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Gossip Girl alum Ed Westwick has signed with ICM Partners. He was formerly with Wme. Westwick is set to star opposite Erika Christensen in the new ABC drama series Wicked City, which premieres October 27. He began his TV career with guest star roles on British TV series including Doctors, Casualty and Afterlife, but his breakout role came in 2007 in The CW’s Gossip Girl playing Chuck Bass. Westwick made his feature film debut the year before in The Weinstein Company’s Brea… »
Over 350,000 new tickets have been released for the show, which will have new cast members join the production in November. Cassidy Janson will play the title role in the musical from 30th November, while Diane Keen will appear as Genie Klein, King’s mother. Alan Morrissey will continue as King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin as well as Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil, Ian McIntosh as song-writer Barry Mann and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is the untold story of her journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, »
- Paul Heath
Holly birthday, Happyoaks! Sorry, let's try that again. Happy birthday, Hollyoaks! That's better.
It's often written off as the runt of the soap litter, but we're rather affectionate towards Hollyoaks. Surprisingly, it's not only survived but is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary this autumn. It now boasts 50 regulars and a faster pace than any other soap, but can you believe that Hollyoaks once focused on the adventures of only seven main characters?
Launching on Channel 4 in October 1995 with just one episode per week, Hollyoaks gradually earned a place in viewers' hearts as it followed the tangled lives and torrid loves of Kurt, Jambo, Louise, Maddie, Natasha, Dawn and Tony. So where are Chester's magnificent seven now?
Jeremy Edwards (Kurt)
UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb
The X Factor's second auditions episode fell just shy of the 6 million mark on Sunday night (August 30), according to overnight figures.
5.94m (27.7%) tuned in at 8pm for the hour-long show, down by over a million viewers from last year's corresponding overnight figures of 7.55m. A further 528k tuned in an hour later on ITV+1.
The X Factor episode 2 review: Simon struggles and we're not okay
Although it was also down on Saturday's audience of 7.11m, it was still the best-performing programme of Sunday primetime.
Elsewhere on the channel, 1.88m (10.9%) watched Animal Mums from 7pm, with 3.81m (18.9%) taking in The Trials of Jimmy Rose from 9pm (+1: 326k).
Announced late last week... Over the next year, 12 drama directors will be mentored on one of the BBC’s 4 flagship continuing dramas ("EastEnders," "Holby," "Doctors" and "Casualty"), where they will receive a full credit on one episode of their assigned program. The shows will all aim to hire directors within nine months for a full directorial commission if the director has shown that they can meet the standards required. Oliver Kent, Executive Producer of Holby and Casualty, says: “This scheme will be a vital stepping stone which will bring some exciting new directing talent to our shows. We can’t wait to welcome them on board.” It is the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb
The X Factor has suffered a year-on-year drop of close to 2 million.
The ITV singing competition returned for its 12th series on Saturday night (August 29), but new judges Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw couldn't inspire the show to reach the same figures as 2014's opening episode achieved.
The series premiere pulled in 7.11m (35.9%) from 8pm, with a further 536k (2.9%) on +1. Last year, the first episode was watched by 9.03m and 465k on +1.
Elsewhere on ITV, Keep It in the Family continued with 3.28m (19.8%) and Through the Keyhole kicked off with 3.13m (18%).
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Saturday nights are no longer for going out - The X Factor is finally returning to our small screens this weekend with new hosts, a fresh judging panel and a fair few format shake-ups.
But whatever happened to the finalists of the first ever series - "barking bloody mad" Rowetta Satchell, red-haired wannabe rocker Tabby Callaghan, cheesy best friend duo 2 to Go and eventual winner Steve Brookstein?
Roberta Howett went from unhappy telecommunications worker to Louis Walsh's Dublin darling after her successful X Factor audition. But perhaps it was the curse of the Walsh that resulted in her early exit from the series when she became the first act to be eliminated.
Now 33, Roberta appeared on the debut album of Spanish composer Toni Castells in 2007. She finally released her debut album in 2010, its lead single 'Beautiful Lies' became her first Top 40 single in the Irish Singles Chart, »
A former head of Channel Four Drama and controller of BBC Drama Production, Yorke will lead two writers through a 5-day development workshop in Sydney starting on August 17.
Fma is yet to name the two writers, whose projects will be developed to a bible and then first draft script stage, ready for commissioning, assisted by director of drama Jo Porter and head of scripted content Anthony Ellis.
They will be further rewarded with financial and creative participation in any successful project. Jointly funded by Screen Australia.s new enterprise industry program and Fma, the scheme aims to create four high-end drama concepts for international broadcasters and VOD platforms.
Porter said, .Having someone of the calibre of John Yorke guiding these unique projects is going »
- Don Groves
There comes a time to turn away from the horrors of the world and retreat underneath the soft, comforting duvet of nostalgia. That time is Friday. That metaphorical duvet is below.
Here are fifty of the best kids’ TV theme songs (spread over two pages and in arbitrary order) of the 1980s. Some, like Alan Hawkshaw’s distinctive Grange Hill intro, are unarguable classics of the era, while others, like Mike Harding's Count Duckula, only started in the late-eighties and spent the rest of their run in the next decade.
Obviously, there being only 50 on this list, we may have missed out your favourite (deliberately or otherwise). Let us know if so, but remember that links may take a while to appear in the comments thread because »
Noir comes to Holby as the veteran hospital drama tries its hand at something a little out of the ordinary. But can such tricksy pastiches revive a flagging patient?
Casualty will be 30 next year. How much longer the Saturday-night medical soap can soldier on must be a question asked regularly in top-level BBC pow-wows: so is its current yen for special, spoof and spin-off episodes a celebratory show of strength or a cry for help?
This week’s edition is entitled Holby Sin City – written in an opening caption using a crimson font mimicking the Sin City graphic novels and 2005 film. The episode is entirely taken up with fussy registrar Ethan (George Rainsford) and his interaction with long-term patient and femme fatale Bonnie (Renee Castle), a 1940s-style sex bomb who might have committed murder. Rain lashes the hitherto rarely glimpsed neon mean streets of downtown Holby. It’s what the »
- Jack Seale
The idea of Vin Diesel inheriting Telly Savalas’s iconic role as Lt. Theo Kojak fills us with both the idea of intriguing possibilities and the nagging image of Kojak saying “Who loves ya, baby?” while enjoying a lollipop as a car careers off a rooftop. Still the one-man movie machine remains committed to taking it on, and has writer Philip Gawthorne working on a new draft of the script.Universal – which we imagine will indulge almost any whim of Vin’s these days given the potent box office for Fast & Furious 7 – is backing the project which at one point the actor (according to his Facebook page) wanted Ang Lee to direct. We’re not there by a long stretch, but development is continuing, with playwright and EastEnders/Casualty veteran Gawthorne scoring job after job in Hollywood. He’s already at work on the Cube remake for Lionsgate and »
Telly Savalas may not be around anymore to remind you, but it.s becoming abundantly clear that Vin Diesel certainly loves ya, baby. It.s been in the works for a while, but the Fast & Furious franchise star.s feature film remake of Savalas. most famous project, Kojak, is still moving forward, and the big screen adaptation has hired a new screenwriter. According to Deadline, Philip Gawthorne has been hired to construct a new draft of the Kojak script for Diesel and Universal. A playwright with a history of writing for British television with shows like Eastenders, Casualty, and Waterloo Road, Gawthorne is also currently working on a remake of Vincenzo Natali.s twisted 1997 sci-fi thriller Cube for Lionsgate, as well as a spec medieval action flick called World Breaker. With all of this on his resume, it.s going to be interesting to see how he brings a tough, »
Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them: David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries. »
- Andre Soares
After more than three years in development, Deadline reports that Universal Pictures is finally moving forward with its adaptation of the beloved 1970s TV series, Kojak, with the studio hiring Philip Gawthorne to write the screenplay. The project will be a modern-day take on the Kojak TV series, which ran for five seasons between 1973 and 1978. No further plot details have been released at this time. Vin Diesel has been attached to star in the project since December 2012.
The original show followed Telly Savalas as Lieutenant Theo Kojak, a hard-nosed New York City detective who had an affinity for Tootsie Pops. His classic line "Who loves ya, baby?" became a popular catch phrase throughout the 1970s. The show was briefly revived in 2005, with Ving Rhames taking over as the title character, but it only lasted for one season. It isn't known how closely Vin Diesel will stick to the original character. »
“Kojak” is being produced by Diesel’s Universal-based One Race Films with Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the writing team behind James Bond films including “The World Is Not Enough” and “Skyfall,” joined the project in 2012 to write a previous draft.
- Dave McNary
Following up his award winning debut feature, Trampoline, cameras have started rolling on director Tom Ryan's latest indie feature, Twice Shy, a comedy/drama about a young couple who set off on a trip to London after an unplanned pregnancy disrupts their lives. Taking in locations in both Ireland and England, the first stop for the production is Ryan’s home town of Nenagh, Co. Tipperary (much of Trampoline was shot there), where they will spend the next filming in and around the surrounding area, including Lough Derg, which was the first location to be filmed at. The team behind the movie, including London based producer, Fionn Greger, are also pleased to announce two more cast members, with Paul Ronan (Love/Hate) and Gemma-Leah Devereaux (Casualty) joining leads Murray Corcoran and Iseult Casey. »
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The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain has sent a stern letter to BBC Director General Tony Hall to introduce the national minimum wage for writers on its so-called “shadow scheme” for long-running series. The letter is in response to reports from members that the pay they receive is about the equivalent of £2-£3 ($3.06-$4.60) an hour for the program that covers soaps EastEnders and Holby City and series Doctors and Casualty. The shadow schemes see writers — often… »
Bernie Corbett, the general secretary of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, has written a letter to BBC director general Tony Hall calling for scriptwriters on so-called “shadow schemes” for long-running TV series to be paid the minimum wage.
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- Mark Sweney
Wrapping up its most watched season in seven years, The CW Network presented its 2015-16 broadcast schedule today to advertisers, affiliates and national media at New York City Center in New York City. The indie-pop band Of Monsters and Men kicked off the presentation with a live performance of their latest single "Crystals," and their international hit song "Little Talks." Here's what CW's Mark Pedowitz had to say in a statement.
"This has been a terrific season for The CW, and is a result of a strategy we set in motion a few years ago to broaden out and grow our audience. We had our most watched season, and our highest-rated season among men, in seven years. We launched The CW's most watched series ever with The Flash, and with The Flash and Jane the Virgin, we received more critical acclaim than ever before. The CW is heading into »
The stars of the small screen gathered in London last night as BAFTA presented the 2015 House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards, and you can check out a full list of the winners (highlighted in red) right here…
Georgina Campbell – Murdered by My Boyfriend
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- Gary Collinson
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