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Although debates about gun control gained more traction in the wake of shootings at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school in December, the issue of mental illness also re-entered the public conversation. In primetime, mental illness has been in the mix of social issues showrunners address head-on in serious dramas.
“There are still shows that focus simplistically on making ‘crazy’ people violent or comedic,” says Dr. Carole Lieberman, a media psychiatrist who’s also been a consultant on TV shows, including daytime soaps “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.” “Other shows make the effort to go beyond the stereotypes and create characters with specific mental illnesses.”
Lieberman says symptoms don’t appear out of nowhere, and TV shows that explain how they developed — in childhood trauma or through specific adult experiences — paint a more realistic picture.
- Rob Owens
But, the longtime actor admitted at a Emmy roundtable discussion for The Hollywood Reporter (above) that he wasn't aways so jovial on set, specifically while he was playing Dr. Jeffrey Geiger on "Chicago Hope."
"I was very defensive in the beginning, because I didn't let myself trust the directors," he said. "I was arrogant. I wasn't trustful, and I was pretty f***in' insecure. I wouldn't listen to them. When I was doing 'Chicago Hope,' I literally said, 'Tell these people not to talk to me.' And I really can't get over that I had the nerve to do that ... The blessing of surviving, and being 60 years old now and still getting the privilege to do this ... is I learned to listen to them. »
- Leigh Weingus
Exclusive: Emmy and Tony-winning actor Mandy Patinkin has signed with Paradigm, joining his longtime agent Iris Grossman who moved from ICM Partners to Paradigm last week. Patinkin is one of Grossman’s top clients, along with Ed O’Neill. He is currently garnering attention for his co-starring role on Showtime’s Emmy-winning drama Homeland, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Patinkin won an Emmy for Chicago Hope and also starred on Criminal Minds and Dead Like Me, leaving Chicago Hope and Criminal Minds early in their runs. On the feature side, he continues to be best known for William Goldman/Rob Reiner’s classic The Princess Bride. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Stuart died of natural causes on June 6 at her Beverly Hills home, her daughter, Chris Ann Maxwell, told the Los Angeles Times.
Pics: Star Sightings
She began her career in the New York theater and appeared on the big screen in some movies, including Private Benjamin in 1980. But Stuart was best known for her TV work, which in addition to her work on soaps also included guest appearances on shows such as NYPD Blue, Chicago Hope, Peyton Place and Judging Amy.
According to the Times, her real name was Maxine Shlivek and she was born on June 28, 1918, in Deal, N.J. Her first husband was character actor Frank Maxwell, whom she divorced in 1963. She married writer David Shaw in 1974 and he died »
Katie Holmes has maintained a relatively low-key persona in the aftermath of her divorce from Tom Cruise last summer, but now she's getting back to business with her first movies since 2011's "Jack and Jill" and the ReelzChannel miniseries "The Kennedys." Photos from the set of one of those movies -- the upcoming "Mania Days" -- have surfaced, featuring Holmes dashing through a fountain with co-star Luke Kirby while clad in a wet T-shirt.
"Mania Days" depicts two manic depressives who meet in a psychiatric ward and embark on a romance. The movie is written and directed by Paul Dalio, who made his feature-film debut with the 2012 Bulgarian movie "Faith, Love and Whiskey." Spike Lee serves as a producer.
(Scroll down to to see the "Mania Days" photos.)
- The Huffington Post
"The Crazy Ones" marks Robin Williams' return to series TV, his first regular gig since "Mork & Mindy" in the late 1970s. The new CBS series also marks Sarah Michelle Gellar's first half-hour TV comedy. The two are joined by co-stars James Wolk, Hamish Linklater, Amanda Setton and Kelly Clarkson appears in the pilot episode.
"The girl can act," Gellar said of Clarkson on CBS's Upfront 2013 red carpet.
"The group of people we have on this show is pretty wild ... They can go one-on-one so it's not like all you riffing. There's a lot of people doing great stuff backing it up. The writing is really great," Williams said.
In the series from David E. Kelley ("Chicago Hope," "The Practice" & "Ally McBeal"), Williams plays ad executive Simon Roberts, who's known for his unique way of thinking. Gellar plays his daughter, Sydney, a fellow executive at the firm.
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- Chris Harnick
Famed executive producer Henry passed away on Mar. 18, reportedly of a heart attack. He was 66 years old.
His agent and friend Peter Bendek told The Associated Press that Henry died at a Los Angeles area hospital. According to the Los Angeles Times, his death was caused by a heart attack.
“We are deeply saddened by our dear friend Henry Bromell, who has been part of the Showtime family for over a decade,” Showtime executives said in a statement regarding the producer, who worked on the Claire Danes and Damian Lewis-starring show since its premiere in 2011. “Henry was an immensely talented and prolific writer, director and showrunner, and his work on Brotherhood and Homeland was nothing short of brilliant.”
“His passion, warmth, humor and generosity will be greatly missed,” the statement continued. »
- Billy Nilles
I’m going to miss Henry Bromell. The 66-year-old writer, who died yesterday of a heart attack in Los Angeles, didn’t do dumb. If you saw his name in the opening credits of a series, whether as a producer or writer, you knew there was a chance that you were about to see something smart, surprising, and psychologically astute. Look over the man’s résumé: It’s an embarrassment of riches. Bromell broke through twenty years ago writing for Northern Exposure and Homicide: Life on the Street; he worked on Chicago Hope, Brotherhood, Carnivàle, and the promising but short-lived That’s Life. Whatever their virtues and faults, these were all character-driven dramas, a cut above — sometimes many cuts above — TV’s usual.Two of Bromell’s most notable gigs came late in his career: AMC’s Rubicon and Showtime’s Homeland. Both shows drew on his personal history as »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Entertainment Weekly has confirmed the death of TV writer and producer Henry Bromell, who died of a heart attack at the age of 65. Bromell was a short-story writer and novelist who broke into television with his work on Northern Exposure, eventually moving on to be a writer and producer on dramas like I’ll Fly Away, Homicide: Life On The Street, Carnivale, Chicago Hope, Brotherhood, and Rubicon. In 2011, Bromell joined Showtime’s Homeland as an executive producer, writing four of the series’ episodes (including pivotal chapters “Q&A” and “Broken Hearts”), and sharing in the show’s Emmy »
"We were lucky to work with Henry on and off for the past 18 years. He was a supremely talented writer and as kind and warm a person as you could ever meet. He will be deeply missed at the studio and on 'Homeland.' Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife and children," Twentieth Century Fox TV and Fox 21 said in a statement.
Bromell was an executive producer on "Homeland" and wrote the episodes "Broken Hearts," "Q&A," "Representative Brody" and "The Good Soldier." He also worked on "Rubicon," "Chicago Hope," "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "Northern Exposure."
The veteran producer took home a Golden Globe and Emmy for his work on "Homeland" and received a Writers »
- Chris Harnick
“Henry was a profoundly decent and generous man,” the Homeland production team said in a statement. “A great writer and a great friend. No matter how crazy things got, when he was in the room, you knew everything was going to be okay. Everybody here at Homeland is grieving, and we will miss him beyond words.”
“We are deeply saddened »
- Erin Strecker
“We were lucky to work with Henry on and off for the past 18 years,” 20th Century Fox TV/Fox 21 said in a statement. “He was a supremely talented writer and as kind and warm a person as you could ever meet. He will be deeply missed at the studio and on Homeland. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife and children.”
The producer is survived by his wife, Sarah, and two sons.
Deadline first reported Bromwell's passing and our thoughts go out to his loved ones. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
Homeland executive producer Henry Bromell has died of a heart of attack. The acclaimed writer/producer had been part of the Emmy-winning drama’s six-member writing staff since its first season. In addition to a rich resume, which includes Northern Exposure, Homicide: Life on a Street, Chicago Hope, Rubicon and Showtime’s Brotherhood, Bromell, 66, brought with him personal experience as his father had worked for the CIA. "We were lucky to work with Henry on and off for the past 18 years. He was a supremely talented writer and as kind and warm a person as you could ever meet. He will be deeply
- Lacey Rose
Is this the man who wrecked the buffet at the Harrow Club?
Why, yes it is — and he’s got his son with him.
Shawn Ryan (Terriers, The Shield), the executive producer of the Beverly Hills Cop pilot being developed for CBS, shared on Twitter the other day a photo from the set, of series star Brandon T. Jackson with his TV pop Eddie Murphy.
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As Aaron Foley, Jackson (Tropic Thunder) plays a transplanted Detroit police officer now fighting crime in tony Beverly Hills, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Are Axel Foley and Billy Rosewood headed back into the field together?
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From Shawn Ryan (The Shield), the prospective series is touted as a continuation of the film franchise centering on Foley’s police officer son Aaron (played by Brandon T. Jackson), who takes down Beverly Hills’ rich and famous criminals while trying to escape the shadow of his infamous dad (played by Murphy, who, in addition to guest-starring in the pilot, »
- Megan Masters
Pilot casting season is in full swing and big names announced today include Oscar nominee Rachel Griffiths, Jamie Bell, Emmy winner Christine Lahti, "Heroes" star Greg Grunberg and "Made in Jersey" star Janet Montgomery:
Janet Montgomery ("Made in Jersey") is set for the female lead in ABC's "Gothica," a contemporary twist on horror mythology that sees journalist Grace Van Helsing (Montgomery) interacting with characters including Dorian Gray and Victor Frankenstein (Tom Ellis).
Christine Lahti will co-star opposite Brandon T. Jackson in the CBS drama pilot Beverly Hills Cop. The project, written by Shawn Ryan and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, is a continuation of the movie franchise and centers on Axel Foley’s police officer son Aaron (Jackson), who takes down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Lahti will play Helen, the Captain of the Beverly Hills Police Department. Kevin Pollak, David Denman and Argo‘s Sheila Vand co-star. Lahti has kept a presence on CBS since her Emmy-winning starring turn on Chicago Hope. She has been recurring on Hawaii Five-0 and toplined the network’s 2011 pilot The Doctor. Director-actor Clark Johnson has been cast as a lead opposite John Goodman, Mark Consuelos and Matt Malloy in Amazon Studios‘ comedy pilot Alpha House, written by Garry Trudeau. Alpha House follows four senators (Goodman, Johnson, Malloy, Consuelos) who live »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The project, written by Shawn Ryan and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, is being billed as a continuation of the big-screen franchise centering on Axel Foley’s police officer son Aaron (Brandon T. Jackson), who takes down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills while trying to escape the shadow of his infamous tailpipe-banana-ing dad (Eddie Murphy, who will guest star in the pilot and possibly recur if CBS gives it a green light).
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- Michael Ausiello
Veteran TV actress Christine Lahti is joining the Beverly Hills Pd.
Lahti has signed onto a series regular role on CBS’ small-screen take on the Beverly Hills Cop film franchise. She’ll play the Bhpd’s police captain. The actress is best known from her long-running role on CBS’ Chicago Hope and in more recent years has had arcs on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 and NBC’s Law & Order: Svu.
- James Hibberd
Zap2it: With all your activities as CNN's chief medical correspondent, plus your medical practice, how does being an executive producer on the series version of your novel "Monday Mornings" factor into your schedule?
Dr. Sanjay Gupta: When you do a new activity, it's kind of a form of rest for your brain. It's hard to explain, but my mom always used to say, "A change of activity is a form of rest." I like this stuff; I'm not a big vacation taker, and I'm actually not a big television watcher.
I work quite a bit, and I try to write something every day. It's almost like exercise in some ways. I wrote my thoughts on (the school shootings in) Connecticut, and it isn't something that's for public consumption, but I think that exercise is important.
Zap2it: Which medical series have inspired you?
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