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Bob Ingersoll: The Law Is A Ass #336: The Practice Makes Imperfect

12 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I don’t care what the old saying says, in this case The Practice  makes imperfect.

David E. Kelly, the creator, producer and head writer of such shows as Picket Fences, Ally McBeal, and one – mercifully – unsold Wonder Woman  pilot was a practicing attorney in Boston, before he moved to Hollywood to become the creator, producer and head writer of such shows as Picket Fences and Ally McBeal. An interesting choice leaving the law for Hollywood producer. It’s one of the few career moves that wouldn’t be regarded as a step up.

One of Kelly’s biggest TV successes was The Practice, a show about a struggling criminal-defense and plaintiff’s personal injury law firm in Boston It was a show firmly rooted in Kelly’s own past, and a show which won both the Emmy and the Golden Globes award for best drama. By all accounts, it was a high-quality show. »

- Bob Ingersoll

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Writers Guild Honors ‘Army Wives’ Exec Producer Jeff Melvoin

10 December 2014 10:20 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Writers Guild of America West has named Jeff Melvoin (“Army Wives,” “Northern Exposure”) as the recipient of its Morgan Cox Award in recognition of his longtime guild service.

Melvoin is set to receive the award at the guild’s West Coast ceremony on Feb. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

“The breadth and depth of Jeff Melvoin’s contribution to the Wgaw over the past dozen years has few equals,” said WGA West president Chris Keyser. “Though it is by no means his only legacy, the Showrunner Training Program is the rightful pride of this guild.”

Melvoin has been co-founder and chair of the guild’s Showrunner Training Program from its inception in 2005 in partnership with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

Melvoin’s executive producer credits include “In Justice,” “Alias,” “Going to California” and “Picket Fences.” He also served as supervising producer of “Northern Exposure, »

- Dave McNary

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Nicole Kidman Plans To Tell Big Little Lies

25 November 2014 8:41 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Limited series – or, as we tend to call them in the UK, miniseries – have become something of a hot trend across the pond, spurred, no doubt, by the success of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in True Detective’s first season. So the chance to dip into a short run on TV is clearly appealing to the likes of Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, who are attached to star in and produce Big Little Lies.David E. Kelley, a man with no little TV experience (he created The Practice, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal and Picket Fences among others) has signed on to adapt Liane Moriarty’s bestselling dark comedy tome.Big Little Lies follows three very different suburban mothers whose lives are at a crossroads. Madeline is the alpha-mom dealing with her ex-husband and his new wife moving into her beachside community. Then there’s her beautiful friend Celeste, who »

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8 Lessons for the 'Twin Peaks' Reboot

10 October 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

There's a lot to unpack in this week's news that, 25 years after its demise, the groundbreaking dreamscape of "Twin Peaks" will be returning in 2016 as a nine-episode mini-series on Showtime. In this one news nugget, there's so many conclusions to be drawn about how much TV has changed in the last quarter century, what the medium is like now, and what viewers can and do expect from TV dramas these days. So pour yourself some damn fine coffee, dig into a slice of pie, and read on.

1. The medium to which the series is returning is one that "Twin Peaks" itself profoundly changed. For viewers too young to remember, it's hard to convey just how weird and wonderful "Twin Peaks" seemed when it appeared on network TV in 1990. On the surface, it seemed a pop-savvy blend of some favorite genres (murder mystery, nighttime soap, 1950s-style teen melodrama), but it unfurled »

- Gary Susman

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Piracy Endangers TV Renewals and Jobs, Says ‘Killing’ Writer (Guest Column)

6 October 2014 1:55 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In a recent New York Times article, Hana Beshara, founder of NinjaVideo, the now defunct illegal online streaming site for TV and movies, says she is unrepentant for creating a site that chose to use other people’s intellectual property to make half a million dollars for herself and her collaborators on the site.

As a television drama writer who works mainly in the cable world, my writing partner Nicole Yorkin and I write characters like Hana all the time. Engaging characters with questionable morality who gleefully commit crimes for the thrill of it. It makes for good TV.

Hanna would be one of the archetypes — lost and without much of a sense of identity, until she stumbles into the world of online piracy. Her life changes dramatically as she becomes the “hot-tempered,” powerful Queen Phara, lording over her own online community of 60,000 devotees.

Oh, yeah. Move over Walter White. »

- Dawn Prestwich

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Who are Top 10 Emmy contenders for Best Drama Supporting Actor: Aaron Paul, Peter Dinklage ...?

2 July 2014 3:20 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The Emmy for Best Drama Supporting Actor is notoriously fickle: Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad"), who won in 2010 and 2012, was the first actor to repeat in the category since Ray Walston won back-to-back prizes for "Picket Fences" in 1995 and 1996. Is that bad news for Paul and another past champ, "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage (2011)? -Break- Will Aaron Paul achieve historic three-peat? Discuss the Emmys in our lively forums After reading our overview, be sure to check out the photo gallery at the bottom of this post, which previews the top contenders and gets you ready to make your own Emmy predictions before nominations are announced on July 10. Frontrunners Despite the category's historical bias against repeat winners, Paul is our favorite to win, getting 2/1 odds based on the combined predictions of our Experts, Editors, and Users. He would be the first ever three-peat in this category. (Click here...' »

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'Fargo' creator Noah Hawley talks season 1

18 June 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Fargo" concluded its first (and possibly only) season last night. I reviewed the finale here, and I spoke with the show's creator, Noah Hawley, about some of the big developments in the finale, and the possibility of future "Fargo" adventures, coming up just as soon as I go into space despite being afraid of spiders... Before we get to the Q&A, I should note that having just moderated two different panels with Hawley at the Atx Television Festival (including one right after a screening of last week's episode, which you can hear the audio of at the end of the latest Nerdist Writers Panel podcast), I tried to avoid asking him a bunch of repeat questions. I think the only ground we trod over again was on the question of a sequel season, but here's what I can recall from other notable bits of discussion: * Mr. Wrench was inspired »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Kathy Baker and Amanda Crew Join The Age of Adaline

20 March 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

The cast of the upcoming romantic drama The Age of Adaline has been rounded out with the addition of Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actress Kathy Baker ( Edward Scissorhands , "Picket Fences") and Amanda Crew ( The Haunting in Connecticut , Sex Drive ) it was announced today by Lionsgate, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment, who are producing the film. Baker and Crew join previously announced stars Blake Lively, Academy Award-nominated actor Harrison Ford, Academy Award-winner Ellen Burstyn, and Michiel Huisman. The Age of Adaline follows the miraculous life of 29-year old Adaline, who stops aging after recovering from a near-fatal accident. Over the course of the 20th century she embarks on an epic but isolated worldwide journey keeping her »

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Jason Dohring on Stepping Back Into The Role of Bad Boy Logan Echolls For The 'Veronica Mars' Movie

4 March 2014 7:47 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Jason Dohring hasn't been resting on his laurels since "Veronica Mars" departed The CW's schedule in 2007, but that doesn't mean he wasn't excited about the opportunity to reprise the role of Logan Echolls, Neptune, CA's resident bad boy, when series creator Rob Thomas used the power of Kickstarter to make a "Veronica Mars" movie. Dohring started his TV career in the mid-1990s, making one-off appearances on a wide variety of series, including "Baywatch," "Picket Fences," "Roswell," "The Parkers," and "Jag," but it was "Veronica Mars" which gave him as his first series-regular role. After the show wrapped its three-season run, Dohring jumped right back into work, serving as a cast member in CBS's short-lived vampire drama "Moonlight," pulled a recurring role on The CW's "Ringer," and popped up as a guest star on -- among other series -- "CSI," "Lie to Me," and "Supernatural." All the while, however, rumblings »

- Will Harris

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Jason Dohring on Stepping Back Into The Role of Bad Boy Logan Echolls For The 'Veronica Mars' Movie

4 March 2014 7:47 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Jason Dohring hasn't been resting on his laurels since "Veronica Mars" departed The CW's schedule in 2007, but that doesn't mean he wasn't excited about the opportunity to reprise the role of Logan Echolls, Neptune, CA's resident bad boy, when series creator Rob Thomas used the power of Kickstarter to make a "Veronica Mars" movie. Dohring started his TV career in the mid-1990s, making one-off appearances on a wide variety of series, including "Baywatch," "Picket Fences," "Roswell," "The Parkers," and "Jag," but it was "Veronica Mars" which gave him as his first series-regular role. After the show wrapped its three-season run, Dohring jumped right back into work, serving as a cast member in CBS's short-lived vampire drama "Moonlight," pulled a recurring role on The CW's "Ringer," and popped up as a guest star on -- among other series -- "CSI," "Lie to Me," and "Supernatural." All the while, however, rumblings »

- Will Harris

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HBO Orders Tim Robbins And Jack Black To The Brink

12 February 2014 4:15 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Having commissioned the pilot episode of The Brink – a half-hour dark political comedy – last year, HBO has now ordered the show to series, with Tim Robbins and Jack Black heading the cast.

The show centres around the main players caught in a geo-political crisis. Tim Robbins plays the Us Secretary of State, Walter Hollander, who has little patience for war-mongers, while Jack Black plays Alex Coppins – a Foreign Service Officer dealing with the crisis in the field. A third main role – that of a Navy fighter pilot – has yet to be cast, although the wider cast list includes Aasif Mandvi and Meera Syal. The pilot was written by brothers Roberto and Kim Benabib – Roberto having previously worked on Ally McBeal and Weeds. Both will also serve as executive producers, alongside stars Black and Robbins, Jerry Weintraub (Behind The Candelabra) and Jay Roach (The Austin Powers franchise, The Campaign), who also directed the pilot. »

- Sarah Myles

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The 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me' Deleted Scenes Will Finally See the Light of Day

24 January 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Few directors command the kind of cultish devotion that filmmaker David Lynch does. And few of Lynch's properties are obsessed over to the degree that "Twin Peaks," his fascinating, short-lived murder mystery that has served as inspiration for everything from "Picket Fences" to "Lost." For something that only lasted for two brief seasons and one woefully misunderstood feature, it has been endlessly discussed, autopsied and elaborated upon. There's a glossy fan zine, called "Wrapped in Plastic," that is still in publication today (I think), more than 20 years after the last episode of the television series aired.

And one of the holy grails of "Twin Peaks"-iana is a collection of deleted scenes from the feature film, "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me." Supposedly, Lynch filmed enough material for the film for him to make three movies. He decided to focus on the 10 days leading up to the death of Laura »

- Drew Taylor

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