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Is anyone in Washington strong enough to bring Francis Underwood down? We won’t find out for sure until Friday, when new episodes of House of Cards debut on Netflix — but one new character might just be the woman for the job.
The Emmy-winning drama’s second season introduces another political player with serious potential: Jacqueline Sharp, a young congresswoman poised to rise in the ranks after Frank ascends to the White House. She’s played by Deadwood alum Molly Parker — a savvy operator well-versed in both prestige TV and keeping a show’s surprises under wraps. (Parker is so »
- Hillary Busis
Ron Moore is returning to TV in a big way this year. The Battlestar Galactica alum is exec producing Syfy's latest scripted hit Helix, which has broken DVR records for the network, and has Starz's high-profile adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's best-sellers Outlander due in the summer. Both series mark Moore's TV comeback after Syfy's BSG prequel spinoff Caprica ended its run in 2010. In the years since, Moore developed futuristic procedural 17th Precinct for NBC, a remake of The Wild West for CBS and Coast Guard drama The McCulloch for NBC, all of which were passed over.
- Lesley Goldberg
Film and television producer and distributor Laurence “Larry” Joachim died in Beverly Hills on Nov. 17. He was 88.
Joachim was an innovator in the radio and television “plug business,” a term he used for product placement and gifts given or won on gameshows.
In 1974 and 1976 Joachim produced and distributed for and with 20th Century Fox and his companies Trans National Film and Jmj Productions two movie versions of the TV series “The Green Hornet” with Bruce Lee as Kato.
As an independent distributor he founded and ran Trans National Film Corp., Televentures Corp. and Trans Continental Film Corp. He released Chuck Norris action pic “Breaker Breaker,” produced and distributed Jim Kelly starrer “Black Samurai” and distributed Sonny Chiba’s “The Executioner” and “The Assassin.” He also produced and distributed “The Wild West,” a compilation documentary featuring the Republic Pictures Westerns starring John Wayne and others, and he introduced Jackie Chan to a U. »
- Variety Staff
3 items from 2014
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