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“Madam Secretary” Showrunner Barbara Hall Developing CIA Drama for CBS

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Barbara Hall is shifting gears from the White House to the CIA. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the “Madam Secretary” creator and showrunner is working on “Family Business,” a CBS drama about a multigenerational family of spies.

Family Business” will tell the story of a CIA family “through the eyes of its youngest generation,” THR writes, “three adult siblings who all struggle with rivalry, secrets, and making their mark in the intelligence community.” Hall is writing the script and will serve as exec producer.

Madam Secretary” premiered on CBS in 2014. Led by Téa Leoni, the drama traces the professional and personal lives of one the most powerful women in the world: Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord. Bebe Neuwirth (“The Good Wife”), Patina Miller (“Hunger Games” franchise), and Tim Daly (Shonda Rhimes’ “Private Practice”) also star.

In early 2016 Hall signed a two-year deal with CBS Television Studios. The pact sees the showrunner continuing to oversee “Madam Secretary” while developing new projects for CBS. “Family Business” is presumably part of Hall’s deal.

Moonlighting,” “Northern Exposure,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “Judging Amy,” and “Homeland” are among the writing credits on Hall’s stacked resume.

Season 4 of “Madam Secretary” begins Sunday, October 8 on CBS.

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CBS Developing CIA Drama From ‘Madam Secretary’ Creator Barbara Hall, Glenn Geller

CBS Developing CIA Drama From ‘Madam Secretary’ Creator Barbara Hall, Glenn Geller
CBS is developing a new drama series from Barbara Hall and former CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller, Variety has learned.

Currently titled “Family Business,” the project would follow a multi-generational CIA spy family, told through the eyes of its youngest generation: three adult siblings who all struggle with rivalry, secrets, and making their mark in the intelligence community. Hall will serve as an executive producer and writer on the project, with Geller also executive producing. CBS Television Studios will produce.

Hall has a long history with CBS, having most recently created “Madam Secretary,” which is going into its fourth season at the network. She also created the series “Judging Amy,” which ran for six seasons and 138 episodes on CBS, as well as “Joan of Arcadia,” which aired on CBS for two seasons. She has also written for and produced “Homeland,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Army Wives,” and “Northern Exposure.” She is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners
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TV Rewind: The 9 Shows That Defined 1990, From ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘Wings’

The year 1990 was the beginning of a new decade that just had survived the neon excesses of the ’80s. This fresh start was seen in the world at large with the reunification of Germany, the unification of Yemen, the release of Nelson Mandela and the resignation of Margaret Thatcher as the U.K.’s prime minister.

It was also the fledgling days of the internet, when the first web server was created, providing a foundation for the World Wide Web as we know it.

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Over on television, “Saturday Night Live” welcomed the new talents of Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and Julia Sweeney.

The year also marked the end of an era for shows like “Alf,” “227,” “Newhart,” primetime soap “Falcon Crest,” Nickelodeon’s slime purveyor “You Can’t Do That on Television,
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Northern Exposure: A Revival? Cast Says "Something Is in the Works"

Could there be a Northern Exposure revival? Recently, the cast of the CBS TV show told the Today show that "something is in the works," The Wrap reports.The '90s dramedy followed Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow), a New York City physician who is sent to the small town of Cicely, Alaska. The cast also includes Barry Corbin, Janine Turner, John Cullum, Cynthia Geary, and John Corbett. The show originally ran for six seasons between 1990 and 1995.Read More…
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‘Northern Exposure’ Reboot: Cast Tells ‘Today’ Show ‘Something Is in the Works’

‘Northern Exposure’ Reboot: Cast Tells ‘Today’ Show ‘Something Is in the Works’
Release the moose: More “Northern Exposure” may soon be coming to a small town near you. “Breaking news here, guys,” the “Today” show’s Jenna Bush Hager said on Tuesday morning. “The cast told me they’re constantly asked about the possibility a reboot, and while nothing is official, they tell me something is in the works.” “Let’s bring it back!” she added after her sit-down interview with the gang from fictional Cicely, Alaska. “I have a feeling they all were really enthusiastic about a reboot … although they did say it’s hard to catch lightning in a bottle twice.
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‘Northern Exposure’ Revival? Producers & Cast In Favor Of It – Atx

The cast and creatives of CBS’ Northern Exposure reunited Friday at Austin’s annual Atx Television Festival, and per usual with a show reunion comes questions of a possible revival. While nothing is in the works, creator/executive producer Joshua Brand expressed interest in revisiting the series, which ran five seasons from 1990-1995, won the Drama Series Emmy in 1992 and three consecutive Drama Series Golden Globes. “We would love it. [Rob Morrow] has been working…
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'Northern Exposure' Team Talks Possible Revival: "We Would Love to See It"

The cast and creative behind cult favorite Northern Exposure reunited Friday at the Atx Television Festival in Austin, Texas, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the former CBS series' premiere.

"I think it was five years ago," star Rob Morrow joked.

Like most reunions in the Peak TV era, the question turned to potential revival of the quirky drama, which ran for five seasons and 110 episodes. Set in a sleepy town in Alaska, the series centered on New York City physician, Dr. Joel Fleischman (Morrow), who is sent to practice in the fictional town of Cicely to fulfill his...
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Madam Secretary Season 3 Episode 19 Review: Global Relief

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Convincing an arms dealer to negotiate a temporary peace treaty between two of his clients is nothing getting your kids into college.

Elizabeth took multitasking to a whole new level on Madam Secretary Season 3 Episode 19 as she managed to broker a deal to save thousand from starvation and still "be" with the family for the reveal of Ali's big news.

While the nitty-gritty of implementing a cease fire through back channels and arranging aid for thousands of people was interesting, and tracking terrorists provides high stakes, it was the McCord home life that stole the show. 

Henry and Elizabeth's relationship is clearly the bedrock of Madame Secretary, but I loved how this really broke down how they parent, and how they make their family work. It doesn't just happen. It's a coordinated effort, a deliberate exercise, not just a series of off the cuff reactions.

But I think the key
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John Corbett Joins ABC’s Pilot ‘Las Reinas’

John Corbett has signed on to star in ABC’s drama pilot “Las Reinas,” Variety has learned.

Las Reinas” centers around detective Alex De La Reina who is forced to confront her past when a case compels her to reconnect with her estranged family – the most powerful criminal outfit in Miami. Thrust back into the world she thought she had left behind, she must walk the murky line between the law and her family, and question her true destiny as a De La Reina.

Previously announced, Daniella Alonso will star as Alex De La Reina. Sonia Braga will also star in the pilot as Alex’s grandmother, Gabriella De La Reina.

Corbett will play Lt. Donald Worden, Alex’s (Alonso) former partner and her mentor. He took Alex under his wing years ago when she ran away from her family, and brought her into the police academy. A great detective in his own right, he
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‘Alias’ Reunion, ‘Parks and Recreation’ Screening Party Highlight New Additions to Atx Television Festival

‘Alias’ Reunion, ‘Parks and Recreation’ Screening Party Highlight New Additions to Atx Television Festival
If you’ve been missing Sydney Bristow, better book a ticket to Austin, TX. The Atx Television Festival announced today it will be hosting an “Alias” writers’ room reunion featuring many of the show’s long-time scribes, including Ken Olin, Lawrence Trilling, Sarah Caplan, Monica Breen, Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, and Josh Appelbaum.

Creator J.J. Abrams has yet to be confirmed, but additional panelists will be announced at a later date. Last year, the Atx Festival hosted a writers’ room reunion for “The O.C.” that included creator Josh Schwartz.

Also announced this afternoon was a “Parks and Recreation” community screening. For the first five seasons of the festival, the Austin-based event celebrated an Austin-based show: “Friday Night Lights.” But last year marked the final tailgate party / community screening for the beloved series, and festival programmers found a more than fitting replacement in “Parks and Recreation.”

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Designing Women Cast Will Reunite at Atx Festival 2017

Designing Women Cast Will Reunite at Atx Festival 2017
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

The casts of two popular ’80s television series are reuniting at Atx Television Festival next year.

On Thursday, the Austin-based festival announced the cast and creator of CBS’ Designing Women will reunite for a special 30th anniversary panel. Stars Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Gerald McRaney, Hal Holbrook and Douglas Barr will join creator and executive producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason for the event. The festival is also planning retrospectives for Bloodworth-Thomason’s Evening Shade and Hearts Afire.

The cast of the quirky CBS comedy-drama Northern Exposure will also get together at Atx next year.
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Atx Television Festival Plans ‘Designing Women,’ ‘Northern Exposure’ Reunions

Atx Television Festival Plans ‘Designing Women,’ ‘Northern Exposure’ Reunions
The Atx Television Festival has just unveiled its first batch of panels and programming for next year’s gathering, and fans of “Designing Women” and “Northern Exposure” — and Burt Reynolds and Marilu Henner — should get their tickets now.

To mark the 30th anniversary of “Designing Women,” Atx will hold a reunion featuring creator and executive producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, along with stars Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Gerald McRaney, Hal Holbrook, and Douglas Barr. Retrospectives for Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s other series, “Evening Shade” and “Hearts Afire,” are also on the Atx 2017 schedule, with Burt Reynolds and Marilu Henner confirmed for “Evening Shade,” and Markie Post and Leslie Jordan confirmed for “Hearts Afire.”

The “Northern Exposure” reunion will include cast members Rob Morrow, John Corbett, Barry Corbin, Janine Turner, and Darren Burrows, along with creator Joshua Brand (“The Americans”), writers Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, and network executive and producer Cheryl Bloch.

While
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'Designing Women,' 'Northern Exposure' Reunions Set for Atx Television Festival

The Atx Television Festival is preparing for another year of classic TV reunions.

The casts of Designing Women and Northern Exposure have signed on to appear at the sixth annual festival, set to run June 8-11 in Austin, Texas.

To mark the 30th anniversary of Designing Women, stars Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Gerald McRaney, Hal Holbrook and Douglas Barr will join creator/executive producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. (Stars Dixie Carter and Meshach Taylor passed away in 2010 and 2014, respectively.)

The stars of Northern Exposure, including Rob Morrow, John Corbett, Barry Corbin, Janine Turner and Darren Burrows, will appear along with...
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‘My Dead Boyfriend’ Exclusive Clip: Heather Graham Embarks On an Eccentric Journey To Learn About Her Deceased Companion

‘My Dead Boyfriend’ Exclusive Clip: Heather Graham Embarks On an Eccentric Journey To Learn About Her Deceased Companion
What if the person you always thought was a loser suddenly dies and you discover they had a rich life after all? That’s the premise of Anthony Edwards’ film “My Dead Boyfriend,” the story of a woman who embarks on an eccentric journey after coming home to find her boyfriend has died.

Based on Arthur Nersessian’s 2000 novel “dogrun,” the film film follows Mary (Heather Graham), who desperately tries to get rid of her dead boyfriend’s ashes and finds herself in numerous misadventures, like playing bass in a rock band, befriending a dog, and meeting up with ex-lovers. Along the way, she realizes she’s more than her string of temp jobs and discovers there’s much more to her couch potato boyfriend. The film co-stars Katherine Moenning (“The L Word”), John Corbett (“Northern Exposure”), Gina Gershon (“Face/Off”), Scott Michael Foster (“Greek”), Griffin Dunne (“After Hours”) and more.
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12 Worst TV Shows of All Time

12 Worst TV Shows of All Time
Too much quality TV got you down? All that art and introspection making you pine for the long-gone age of junk? Here’s a companion to our list of the 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time – a few of our picks for the worst. Remember: For every bad show that claws its way to the airwaves, there are hundreds of even worse ones that never made it that far. Respect!

Duck Dynasty

2012-present

Congratulations, Robertson family – you are officially the worst anything ever! A dipshit sitcom passed off as a reality show,
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From Morgan Freeman to Matthew Rhys, Actors Take on TV Directing Reins

From Morgan Freeman to Matthew Rhys, Actors Take on TV Directing Reins
The Americans” star Matthew Rhys compares the process of directing an episode to childbirth — once it’s over, you forget how difficult it was in the moment (disclaimer: he is well aware that the comparison is totally baseless, but you get the point).

“The first episode back after directing, you’re just so relieved to be standing on a piece of tape, and not being pecked to death by a thousand questions,” he says. “It’s the episode after that where you go, ‘Oh, I’m a bit bored again.’ ”

Since episodic television relies on a revolving door of directors, actors are excited to take on new work behind the camera. Morgan Freeman, for one, directed the season two premiere of “Madam Secretary” (“The Show Must Go On”) in which the president goes missing and Elizabeth McCord [Tea Leoni] must be sworn into office. Freeman makes a cameo as the Supreme Court chief justice, and helps her take the oath.

The episode was his first directorial stint since his debut in 1993, directing the film “Bopha!” And while Freeman says he prefers the limited time in television as compared to a feature film, the episode still had its trials. “I think the biggest challenge in episodic television is time,” he says. “We cut some wonderful scenes. And you don’t like to cut actors out when they’ve done such wonderful work.”

Freeman will return to the “Madam Secretary” set in July to direct the show’s season three premiere. He says directing allows him to draw from his experiences working with legendary filmmakers. “The idea of directing does become appealing as you work [as an actor],” Freeman says. “Particularly when I worked with Clint Eastwood, I got so many great pointers in directing, just watching him work.” For example, “Positive feedback is the biggest thing, and speed.”

“Coming from the inside you kind of go, ‘Look, I know this dialogue, I’ve used it to annoy directors myself.’ ” matthew rhys

Multi-hyphenate Adam Arkin directed the final two episodes of “Fargo’s” season two, and also played a small role as Hamish Broker, a midlevel manager of a crime syndicate. He says his relationship between acting and directing has fluctuated over time, starting with his first gig on an episode of “Northern Exposure.”

“For quite a while after that, it was almost exclusively on shows that I had committed to as an actor already,” he says. “Now it’s done a complete 180, in that quite often the acting jobs I get now are connected with shows that I’ve already been established on as a director.”

The two episodes that Arkin directed on “Fargo” included elaborate coordination. He had to arrange sequences ranging in scope from a large-scale ambush at a hotel that is interrupted by a UFO sighting, to an intimate conversation in a car between Peggy Blumquist (Kirsten Dunst) and Lou Solverson (Patrick Wilson). “There were sequences in those episodes that involved the occasional sleepless night,” Arkin laughs.

So much so that the pressure of acting scarcely crossed his mind. “My focus was probably 98% on the directing part of the equation — even on the day that I was acting,” he says. “There are just a hundred more responsibilities in that role.”

Actors tend to direct shows that they already have ties to, but Regina King says when she expressed interest in directing, director-producer Paris Barclay advised her to do the opposite. “He said, ‘If you want people to really take you seriously, they need to see that you are taking the steps to take it seriously beyond your show. There are a lot of actors who direct on their show. You want to show that your ambition goes beyond what’s convenient.’”

So King applied to a number of directing programs, with her sights set specifically on ABC. “I wanted to work with Shonda Rhimes,” she says. Once she was accepted into the program, King began shadowing “Private Practice,” then “Scandal.”

“Part of the shadowing is you get to observe how the machine works,” she says. “You’re not coming in trying to change anything. You’re coming in, embracing the tone that’s already been set, and trying to put your own signature on it. It’s like you go into a person’s kitchen, and you say ‘Oh, I eat that too. I love chicken parmesan, but I sprinkle parsley on mine.’”

King has since directed “Scandal,” including the season five episode “Pencils Down” in which Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) tries to help presidential hopeful Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) recover from a campaign PR stunt gone wrong.

As an Emmy-winning actress, King says some of the same tools used in acting translate. “I’ve always had good communication with actors as an actor, so that was not much of shift,” she says. “That was a feather that I could already put in my director’s cap.”

You Betcha: Adam Arkin has directed episodes of numerous FX series including the “Fargo” season two finale.

Recently she also directed an episode of “The Catch,” and moved outside ShondaLand for episodes of “Animal Kingdom” and “Greenleaf,” all while starring in “American Crime” and “The Leftovers.” As her credits would suggest, King says her aspirations are neck and neck. “I don’t want to do one or the other, I want to do both,” she says. “And not particularly both at the same time.”

But unlike many actor-directors who might have a very small part in the episodes they direct, Rhys, who directed season four, episode eight of “The Americans” (“The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears”), is the lead actor. “I was lucky enough to trust an amazing crew,” he says. “I blindly, maybe ignorantly or arrogantly, trusted that [the acting] was there after four seasons, and just thought about the directing.”

Rhys says he was originally supposed to direct a different, less-involved episode, but co-star Keri Russell’s pregnancy led to a condensed production schedule.“I got [episode] eight, which was this beast of an episode that had airplanes and deaths and fights. Everything was thrown at the wall,” he says, “I was given a box of fireworks.”

Before “The Americans,” Rhys got his start directing a few episodes of “Brothers & Sisters” while he was on the show. He says he “was very keen to direct” when “The Americans” started, and even raised the idea with the creators. “Obviously they were very wary to give me an episode in season one,” he says. “They had kind of skirted the issue.” Which turned out to be a relief for Rhys once he realized how labor-intensive the show’s production schedule would be. “This is an absolute sprint.”

But on a broad level, directing and acting do inform one another, and manifest in literal ways. “When I first directed, years ago, it kind of changed a number of things about the way I conduct myself. I’m far more punctual. I don’t come with any ideas anymore. I just say to the director ‘Where do you want me to stand, and how do you want me to say it?’ It kind of makes me act quicker,” he says.

And Rhys sees one more big advantage: He speaks the actor’s language, which means he can see straight through their nonsense. “Coming from the inside you kind of go, ‘Look, I know this dialogue, I’ve used it to annoy directors myself, so don’t use it on me. There’s no magic here. I just need you to stand by the window.’”
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Review: On 'The Americans,' will 'The Day After' make Elizabeth do something awful?

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Review: On 'The Americans,' will 'The Day After' make Elizabeth do something awful?
A review of tonight's The Americans coming up just as soon as I promise you it'll be better if you blink... "This is why we're here." -Elizabeth At 10, I was too young to watch The Day After when ABC aired it in the fall of 1983, but I knew all about it. The marketing for it was inescapable, making it into the kind of event that the Jennings and Beeman families would watch together (and that even the agents of the rezidentura would want to check out). I didn't even need to see the thing to have nightmares about it, and about the larger peril of global thermonuclear annihilation that hung over us every damn day back then. More than once as a kid, I had to ask one of my parents to reassure me at bedtime that the world wouldn't blow up while I was asleep, and we know from
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Series Mania: David Chase – ‘The Sopranos’ Was a Middle Finger at the TV Establishment’

Series Mania: David Chase – ‘The Sopranos’ Was a Middle Finger at the TV Establishment’
Paris — The head of the jury at the 7th Series Mania, “The Sopranos” showrunner David Chase took to the stage for an extended interview, reflecting on a long and varied career that very nearly took some very different turns. Beginning with his childhood in New Jersey, he revealed that his youth was vital to his later career as a writer, but not for the reasons many expected. “We were one of the last families to get a television set,” he said. “My father didn’t want to do it. He thought I would spend all my time watching television. Which is what I did do once we got the television. He said he was going to put a lock on it, and he never did do that. But I did watch quite a bit on it.”

Describing post-war New Jersey as “sauvage,” painting a picture of an outgoing, outdoorsy child,
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Alec Baldwin as Mr. Big?! Sex and the City Creator Reveals His Original Picks for Carrie Bradshaw's Two Big Loves

Alec Baldwin as Mr. Big?! Sex and the City Creator Reveals His Original Picks for Carrie Bradshaw's Two Big Loves
He's got two ears and a heart, doesn't he?

Many fell under the spell of Chris Noth on Sex and the City, but would Mr. Big have won viewers' – and Carrie Bradshaw's – affection with a different actor? Just maybe.

The series' creator Darren Star revealed to Entertainment Weekly that his initial pick for the role was none other than the man who would go on to play 30 Rock's Jack Donaghy.

"I was thinking of Alec Baldwin for Big initially [in Sex and the City]," Star shared. "I don't really watch Law & Order, but I met with Chris Noth and thought he was perfect.
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Alec Baldwin as Mr. Big?! Sex and the City Creator Reveals His Original Picks for Carrie Bradshaw's Two Big Loves

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Alec Baldwin as Mr. Big?! Sex and the City Creator Reveals His Original Picks for Carrie Bradshaw's Two Big Loves
He's got two ears and a heart, doesn't he? Many fell under the spell of Chris Noth on Sex and the City, but would Mr. Big have won viewers' - and Carrie Bradshaw's - affection with a different actor? Just maybe. The series' creator Darren Star revealed to Entertainment Weekly that his initial pick for the role was none other than the man who would go on to play 30 Rock's Jack Donaghy."I was thinking of Alec Baldwin for Big initially [in Sex and the City]," Star shared. "I don't really watch Law & Order, but I met with Chris Noth and thought he was perfect.
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