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Ed Westwick Signs With ICM Partners

28 September 2015 5:54 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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… »

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical extends in London

4 September 2015 1:39 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, London

Aldwych Theatre

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical has had its London run extended, and will now play in the capital’s West End until 26 November 2016.

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

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Hollyoaks turns 20: What happened to the original cast from 1995?

1 September 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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)

Ex-model Jeremy Edwards' character Kurt Benson was Hollyoaks' original king of cool, known for his love of his motorbikes, music and the local ladies. Kurt eventually settled »

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UK TV ratings: X Factor just shy of 6m viewers on Sunday night

31 August 2015 7:56 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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).

Over on BBC One, 4.23m (24.1%) tuned in for Big Blue Live at 7pm - but a special episode of Casualty was the channel's best performing primetime show at 8pm with 4.92m (22.8%).

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Hey UK Content Creators! New BBC Diversity Initiative Launched for Budding Directors (Sept. 18 Deadline)

31 August 2015 7:32 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

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

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UK TV ratings: X Factor drops nearly 2 million compared to last year's opening episode

30 August 2015 2:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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%).

On BBC One, Pointless Celebrities appealed to 3.66m from 7pm. The National Lottery: Five Star Reunion managed 2.61m (13.8%), before Casualty held strong with 4.22m (20.7%).

BBC Two entertained 1.2m (5.8%) with a Dad's Army repeat. Sue Perkins' Big Night Out followed with 754k (4%) from 9.10pm.

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The X Factor series 1: Rowetta Satchell, Tabby Callaghan, Steve Brookstein - Where are they now?

28 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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

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, »

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UK production maven to mentor Aussie writers

4 August 2015 3:26 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

UK drama executive John Yorke, former exec producer of Wolf Hall, will serve as the international script mentor for FremantleMedia Australia.s Blue Sky drama initiative.

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

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The top 50 80s kids' TV themes

29 July 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Bananaman to Grange Hill, join us in a spot of TV nostalgia as we celebrate 50 great 1980s kids' TV theme songs...

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 »

- simonbrew

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Casualty Sin City: the soft-boiled Frank Miller homage no one expected

10 July 2015 5:14 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

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

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New Writer For Vin Diesel's Kojak

21 June 2015 6:13 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

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 »

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Vin Diesel's Kojak Movie Is Definitely Happening, Here's The Latest

19 June 2015 6:47 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

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, »

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Oscar-Nominated Actor Biggest Professional Regret: Turning Down 'Doctor Who'

19 June 2015 4:25 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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:[1] David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries. »

- Andre Soares

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Vin Diesel 'Kojak' Movie Moves Forward with New Writer

19 June 2015 3:55 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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. »

- MovieWeb

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Vin Diesel ‘Kojak’ Movie Moves Ahead with Screenwriter Philip Gawthorne

19 June 2015 11:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Studios is gearing up its “Kojak” movie with playwright Philip Gawthorne on board for Vin Diesel’s bigscreen version of the Telly Savalas cop series.

Gawthorne recently signed on to write the script for Lionsgate’s remake of sci-fi thriller “Cube.” His TV credits include the BBC series “Eastenders,” “Casualty” and “Holby City.”

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.

Diesel, the star of “Furious 7,” announced on June 17 that he’s been asked by Lionsgate to reprise his starring role in a sequel to “The Last Witch Hunter,” which opens in October.

Kojak” debuted in 1973 with Savalas as a tough New York City cop with a penchant for Tootsie Pops. »

- Dave McNary

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Production Begins On Irish Indie Feature Twice Shy

15 June 2015 1:56 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

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. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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UK Writers’ Guild Disputes BBC Pay; London’s Drg Opening Los Angeles Branch – Global Briefs

3 June 2015 10:16 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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… »

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BBC 'paying prospective scriptwriters the equivalent of £2 an hour'

2 June 2015 11:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Union chief claims writers are paid single fee of £1,000 to produce potential scripts for soaps such as EastEnders, Holby City and Casualty

The BBC is paying writers working on potential scripts for soaps such as EastEnders, Holby City and Casualty as little as the equivalent of £2 an hour, according to the head of the writers’ union.

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

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The CW Announces 2015-2016 Fall TV Schedule with Trailers

14 May 2015 12:33 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

- MovieWeb

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BAFTA announces 2015 British Academy Television Awards winners

11 May 2015 12:29 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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…

Leading Actor

Benedict CumberbatchSherlock

Toby JonesMarvellous

James NesbittThe Missing

Jason WatkinsThe Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies

Leading Actress

Georgina Campbell – Murdered by My Boyfriend

Keeley HawesLine of Duty

Sarah LancashireHappy Valley

Sheridan SmithCilla

Supporting Actor

Adeel AkhtarUtopia

James NortonHappy Valley

Stephen ReaThe Honourable Woman

Ken StottThe Missing

Supporting Actress

Gemma JonesMarvellous

Vicky McClureLine of Duty

Amanda RedmanTommy Cooper: Not like That, Like This

Charlotte SpencerGlue

Entertainment Performance

Anthony McPartlin and Declan DonnellyAnt and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Leigh FrancisCelebrity Juice

Graham NortonThe Graham Norton Show

Claudia WinklemanStrictly Come Dancing

Female Performance »

- Gary Collinson

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