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“Windward Clinic” is a look at the lives of dedicated health care workers at a clinic in the Venice area of Los Angeles. McNally is writing the script and exec producing with Baer.
CBS has long been in the hunt for a medical drama. The subject matter is near and dear to Baer, who is a licensed physician. He’s worked at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and other facilities and is an advocate of expanding access to health care in underprivileged communities. He’s also a veteran of the wards on “ER.”
Baer is also working this development cycle with Marc Cherry on a project for the CW, “Cheerleader Death Squad.”
- Cynthia Littleton
CBS is looking to Under the Dome for new projects. The network has made a script deal for a medical drama project from Under the Dome producers Alexandra McNally and Neal Baer, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Windward Clinic, from CBS Television Studios, is an unflinching look at the deeply personal and raw stories on the dedicated health care workers who come together at a clinic in Venice, Calif., that serves as a crossroads for the haves and have-nots. McNally, whose other TV credits include White Collar, will write the project, with Baer (Law & Order: Svu, ER) executive
- Philiana Ng
“Did you see last night’s ratings for ‘Ray Donovan?’”
It’s the morning after the show’s second-season finale, and Showtime president David Nevins sounds like a proud father, high-fiving a visitor to his Westwood office and firing off stats: The Liev Schreiber drama hit a series-high 2 million viewers. “It’s up 40% from last year,” he says, with a broad grin.
Nevins has good reason to be happy on this late-September day. “Ray Donovan” indeed blossomed into a ratings hit for his network in its sophomore season (even with behind-the-scenes drama forcing a change in showrunner for season three). “Masters of Sex” also wrapped its second season with heightened critical acclaim for the show and the performances of stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.
With a week to go before the fourth-season relaunch of “Homeland,” the early reviews are mostly good as the drama reboots itself in an effort »
- Cynthia Littleton and Debra Birnbaum
How could we turn down the offer of a royal banquet with Queen Vicky Pattison? The Geordie Shore star is ruling the roost in the brand new series - which starts on MTV next week - so she invited us along to a slap up dinner to celebrate.
We sat next to her loyal subject Charlotte Crosby and had a natter about everything from the situation with Gaz to our shared love of Damon from The Vampire Diaries - and we even got matching Geordie Shore tattoos. Don't worry, mum, they were temporary.
But throughout the evening we also had a chance to grab the rest of the guys too, both to get our caricature drawn and to have a bit of dress-up fun ("We've got some crown jewels for you," the boys laughed). Obviously we dug around for some Geordie Shore gossip while we were there, so read on for 12 things we learned, »
Im-not-so-ho, the best thing about The Flash is Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West and John Wesley Shipp as Barry’s father. Im-not-so-ho, the best things about Gotham are Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, and Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot. Im-not-so-ho, the best things about Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. are Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson and Ming Na-Wen as Melinda May.
What does that say about me?
Am I getting old? Am I no longer able to appreciate a pretty-boy face or a hot young thang? Am I just being nostalgic in my appreciation of Martin, who originated the part of Tony in Rent on Broadway and played Detective Ed Green (opposite the brilliant and missed Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Brisco) on Law & Order, which I still regularly watch in reruns, and Ming Na-Wen, who played Dr. Jing-Mei “Deb” Chen on E.R., »
- Mindy Newell
With so many films released on the run up to Halloween it’s been hard to keep up with reviews, so we’re going to play catch-up with another review round-up looking at some recent releases in brief. This time round we have reviews of Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari, Saints & Soldiers: The Void, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and The Pigman Murders.
Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari
Synopsis: At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding…
- Phil Wheat
Actress Misty Upham's father, Charles Upham, believes his daughter died after accidentally slipping off a steep embankment - while trying to hide from police. "She did not commit suicide," Charles said in a statement on Facebook. "We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police. The area in question has a hidden drop off and evidence suggests that she slipped and fell off of the steep embankment when she tried to get out of a view from the road. She simply did not see the drop-off." Upham's body was discovered on Thursday »
- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
Mipcom: First two episodes of series based on the Noah Wyle-starring movie franchise screened in Cannes.
Electric Entertainment has secured deals with multiple territories for Electric-produced TV series The Librarians, including the remainder of English-language markets such as Australia, Canada and South Africa.
In addition to the NBC Universal Pay TV sale for more than 100 territories, the series has sold to Bell Media for Canada, Fox for Sweden and Norway, TV Plus for Poland, TV 2 for Hungary, Icon Film Distribution for Australia/Nz, Daro for South Africa and Gravity for the Cis.
Electric Entertainment held a special screening at Mipcom in Cannes this week for buyers of the first two episodes of the show, with Romijn in attendance.
The Librarians is scheduled to make its Us debut on TNT on Dec »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
"Are we out of the woods yet?" Taylor Swift sings over and over in her new song's chorus. "Are we in the clear yet?" "Out of the Woods" is available now on iTunes, and is getting stripped every time it appears on YouTube. Still, though, a Swift fan Tumblr is -- so far -- dependably hosting. Listen here. Co-written by Jack Antonoff (who just released a whole album of similarly minded pop and synth would-be-hits under the name Bleachers), "Out of the Woods" is a desperate kind of lost love single from the "Shake It Off" star. A lot of (virtual) ink today will be devoted to the song's "last December" love interest, purportedly One Direction's Harry Styles, and partly for a good reason. Swift has always done a spectacular job of weaving relationship specifics in with evergreen heartache, painting songs like an intimate moment with one's favorite pop »
- Katie Hasty
Jane The Virgin premiered Monday night, kicking off the telenovela-based story of Jane Villanueva, a 23-year-old virgin, who is accidentally artificially inseminated by her preoccupied Obgyn.
Jane The Virgin Premiere Recap
In the pilot, Jane (Gina Rodriguez), is studying to become a teacher and dreams of being a writer. Raised by a single mother, Xiomara (Andrea Navedo), and her grandmother Alba (Ivonne Coll), Jane promised her grandmother that she would remain a virgin until marriage (and wouldn’t make the same mistakes as her mother). At 23, Jane is keeping her promise, despite being in a long-term relationship with Michael (Brett Dier), a young detective, and heading towards an engagement.
But first, Jane is at the Obgyn for a routine pap smear on the very same day her boss’ wife, Petra (Yael Grobglas), is being artificially inseminated with her husband’s only sperm sample. Petra’s husband, Rafael (Justin Baldoni) is a cancer survivor, »
Related Jane the Virgin EPs Justify Edgy Title, Promise a Comedy About ‘Morality’
Before you chime in with your thoughts, here’s a recap of the pilot and the players.
Jane Villanueva (played with warmth and relatable charm by The Bold and the Beautiful‘s Gina Rodriguez) has been raised by a single mother, Xiomara (How to Make It in America‘s Andrea Navedo), and her grandmother, Alba (Switched at Birth »
Showtime's newest drama premiered last night, and if you're a TV fan who hasn't seen it yet, you're going to want to fix that immediately. Not only does it boast an odd yet excellent assortment of incredible actors from incredible shows – Dominic West from The Wire, Maura Tierney from ER, Ruth Wilson from Luther, and Joshua Jackson from Fringe (or let's be real – Dawson's Creek) – but it's also the best new drama of the season. There. We said it. It's also not at all what you think! Not just a show about an affair, but memory, and how vastly people's recollections can differ...Making for a truly unique premise for the show in which everyone is »
The seeds for Showtime’s The Affair were planted on Sunday night — will you be sticking around to see how this “He Said, She Said” drama plays out?
Co-created by In Treatment‘s Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi, The Affair stars Dominic West (The Wire) as Noah Solloway, a New York City school teacher and aspiring novelist who is spending the summer at his in-laws’ estate out on Long Island. As he, wife Helen (ER‘s Maura Tierney) and their brood of kids arrive for this getaway, they make the acquaintance of a local waitress, Alison (Luther‘s Ruth Wilson »
Marvel may have missed out on showing off their upcoming Daredevil series at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer, but the studio made up for it in spades this weekend when they brought the Man Without Fear to Nycc. Not only did we finally get our first look at Charlie Cox in costume as the titular vigilante, but we now know who Rosario Dawson will be playing and also received information on four exciting new cast additions: Ayelet Zurer, Bob Gunto, Toby Moore and Vondie Curtis Hall.
Zurer, best known for her role in Angels & Demons and for playing Superman’s Kryptonian birth mother in last year’s Man of Steel, will play Vanessa Marianna, an art dealer who becomes the wife of notorious crime boss Wilson Fisk a.k.a. The Kingpin (played by Vincent D’Onofrio). According to Marvel, her “chance meeting with Wilson Fisk dramatically changes their lives. »
- James Garcia
Twin Peaks is coming back. Those are five words David Lynch fans having been waiting to hear for a long time. On Monday, Showtime announced they are reviving the ABC cult classic for a nine episode run in 2016, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Both of the show's original writers, Lynch and Mark Frost, are back to pen the new season, with Lynch also signed on to direct the reboot. Now that the news is officially out, Twin Peaks devotees are wondering where the revival will pick up. Those involved in the project are staying tight-lipped about details, including whether the original cast will return, »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
Showtime this Sunday at 10/9c invites you to lay witness to The Affair that ignites between an aspiring novelist and a Hamptons waitress, each uniquely unhappy in their respective marriages.
But whereas TV’s most recent bid to revolve a premise on infidelity, ABC’s one-and-done Betrayal, left people cold, this new drama presents the illicit relationship from two distinct points of view — that of the aforementioned waitress, Alison (played by Luther‘s Ruth Wilson), and Hamptons vacationer Noah (The Wire‘s Dominic West). Joshua Jackson (Fringe) and Maura Tierney (ER), meanwhile, play Alison and Noah’s respective mates, Cole and Helen. »
Maura Tierney is dipping her toe into unfamiliar waters, and we're not talking about those off the shore of Montauk; the Emmy nominee is heading to cable with The Affair. Tierney spent almost 10 years on ER, NBC's hit medical drama. Before that there was nearly 100 episodes of the comedy NewsRadio. Stints on Rescue Me, The Good Wife and a short-lived legal drama The Whole Truth followed, but now Tierney is heading to Showtime for the provocative new drama costarring Dominic West, Ruth Wilson and Joshua Jackson. "Initially, I had really wanted to work on cable television. I was on network TV for about 15 years or so, which I loved. I was on two amazing shows on network, but I've never worked without »
Pop, the new fan-oriented entertainment cable outlet set to launch in 2015 out of what is currently known as Tvgn, said it would launch six new original series when it debuts in 2015, along with live red carpet specials during the awards season, and a curated line-up of television favorites including the old Fox series “Melrose Place” and CBS cult-favorite “Jericho”
“Our slate is filled with fun, fan-driven content featuring big stars and rising talent, as well as an optimistic spirit that celebrates audience passion,” said Brad Schwartz, president of entertainment and media, at the network, which is owned jointly by CBS Corp. and Lionsgate.
Among the newly announced original series are: “Sing It On,” a singing competition; “Queens of Drama,:” a docu-series featuring daytime and primetime soaps stars as they attempt to produce a new primetime serial drama to star in; and “Street Magic,” a series focused on the world »
- Brian Steinberg
On the same day Showtime announced it would be bringing “Twin Peaks” back in 2016, the network sponsored a glitzy Montauk-in-Manhattan premiere for its contemplative new drama “The Affair,” premiering the first episode Monday in a New York ballroom decked out with wicker chairs.Starring Brits Dominic West and Ruth Wilson as a pair of clandestine lovers — he’s a Brooklyn-based public school teacher named Noah, she’s a blue-collar waitress named Allison — the show’s recipe includes a unique he-said/she-said structure, with every episode split in half, telling its story from each of their incongruous memories. (Introducing the episode, Showtime president David Nevins described it as “a really sticky story.”)
“We’re trying, hard, to create art on television,” said co-creator Sarah Treem. “We’re not trying to make the shows difficult, or more complex than usual, but we are trying to use television as a medium that could, »
- Steve Macfarlane
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