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Are These The Four Original Pilots Amazon Is Ordering To Series?
Amazon's second round of original pilots seems to have gone well -- Variety is reporting that four of the five non-kids show pilots the company unveiled last month for feedback from the public have been ordered to series. This includes "Transparent," the half-hour family comedic drama from "Afternoon Delight" director Jill Soloway that quickly became a huge critical favorite. Variety reports that Chris Carter's apocalypse saga "The After," Michael Connelly detective story "Bosch" and Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman's comedy "Mozart in the Jungle" have also gotten series orders (no word on the children's pilots yet). Sports comedy "The Rebels," which we'd pegged as the worst of the bunch, is apparently going to be left hanging. Amazon has yet to confirm this news, so we'll be updating this article soon as there's official word from the company. »
- Alison Willmore
Ben Daniels to Lead in Starz Drama ‘Flesh and Bone’
“Flesh and Bone” follows a young ballet dancer with a troubled past, played by “Black Swan’s” Sarah Hay, as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York City. The gritty drama will explore the dysfunction and glamour of the world of ballet.
The cast also includes world-renowned dancers such as former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Irina Dvorovenko, current soloist Sascha Radetsky, Ballet Arizona company dancer Raychel Diane Weiner and Emily Tyra (“Boardwalk Empire”).
Production is scheduled to begin in New York City in spring 2014, and the series will debut in 2015.
- Francesca Bacardi
'Teen Wolf' Season 4: 'Flowers in the Attic,' 'Ender's Game' actors cast
"Teen Wolf" Season 4 has added two cast members. Mason Dye ("Flowers in the Attic") and Khylin Rhambo ("Ender's Game") will recur as Garrett and Mason, two new lacrosse players at Beacon Hills High School.
Dye's Garrett is a new student at the school, according to E! Online, while Mason is a freshman described as funny and gay -- but not in a stereotypical way.
Both characters will recur several times in the upcoming season. Dylan Sprayberry ("Man of Steel") will also recur as still another lacrosse player, Liam. Casting for one more character, new math teacher Ms. Fleming, has not yet been announced.
With at least one major character reportedly dying before the end of Season 3, all of these new additions might be necessary. "Teen Wolf" currently airs Mondays at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on MTV. Season 4 is expected to premiere later in 2014.
Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘The Inbetweeners 2′ Gets UK-Ireland Release Date; Amma Asante Set For ‘Brits To Watch’ Screenings; More
‘The Inbetweeners 2′ Coming To The UK & Ireland On August 6 Entertainment Film Distributors said Tuesday that The Inbetweeners 2 will hit theaters in the UK and Ireland on August 6. Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas are returning for the comedy sequel written and directed by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris — who created the series on which the films are based — and produced by Spencer Millman. The film, which sees the lads descend on Australia, also stars Emily Berrington, Freddie Stroma and David Field. The Inbetweeners Movie took in nearly £45 million at the UK box office in 2011. Amma Asante Set For ‘Brits to Watch: The Screenings’ In U.S. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced Tuesday that it will profile director Amma Asante (A Way of Life, Belle) next month at the first of this year’s “Brits to Watch: The Screenings,” a series of showcase events »
- ERIK PEDERSEN
Four Amazon Pilots Go To Series, 1 On Hold
Amazon is officially an original drama series player. A month after Amazon Studios uploaded five pilots — two dramas and three comedies — for users to watch and comment on, the company has quietly notified the auspices of four of them that they are being picked up to series. That includes Amazon’s first dramas: The After from Chris Carter, marking The X-Files creator’s return to series television, and Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly’s Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. Newly picked up half-hour comedy series include Gael Garcia Bernal starrer Mozart In The Jungle, from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers and Paul Weitz, and Jill Soloway’s semi-autobiographical Transparent. Amazon’s fifth pilot, comedy The Rebels, from Ice Cube and Michael Strahan, is being put on hold. Five pilots yielding four series represents a much higher batting average than Amazon’s first pilot season, when it tested eight comedy pilots, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
'New Girl' recap: Courtroom Brown
The ep may have been called “Fired Up,” but it fizzled more than sizzled, no? Is Schmidt’s sudden descent into poverty a long held-over karmic make-good for his cheating? Why does Nick’s former life in law keep resurfacing? Why hasn’t Winston gone off to police academy yet? What is the point of Cece’s new relationship (if you can call it that)? And would it be too soon if we never saw another episode of Jess at school? Ponder those questions as you read…
Schmidt (and, by extension, Nick’s legal ineptitude) was really the centerpiece of Tuesday’s ep. »
- Lanford Beard
Shantel VanSanten cast in 'Messengers,' aka The CW reunites 'One Tree Hill's' Clay and Quinn (kind of)
Rejoice, "One Tree Hill" fans! The CW is (kind of) reuniting one of the sweetest couples from the hit drama.
Shantel VanSanten, who played Quinn in the final two seasons of "Oth," has just landed the lead role of The CW's new drama pilot, "The Messengers," THR reports.
"The Messengers" is about a mysterious object that crashes down to Earth and sends out an energy pulse that kills a seemingly random group of strangers. But when they wake up, they learn that "they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending apocalypse." VanSanten will star as Vera, a Nasa scientist who works at a remote New Mexico observatory who investigates the strange impact site.
VanSanten's casting news comes hot on the heels of her "Oth" onsreen love, Robert Buckley, landing the lead role in Rob Thomas' "iZombie," The CW's new one-hour drama. Based on the DC Comics' property of the same name, »
Global Showbiz Watch 29: The Mip-tv Preview Podcast
In this week’s podcast, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and host David Bloom preview this year’s Mip-tv market and the interactive Israeli format that may just dominate this year’s show; take a look at some of the very familiar nominees for the Olivier Awards, honoring the best of British stage; and ponder the promised closure of BBC Three amid the possible resurgence of The X Factor in the United Kingdom as Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole return to shore up the sagging franchise. Nancy and David also take their weekly look at highlights from the international box office, led by Non-Stop and 300: Rise Of An Empire, and talk about which Oscar winners saw a bump in box office overseas. Click here to listen to the podcast in your choice of formats: Global Showbiz Watch podcast 29 (.MP3 version) Global Showbiz Watch podcast 29 (.M4A version) The M »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
'Teen Wolf' Season 3, episode 23 promo: 'Someone's about to die' in 'Insatiable'
Death is coming to "Teen Wolf" Season 3. The upcoming episode "Insatiable" seems all but certain to be the one in which a major character dies. In the promo for the episode, attacks from both the Oni and the nogitsune make it clear that death is in the air.
And then Lydia screams. You know what the scream means, don't you?
Several people seem to be in the line of fire in "Insatiable." Real Stiles, of course, is still in mortal peril -- the nogitsune version of Stiles flat-out says that death is coming for him. The banshee whispers might be agreeing. Meanwhile, Oni attack Isaac, Kira and Allison at various points in the short video. An Oni attack is never a good sign for survival, after all.
It seems likely that Lydia does survive, despite her dangerous predicament -- unless a banshee screams for her own death too? If that's the case, »
Amazon orders 'The After,' 'Transparent,' more pilots to series: Report
Amazon has reportedly chosen the second batch of series it plans to order from its second round of user-rated pilots. "The After," "Bosch," "Mozart in the Jungle" and "Transparent" will all turn into full series to be streamed on the website's Amazon Prime service.
Although Amazon Studios would not comment on the development details, Variety reports that the two dramas and two comedies will soon start production on full seasons.
"Bosch" follows a cop (Titus Welliver) who is accused of murdering a serial killer suspect, and investigates the murder of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial for his alleged crime. "The After" comes from "X Files" creator Chris Carter and follows eight strangers who must use each other to survive in a mysteriously violent world.
'Justified' Season 5, episode 9: 'Wrong Roads' pretty well sums up the season so far
Week by week, Season 5 of "Justified" is playing like a treatise on the law of unintended consequences. Tuesday's (March 11) episode is called "Wrong Roads," and it piles still more bad outcomes on top of everything that's come so far.
Because Boyd heard about Hot Rod's crew getting shot in Mexico, he uses his "vacation" to go to Memphis and check in with DEA agent, Alex Miller (Eric Roberts, fitting nicely into this world), who is essentially an older version of Raylan but who doesn't seem to inspire much self-reflection in the marshal. Which leads them to the Harris brothers, which leads to Hot Rod -- a long-time informant for Miller, it turns out -- getting shot, which leads them to find the brothers interrupting a meeting between Boyd, Daryl, Wynn and Picker.
Said meeting is a result of Boyd's arrangement of convenience with Daryl and the rest of the Crowes, »
'Awkward' Season 4 trailer: Senior year woes include low grades, college plans and boy drama (of course)
It's senior year on "Awkward," and Jenna's got a whole lot more than just high school graduation on her mind.
MTV just dropped the trailer for Season 4 of the critically-loved dramedy starring Ashley Rickards, and it's filled with shocking developments for all our favorite Palos Hills High students. Like how on the very first day back at school, someone hacks into the school database and leaks the class rankings.
While that alone is enough to start a senior-on-senior battle for the top spot, Jenna is forced to confront the unfortunate consequence of her "sanity sabbatical" during junior year -- a shockingly low rank that jeopardizes her college chances. Oops. Looks like the consequences from last season aren't over yet.
As if that wasn't enough for Jenna to deal with, she's also starting up a friends-with-benefits relationship with her ex, Matty! Flashback to Season 1 when Matty wanted to keep his relationship »
Anne Sweeney’s Legacy: Her Hits, Misses & Contribution To Breaking The Glass Ceiling
In April 2004, ABC was wrapping its third consecutive season in last place among adults 18-49. Then-rising star Disney cable executive Anne Sweeney was brought in, greatly expanding her portfolio to include the struggling broadcast network and its sister studio along with her oversight of Disney’s cable properties. She’s had successes — most notably the gutsy 2010 move to install Ben Sherwood, then considered a polarizing figure, as head of ABC News, as he went on to revitalize Good Morning America and take the morning ratings lead away from incumbent Today. (Sherwood’s morning success has him already tipped for a Jeff Zucker-type career trajectory to a big network job at ABC.) Related: Disney/ABC TV Group President Anne Sweeney To Exit In January 2015 To Become TV Director But there has been little change in primetime. There was an initial momentum brought in by three shows developed by the dismissed »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Olivia Wilde joins HBO pilot from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger
Olivia Wilde is looking to make her return to TV, joining HBO's untitled rock 'n' roll project that carries with it quite a pedigree.
The drama, a look at the late '70s music scene, hails from "Boardwalk Empire" executive producers Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter, with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger on board as co-creator and Ep, as well.
Set in New York, the pilot explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco began to take over, all through the eyes of Bobby Cannavale's Richie Finestra, the founder and president of American Century Records with an ear for talent who's hit with a crisis of character when forced to make a life-altering decision.
Wilde will co-star Devon Finestra, Richie's wife, THR reports. Devon is a former actress/model who spent the '60s living the Bohemian life. When Richie's crisis put strain on their family, »
Mega Buzz: Himym's Endgame, Thrones' New Threats and Good Wife's Scandal
Every week, senior reporter Natalie Abrams satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams
Please tell me The Mother is not dead on How I Met Your Mother. — Dina
I can't do that, but I can let series director Pam Fryman tell you that none of the theories floating around online about the ending or The Mother's fate have hit the nail on the head. "People are so sure and they have such an opinion about what they think is going to happen, but nobody is 100 percent right," she says. "I think people will be happy with the way this plays out. It's a great ending." Surely no one would be happy with The Mother dying, right?
Anything on Game of Thrones would be great. — Claudia
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- Natalie Abrams
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Season 1 episode 20: 'Fancy Brudgom' means 'fancy groom' in Danish
It's wedding bell time on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" as Boyle and Vivian start planning their nuptials.
Boyle choose Peralta to be his best man, and gives him a copy of "Fancy Brudgom" magazine to help with the planning ... "fancy groom" in Danish. Two full days of wedding planning and inappropriate sharing by Boyle! At least until Boyle tells Peralta that he's moving to Canada with Vivian after they're married and admits he doesn't want to go.
Related: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine": Boyle plans his wedding on "Fancy Brudgom" photos
This comment just opens the door for Boyle's insecurities over marrying Vivian in the first place. He doesn't want to leave NYC but he can't actually talk to her because he's convinced she'll just dump him. So he makes Peralta do it, and Vivian gets pretty pointed that he's overstepping. And since Boyle can't actually talk to Vivian, he »
There is a new TV show called 'Sex Box,' where couples have sex in a box on TV
WEtv is producing a one-hour pilot for a new show called "Sex Box," where couples will have sex in a box together then talk about it with a panel of experts afterwards. This is an actual show for actual television.
According to Deadline, the network has ordered a pilot based on the British reality show of the same name, in which couples experiencing relationship problems have sex in a soundproof box and immediately discuss their issues with a panel of experts once they exit -- which "fosters conversations about intimacy that are completely filterless and emotionally honest."
"'Sex Box' is an intriguing and original concept from a top production partner and we're very excited about its potential, which has already been clearly demonstrated overseas - where it's a hit," says WEtv president Marc Juris.
The show is already a hit in Britain, airing first as a reality special on Channel 4 »
First Look At Key Art For Wgn America’s Debut Scripted Series ‘Salem’
Exclusive: We’ve already seen the trailer for Wgn America‘s first scripted series, now here’s a first look at some of the key art. Set in 17th century Massachusetts, Salem revolves around the infamous witch trials — only this time the witches are real. The drama from Brannon Braga and Adam Simon stars Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe and Xander Berkeley. It bows April 20. Related: TCA: Wgn’S ‘Salem’ Creators Defend Witch Trials Re-Write »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
'Pretty Little Liars' - 'Unbridled': A fingerbone corset for Spencer's white wedding
On the latest "Pretty Little Liars," Paily fans are in for some tears, while the girls get one step closer to finding Alison and getting some answers.
Mrs. Dilaurentis continues to act super creepy, but it's all because she basically thinks Spencer killed Alison. Over the course of signing on to help in Mrs. D.'s bridal fashion show in order to poke around the Dilaurentis house, the Liars make contact with Ali, who says she'll explain what's going on, but they need to come to her.
They head out for her hidey-hole in Philadelphia, which is where she's shacking up with [spoiler] -- click here if you want to know who.
During the bridal fashion show, Spencer thinks she sees Mrs. Dilaurentis handing a suitcase to Alison, which, coupled with Mrs. Marin finding a shopping bag of new clothes -- young, trendy ones -- in the Dilaurentis house, »
Law & Order: Svu's Kelli Giddish: Rollins "Hits Rock Bottom"
Detective Amanda Rollins is about to hit her lowest point yet on Wednesday's episode of Law & Order: Svu (9/8c, NBC), and her portrayer, Kelli Giddish, is bracing for the worst.
"I've decided I'm not even going to check Twitter during it," Giddish tells TVGuide.com with a laugh. "I want to see how much [the viewers] cheer for Rollins, how much they're disgusted by the things that she actually...
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- Kate Stanhope
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