12 items from 2015
When Carlton Cuse was starting out in the business, his office on the Warner Bros. lot was next to that of John Sacret Young, creator of “China Beach.” He spent hours at Young’s side, not only learning the craft of writing for television and features, but also about the process of showrunning. “He was very generous with me,” recalls Cuse. “And I appreciated that.”
That experience — as well as his later partnership with screenwriter Jeffrey Boam (the “Lethal Weapon” movies, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”) — taught him the value of creative collaboration. As he worked his way up through the industry — from “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.” and “Nash Bridges” to the groundbreaking “Lost” — he’s been paying it forward, again and again. The ranks of television’s top producers include many graduates of what Damon Lindelof jokingly calls the Carlton Cuse School of Showrunning: Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. »
- Debra Birnbaum
All the stars of television and film past and present descended upon London’s Olympia this weekend for the annual London Film and Comic Con. One such star was Jodi Lyn O’Keefe. O’Keefe has starred in a variety of different projects over the years including Prison Break, Nash Bridges and most recently The Vampire Diaries. To a select few of us here at Thn though she will always be fame-hungry mean girl Taylor Vaughn in She’s All That.
A little while ago we heard the rumour that reboot plans were in the motion for the 1999 teen classic which saw Freddie Prinze Jr turn social outcast Laney Boggs (Rachel Leigh Cook) into little miss popular. Since that news broke we’ve heard very little, but seized the chance to find out who O’Keefe believe’s could step into her shoes:
There have been rumours about a She’s All That remake… »
- Kat Smith
Television writer and producer Carlton Cuse has had a hand in numerous critically and commercially acclaimed shows over the years, including Nash Bridges, Lost, and Bates Motel. News of his involvement in a series raises a show’s profile for many individuals, and the next series Cuse will be involved in will air on USA Network. With shows such as Suits, Playing House, and Mr. Robot, the channel has garnered its own set of fans, many of whom are interested to see what comes next.
Titled Colony, the show had a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, where it unveiled a trailer for the series. The show reunites Cuse with Lost performer Josh Holloway, who co-stars on the show with Sarah Wayne Callies, Kim Rhodes, and Amanda Righetti. The channel also announced that the show would premiere in the fall, though a formal date was not provided. The trailer can be seen below. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
El Rey Network and Miramax have unveiled the first official trailer from Season 2 of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, which is set to return Tuesday, August 25th at 9 Pm Et. Beginning tonight, Tuesday, July 7th at 8:00 pm Et, fans will get a peek into the new season of from the creative minds behind the series, including Creator and El Rey Network Founder Robert Rodriguez with the special Dusk Returns. The new trailer offers our first look at Danny Trejo, who we reported in March will play The Regulator in Season 2.
The one-hour TV special entitled Dusk Returns contains insights into the character development, storyline, and costume design, as well as a sneak peek at iconic sets, some reimagined from the cult-classic movie of the same name, including the Titty Twister, and new sets and locals as the show travels between Mexico and the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Robert Rodriguez. »
Patrick Fischler across his TV career has been slugged by the very best of them, including Mad Men‘s Don Draper and Lost‘s Sawyer. And this Sunday on Once Upon a Time‘s Season 4 finale, Isaac Heller aka The Author will again be on the receiving end of a punch — though his portrayer won’t reveal from whom.
But based on what’s to come, there’s surely good reason!
RelatedABC’s Once Upon a Time Renewed for Season 5
The ABC drama’s two-hour season ender (airing Sunday at 8/7c) picks up with the Author putting the final touches on Heroes & Villains, »
The Shonda Rhimes Era at ABC continues.
PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to Next Season’s New Shows and Stars
Additionally, ABC picked up The Family, which hails from Scandal/Grey’s Anatomy/Off the Map Ep Jenna Bans, the biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, Gossip Girl Ep Josh Safran’s Quantico and the ’80s-set crime drama Wicked City (Fka L.A. Crime).
The Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project (Fka Boom), centered around the oil industry in North Dakota, »
Don Johnson just struck gold — black gold, to be specific.
RelatedPilot Scoop: Melanie Griffith Lands ‘Queenly’ Role on ABC Comedy
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
12 items from 2015
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