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Don Johnson just struck gold — black gold, to be specific.
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The series will explore the economic explosion caused by the discovery of gas reserves in North Dakota within the last decade, with Johnson set to play “mega alpha male oil tycoon” Hap Boyd.
In addition to starring in the series, »
Don Johnson is set for a lead role in the ABC drama pilot Boom, from producer Tony Krantz and ABC Studios. Written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne and directed by Jonas Pate, Boom examines the biggest oil discovery in American history — bigger than Texas and as big as Saudi Arabia — which has triggered a geopolitical shift and an economic boom in North Dakota on a scale not seen since the 1849 California Gold Rush. Nash Bridges and Miami Vice alum Johnson will play Hap… »
Carlton Cuse has become the King of Creepy TV. The Returned — his remake of the French undead drama Les Revenants — premieres on A&E tonight, following the season opener of his Psycho prequel Bates Motel. He's also hard at work on season two of FX's vampire-virus gorefest The Strain and USA's upcoming conspiracy chiller Colony. It's no mystery why he's compelled to produce these types of shows. "After Lost, it would be hard for me to do a straight-up drama like Parenthood, which doesn't have the added genre elements that give storytelling octane," he tells Vulture. In other words, don't expect him to reboot Nash Bridges anytime soon.Why did you decide to do an English-language version of The Returned?I love the idea that it had this genre-show hook but it was really character-focused. The French show was great, but it afforded a lot of opportunity downstream for originality. »
- Bruce Fretts
When John Wirth, the showrunner for “Hell on Wheels,” recently sold a pilot, he reached out to his friend Carlton Cuse for advice on how to juggle multiple shows. Cuse, who’s now running four dramas (among other projects), told Wirth, “You can’t have your way all the time.”
But there’s more to the secret of Cuse’s success than simply letting go. Over the course of several days earlier this winter, Variety shadowed Cuse as he maneuvered seamlessly from a notes session on A&E’s “Bates Motel” to editing “The Returned” to interviewing job candidates for FX’s “The Strain” to filming the pilot for USA’s “Colony.”
“He’s got that brain where he can be working on episode 19 of ‘The Strain’ and then drive across town, have several conversations about who knows what, walk into the writers’ room of ‘Bates’ where they’re talking »
- Debra Birnbaum
Taylor Negron, a chameleonic character actor known for roles in dozens of films and television shows, has died. He was 57.
Negron had parts in movies such as "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "The Last Boy Scout," "Better Off Dead," and "Angels in the Outfield," and had a prolific TV career, with stints on series including "Friends," "ER," "Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Falcon Crest," "The Hughleys," "Nash Bridges," and "Wizards of Waverly Place." He was also an accomplished stand-up comedian and painter.
Negron famously described himself as "that guy," referencing his prolific career and the numerous times he'd be recognized from one of his many projects by fans. (The A.V. Club has a more in-depth look at Negron's expansive career here.)
- Katie Roberts
See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos)
“May he rest in peace,” Chuck said. “I just wanted all you people who knew him and loved him to know that he just passed.”
Negron, a Glendale, California-raised performer who studied acting at UCLA, began his acting »
- Greg Gilman
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