri gives clues to Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) during his hunt for his parents’ killer, but she and her gang of merry maniacs are less helpful when Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) comes calling.
The show has also cast “Breaking Bad” alum Michael Bowen as Patrick “Matches” Malone, per ComicBook.com. According to the character description, Malone is “One of Gotham’s deadliest killers … a weathered, »
- Laura Prudom
‘Shadowhunters’ Photos: First Look at Katherine McNamara & ABC Family Cast in Action
The pictures from the premiere episode show Katherine McNamara’s Clary Fray interacting with Dominic Sherwood’s Jace Wayland, Alberto Rosende’s Simon Lewis, Isaiah Mustafa’s Luke Garroway, and Maxim Roy’s Jocelyn Fray. Harry Shum Jr.’s character, Magnus Bane, is also in the first look photos.
The hotly-anticipated series is based on the young adult “Mortal Instruments” books by author Cassandra Clare. ABC Family’s television adaptation will follow Clary Fray who discovers on her birthday that she comes from a long line of human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. With her new Shadowhunter allies and the help of a mysterious man named Jace (Sherwood), Clary has to track down her kidnapped mother.
- Jacob Bryant
‘The Lion Guard’ Off to Roaring Ratings Start for Disney Channel
The 55-minute movie, which serves as a precursor to a series that will premiere early next year and roll out globally on Disney Channels and Disney Junior channels, averaged 5.358 million viewers, according to Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates. A family-viewing event, roughly half of its audience was kids 2-11 (2.6 million), while another 33% (1.8 million) was adults 18-49.
“The Lion Guard” is the No. 1 primetime cable telecast of 2015 among kids 2-5 (1.4 million) and became the No. 1 animated telecast across kid cable-tv networks in total viewers, 18-49 and kids 2-11. It was also the No. 1 rated cable TV telecast among girls 2-5 (893,000) since a “Sofia the First” primetime special in November of last year.
In its unprecedented simultaneous post-linear launch »
- Rick Kissell
Fox “Cheated” ‘Bones’ Stars Out Of More Than $100M, New Profit-Participation Suit Claims
Just days after Ep Barry Josephson sued Fox over profit participation and sketchy accounting practices, Bones stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz and Ep Kathleen Reichs now are going after the broadcaster too for "tens of millions" they claim they are owed. "Bones’ longevity has made it a cash cow for Fox," said the plaintiffs of the currently 11-season show in a remarkable 8-claim complaint filed today in L.A. Superior Court (read it here). The lawsuit from the… »
Sofia Vergara’s LatinWE Taps Melissa Gelineau As VP Television & Development
Sofia Vergara and Luis Balaguer’s Latin World Entertainment has hired producer Melissa Gelineau as VP Television & Development. The company is under an overall deal with 20th Century Fox. Gelineau moves to LatinWE from NBCUniversal International TV Production, where she served as VP Development. During her tenure there, she shepherded six-part miniseries The Devil's Playground starring Toni Collette for Foxtel and Nowhere Boys, a half-hour children's adventure series… »
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