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Maria Bello to Co-Star Opposite Billy Bob Thornton in Amazon’s Legal Drama ‘Trial’

26 August 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Maria Bello will co-star opposite Billy Bob Thornton in Amazon Studios’ series “Trial,” Variety has learned. The legal drama hails from from David E. Kelley, creator of “The Practice,” “Boston Legal” and “Ally McBeal.”

Bello will play attorney Julie McBride, the ex-wife to Thornton’s character Billy McBride, a once-respectable lawyer who was ousted from the high-profile firm he co-founded.

Beautiful, brilliant, accomplished, Julie is successful in her career — she is a co-founding partner at a firm — but her personal life is lacking, as she lost the great love of her life, Billy, and holds him in some contempt for allowing him to derail his life.

Bello also joins William Hurt, who will play Billy McBride’s ex-partner at the firm, plus Olivia Thirlby, who was cast as Lucy Kittridge, a whip-smart, high-powered attorney who’s brilliant but not as seasoned as she pretends to be. Julie (Bello) is the »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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William Hurt, Billy Bob Thornton To Go Straight-To-Series On Amazon

25 August 2015 1:32 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Before it decides which television projects to bring to series, Amazon Studios usually organizes its pilots in competitive seasons, during which viewers can decide which shows they enjoy the most. With its latest pickup, however, Amazon is skipping the public pilot presentation altogether. Variety has reported Amazon’s decision to greenlight Trial, a courtroom drama that will star Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt.

In Trial, Thorton will star as a disgraced attorney who must argue against his former colleague (Hurt) in a wrongful death case. Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Dredd) will appear as a young, prodigious lawyer. David E. Kelley, known for his work on legal dramas like The Practice, Boston Legal, and Ally McBeal, is the series’ creator.

As with other recent series presented by Amazon, Trial is the sort of show that could make some noise come awards season. Both Hurt and Thornton have received nominations at the »

- Sam Gutelle

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William Hurt to Co-Star Opposite Billy Bob Thornton in Amazon’s ‘Trial’ (Exclusive)

24 August 2015 1:36 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

William Hurt will co-star opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the Amazon Studios series “Trial” from David E. Kelley, Variety has learned exclusively.

Trial” follows Billy McBride (Thornton) a once-respectable lawyer who was ousted from the high-profile firm he co-founded. Billy now spends his days getting drunk, with the occasional case tossed his way by his ex-wife. His professional life is turned upside down when a young lawyer, who has just been fired from his old firm, brings a wrongful death case that pits him against the head of his former firm, Attorney Donald Cooper, played by Hurt.

Hurt joins Olivia Thirlby who was just cast in the legal drama from Kelley, creator of “The Practice,” “Boston Legal” and “Ally McBeal.”

Previously announced, Thirlby is playing Lucy Kittridge, a whip-smart, high-powered attorney who’s brilliant, but not as seasoned as she pretends to be.

Kelley co-wrote the pilot with Jonathan Shapiro, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Emmys: History Could Be Made in Hotly Contested Races

24 August 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

This could be a record year for Emmy records.

The award show stars were aligned when the nominations were announced last month, setting up showdowns in a slew of key categories that could result in record-setting wins (or, in a few cases, losses) come Sept. 20.

That includes both of the top series races, where old favorites “Mad Men” and “Modern Family” vie to set new all-time highs in their categories versus buzzy competitors jostling to make their own special mark on Emmy history.

“Modern Family” has claimed the comedy series prize five years running, leaving it tied for most wins with “Frasier,” which accomplished the same feat between 1994 and 1998. If the ABC comedy squeaks out one more victory, it will hold the new record solo.

It’s interesting to note, however, that the show that brought the “Frasier” winning streak to an end was Fox’s zeitgeisty dramedy “Ally McBeal. »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Olivia Thirlby Joins David E. Kelley’s Legal Drama ‘Trial’ on Amazon

20 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Olivia Thirlby has been cast in Amazon’s legal drama “Trial,” Variety has learned. She joins Billy Bob Thornton, who is set to star in the David E. Kelley series.

Trial” follows Billy McBride (Thornton), a once-respectable lawyer who was ousted from the high-profile firm he co-founded. Billy now spends his days getting drunk, with the occasional case tossed his way by his ex-wife, but his professional life is turned upside down when a young lawyer who has just been fired from his old firm brings him a wrongful death case that pits him against the head of his former firm.

Thirlby (“Juno,” “No Strings Attached”) will play Lucy Kittridge, a whip-smart, high-powered attorney who knows what she wants, which is money, sex and respect. Though she’s brilliant, she’s not as seasoned as she pretends to be, which gets her into trouble.

Kelley, who created “The Practice,” “Boston Legal” and “Ally McBeal, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Supergirl’ Producers Defend Title, Tease Additional DC Characters in Season 1

10 August 2015 10:47 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS’ “Supergirl” has received praise for being the first in the latest crop of superhero TV shows to focus on a female lead (played by Melissa Benoist) — and criticism from those unhappy with the connotation of the character’s name and show’s title.

Those behind the show were prepared for such blowback. One of the first clips that was released featured Calista Flockhart’s media mogul Cat Grant offering a fierce takedown of haters not pleased with the moniker “girl.”

“I love that speech. One of the things I love about this show is it’s a real celebration of girl power. I was attracted to this show because it’s something that moms and daughters can watch together,” said Flockhart, who after “Ally McBeal” is no stranger to a debate about feminism, at “Supergirl’s” Television Critics Assn. panel at the Beverly Hilton on Monday.

Greg Berlanti, the »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Famke Janssen Books How to Get Away With Murder Role

31 July 2015 10:03 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Famke Janssen is going from battling the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants to The Keating Five. E! News has confirmed the X-Men star has joined the cast of How to Get Away With Murder, something her X-Men character, Jean Grey, knows a thing or two about if you watched X-Men: The Last Stand. Details on her character are being kept under wraps, but TVLine reports she'll play a revered defense attorney. Something tells us she'll be squaring off against Viola Davis' Annalise Keating at some point. Every guest star needs to go up against Annalise at some point. Look for Janssen to first pop up in the season two premiere. Janssen's other TV rolls include Netflix's Hemlock Grove, Nip/Tuck and Ally McBeal. On »

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The Kids of National Lampoon's 'Vacation' Films -- Where Are They Now?!

28 July 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

It's hard to believe it's been more than 20 years since we first met the Griswolds in National Lampoon's "Vacation." The 1983 original followed Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, an overly enthusiastic dad who just wants to have a fun family trip to Wally World, a California amusement park. Unfortunately, it all goes to hell as they encounter a series of misadventures along the journey. The film sparked a number of sequels, including "European Vacation," "Christmas Vacation" and "Vegas Vacation." Fast forward to 2015, as the latest installment in the hilarious franchise, "Vacation," his theaters today. The new film focuses on a fully-grown (and once again recast) Rusty Griswold, as he takes his own family on a disastrous getaway. Ed Helms is taking over the lead role, Christina Applegate plays his wife and Leslie Mann fills the role of sister Audrey.  Before we welcome the Griswolds back to the big screen, we're taking »

- tooFab Staff

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Billy Bob Thornton To Star In David E. Kelley’s Amazon Drama ‘Trial’

23 July 2015 6:15 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Billy Bob Thornton is set for the lead in Trial, the Amazon Studios drama from The Practice, Ally McBeal and Picket Fences creator David E. Kelley, which is on track for a 10-episode straight-to-series order. Kevin Costner previously had been eyed for the role but talks fell through. David Semel, who has directed the pilots for such series as Heroes, Person Of Interest, Madam Secretary, and most recently, CBS' upcoming Code Black and Amazon's The Man In The High Castle… »

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2015 Pilot First Impressions: CBS’ Supergirl

23 July 2015 8:49 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

To clarify, this article and the ones similar to it that will follow are not reviews of this fall/midseason’s pilots (because pilots can change a lot between now and when they broadcast). These are just my first impressions of the not-for-air network pilots that I have been able to screen. First up: CBS’ Supergirl, which premieres on Monday, Oct. 26, at 8:30 p.m. The Cast: Melissa Benoist (Glee) as Kara Zor-El/Kara Danvers, Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) as Cat Grant, Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy) as Alex Danvers, Mehcad Brooks (True Bloood) as James “Jimmy” Olsen, Jeremy Jordan (Smash) as Winn Schott, and David Harewood (Homeland) as Hank Henshaw My First Impression: Although it’ll air on CBS, Supergirl feels very similar in tone and style to The CW’s The Flash in its first hour, and that’s neither surprising, since both shows come from Greg Berlanti, »

- Chris King

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New cast promotional photos for Supergirl

13 July 2015 2:12 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

CBS has released five new promotional posters from its upcoming DC superhero series Supergirl, showing Melissa Benoist (Whiplash) as Kara Zor-El alongside Mechad Brooks (Necessary Roughness) as Jimmy Olsen, Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) as Cat Grant, Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy) as Alex Danvers and Jeremy Jordan (The Last Five Years) as Winslow Schott…

See Also: Watch the Warner Bros. DC TV panels for Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham and Supergirl

 

See Also: Smallville’s Laura Vandervoort may cameo in Supergirl

Based on the DC Comics character, the drama tells the story of Kara Zor-El, who was born on the planet Krypton, but escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin Superman. But now, at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. »

- Gary Collinson

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Sdcc: Smallville’s Laura Vandervoort may cameo in Supergirl

10 July 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We already know that two DC veterans are set to feature in Supergirl, with Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) and Helen Slater (Supergirl) portraying Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) Earth parents Fred and Eliza Danvers, and now it seems another former Supergirl could make an appearance.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Laura Vandervoort – who played Supergirl onthe long-running Smallville – has suggested that a cameo in the CBS series could be on the cards, with the actress stating that: “Hopefully I get to be a part of it at some point, which is looking good. Hopefully I get to meet [the new Supergirl].”

See Also: New Supergirl teaser released

Supergirl is set to premiere on October 26th and sees Melissa Benoist (Whiplash) leading a cast that also includes Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy) as Alexandra Danvers, Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) as Cat Grant, Laura Benanti (Nashville) as Alura Zor-El, David Harewood (Selfie) as Hank Henshaw, »

- Gary Collinson

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Spock Documentary Tops $600,000 Kickstarter Goal

30 June 2015 5:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leonard Nimoy’s son Adam Nimoy has surpassed the goal of raising $600,000 in funds through a Kickstarter campaign to complete a documentary about his father titled “For the Love of Spock.”

The project is aimed at celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek,” which aired for the first time on Sept. 8, 1966. Zachary Quinto, who portrayed the Spock character in the two latest “Star Trek” films, will narrate the film. David Zappone, the owner and president of Paramount-based 455 Films, will produce.

The campaign launched on June 3 and concludes at 4 p.m. Pdt on Wednesday. With less than 24 hours left, a total of 8,863 backers had pledged $621,721 with Adam Nimoy asking for more funds.

“Rest assured: every dollar raised through this campaign will find its way to funding this film or helping in the promotion and advertising campaign,” he said. “But the more we can raise, the better the end product will be. »

- Dave McNary

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Kevin Costner Walks Away From Amazon Drama ‘Trial’

30 June 2015 5:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

It wasn’t meant to be. After weeks of courtship and a week of negotiations, Kevin Costner has opted not to proceed with Trial, the Amazon Studios drama from The Practice, Ally McBeal and Picket Fences creator David E. Kelley. For a few days, it looked like Costner was well on his way to toplining his first TV series (Amazon has been eyeing a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Trial). But negotiations ultimately unraveled. Word is that Amazon is now moving on… »

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Kevin Costner Enters the TV Game with Amazon's 'The Trial'

27 June 2015 3:40 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Netflix gets most of the press for their streamed original content, but between the excellent "Transparent" and what I've seen thus far from their newly imported arrival "Catastrophe," Amazon's got more than a few aces in their sleeves to place them firmly into the competition. Having Woody Allen on board to make his first-ever television series, as well as producing Spike Lee, Jim Jarmusch and Terry Gilliam's latest movies, is also a big plus. And it looks as though they've got some more good eggs in their basket coming up, as Kevin Costner is in talks to frontline David E. Kelley's ("Ally McBeal," "The Practice," "Boston Legal") latest legal drama "The Trial." Even though Amazon's model consists primarily of letting users decide whether or not a show gets a full-season order based on their pilots, should Costner sign on it would get a straight-to-series order. The two-time Academy »

- Will Ashton

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New trailer for Supergirl TV series

26 June 2015 10:44 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its premiere this October, a new trailer has arrived online for CBS’ upcoming DC TV series Supergirl, which we have for you right here…

Based on the DC Comics character, the drama tells the story of Kara Zor-El, who was born on the planet Krypton, but escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin Superman. But now, at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

Supergirl sees Melissa Benoist (Whiplash) leading a cast that also includes Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy) as Alexandra Danvers, Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) as Cat Grant, Laura Benanti (Nashville) as Alura Zor-El, David Harewood (Selfie) as Hank Henshaw, Mechad Brooks (Necessary Roughness) as Jimmy Olsen, Jeremy Jordan (The Last Five Years) as Winslow Schott, Owain Yeoman (The Mentalist) as Vartox, »

- Gary Collinson

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Kevin Costner Goes To Trial

25 June 2015 5:42 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Having enjoyed a surprisingly success with the small-screen Hatfields & McCoys, Kevin Costner now his his eye on a new television project. He's currently negotiating a starring role in Trial, yet another pilot on its way to production at Amazon Studios for its streaming service. The courtroom drama would see Costner playing Billy McBride, a once powerful lawyer who's now a washed-up alcoholic following a botched murder case and a fall-out with his former partner. But when he brings a case against his old firm, he finds his passion for the law rekindled, and with it his "dry charisma".David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, The Practice) is the brain behind the Trial enterprise, with David Semel (The Man In The High Castle) in the frame to direct. If Costner signs on the line, the pilot will immediately level up to a full ten-episode series. »

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Kevin Costner in Talks to Star in David E. Kelley’s Amazon Legal Drama

25 June 2015 4:11 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Kevin Costner may be headed back to the smallscreen.

Costner is in talks to star in Amazon’s new legal drama from David E. Kelley, Variety has learned. Costner has been in talks for the role for the past few weeks, sources say.

“The Trial” marks one of the biggest shows to date for the streaming service and would be Amazon’s first straight to series order. The site usually allows audiences to watch and provide feedback on what pilots should be ordered to series.

This would also mark Costner’s first-ever regular series. His starred in the History Channel miniseries “Hatfield & McCoys.” Costner will play a reputable-lawyer-turned-alcoholic who’s fired from the high-profile firm he co-founded.

David Semel (“Ally McBeal,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “Madam Secretary”) is rumored to direct the pilot, written by Kelley. Costner would also executive produce. Kelley’s most recent credits include CBS’ “The Crazy Ones. »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Kevin Costner In Talks To Star In David E. Kelley’s Amazon Drama Pilot ‘Trial’

25 June 2015 3:28 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: In what would be a big coup for Amazon, I hear the streaming service is talking to Kevin Costner for the lead in one of its pilots. I’ve learned that the Oscar winner is in negotiations to star in Trial, the Amazon Studios drama from The Practice, Ally McBeal and Picket Fences creator David E. Kelley. With him on board, the project would get a 10-episode straight-to-series order. David Semel, who has directed the pilots for such series as Heroes, Person Of Inter… »

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New poster for Supergirl flies online

11 June 2015 11:59 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following on from the news earlier this week that Supergirl is set to premiere on Monday, October 26th, CBS has continued its marketing push for the DC Comics adaptation with a new poster featuring Melissa Benoist’s Kara Zor-El (although it’s basically just a resized version of the banner we saw last month)…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Supergirl here

Based on the DC Comics character, the drama tells the story of Kara Zor-El, who was born on the planet Krypton, but escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin Superman. But now, at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

Supergirl sees Melissa Benoist (Whiplash) leading a cast that also includes Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy) as Alexandra Danvers, Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) as Cat Grant, »

- Gary Collinson

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