15 items from 2016
David Semel has been brought onboard to direct the pilot episode of the Bryan Fuller-produced upcoming "Star Trek" TV series set for CBS All Access in the U.S., Space in Canada and Netflix around the rest of the world.
Semel's hiring gives the project a very experienced hand behind-the-scenes. Having directed TV episodes of shows like "Buffy," "Angel," "Dawson's Creek" and "The Practice" in the 1990s, Semel has been responsible for the pilot episodes of numerous series - "The Man in the High Castle," "Heroes," "Person of Interest," "Madam Secretary," "Code Black," "Legends," and "Intelligence". He's also worked on shows ranging from "Homeland" to "House" to "CSI" to "The Strain" to the Fuller-produced "Hannibal".
Semel joins a list of directors that also includes "Cube" helmer Vincenzo Natali who also previously worked with Fuller on "Hannibal". More details about the new series are expected to be revealed at tomorrow's »
- Garth Franklin
Camryn Manheim (Person of Interest, The Practice), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Alexandra Grey (Transparent, When We Rise) are set to guest star in the second season of CBS medical drama series Code Black. The three will appear in an episode titled “Life and Limb.” Manheim will play Alice, the emotionally distraught wife of a truck driver who is injured in a horrific accident. Roberts will portray Vince Savetti, Mario’s (Ben… »
Prolific TV and film character actor Stuart Nisbet has died at the age of 82. Nisbet died on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, California. If you watched TV before 2002, you have seen Mr. Nisbet. The first TV series credit on his IMDb profile is for a 1960 episode of The Tab Hunter Show. The last is for a 2001 episode of The Practice.Between that, Nisbet appeared on every TV show from Route 66 (1961), to Hazel (1963-64), to Dr. Kildare (1961-66), The Monkees (1967), Get Smart (1966-69), The Virginian (1962-69), Bonanza (1961-72), Columbo (1972-73), The Six Million Dollar Man (1974-77), Barnaby Jones (1973-80), Quincy M.E. (1980-81), Baywatch (1991), and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1997).Read More… »
Anton Yelchin, who plays Chekov in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek film franchise and on TV played son to Hank Azaria’s Huff, was found dead on Sunday after getting pinned between his car and his home’s security gate. He was 27.
According to TMZ, which first reported the news (since confirmed by the Associated Press), Yelchin’s body was found by friends at 1 am in the morning, after he was a no-show for a rehearsal. His body was pinned between the car, its engine in neutral and still running, and a mailbox attached to his San Fernando Valley home’s security gate, »
Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the new Star Trek movies, was killed in a car accident in Los Angeles early Sunday, according to multiple reports. He was 27. The actor, an only child, is survived by his parents. Yelchin was born in 1989 in the former Soviet Union in what is now Russia. He and his parents, professional figure skaters, emigrated to the United States when he was a baby. He made his onscreen acting debut in 2000 in an episode of ER. He went on to star in films such as Hearts in Atlantis and Alpha Dog and shows such as The Practice, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Huff before being cast as engineer Pavel Chekov, known as just Chekov, in the 2009 Star Trek »
Dwight Yoakam and Harold Perrineau have joined the cast of the Goliath TV show at Amazon. The original drama series comes from David E. Kelley and was previously known as Trial. Yoakam played Lyle Chumley on Under the Dome, which was cancelled last summer after three seasons on CBS. Fans of ABC's Lost probably still hear echoes of Perrineau, as Michael Dawson, yelling, "Waaaaaaalllt!"
Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello, Molly Parker, and Ever Carradine were previously cast. Goliath is written by Ally McBeal's David E. Kelley and The Practice's Jonathan Shapiro. Kelley, Shapiro, and Ross Fineman are executive prodcuing, with Parenthood's Larry Trilling. Madam Secretary's David Semel is directing.
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Twenty years after their Oscar-winning Sling Blade, Dwight Yoakam and Billy Bob Thornton are pairing on screen again. The country icon is the newest addition to the cast of Goliath, a straight-to-series drama for Amazon Prime with Thornton in one of its lead roles.
Yoakam will play the leader of a huge aerospace company defended by the law firm at the center of Goliath. Thornton and fellow Hollywood legend William Hurt play two of the firm's partners in what's described as "the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st century American legal system. »
At&T’s Audience Network has given David E. Kelley’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes a straight-to-series order, according to THR, and it has also been revealed that Anton Yelchin and Brendan Gleeson are set to star in the 10-episode series.
Yelchin (Green Room, 2011’s Fright Night) will play psychotic killer Brady Hartsfield, aka Mr. Mercedes, and Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow, 28 Days Later) will portray Detective Bill Hodges, a man who emerges from retirement to try and put an end to Hartsfield’s reign of terror by any means necessary.
DirecTV and At&T Uverse will debut the 10-episode series in 2018. Based on King’s 2014 novel, the show will be executive produced by David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, The Practice) and Jack Bender (who also served as an executive producer on the TV adaptation of King’s Under the Dome). Kelley is also lined up be the »
- Derek Anderson
Midway through the penultimate episode of The Good Wife, Julianna Margulies' Alicia Florrick is presented with evidence of yet another one of her husband Peter's infidelities. Alicia, who's long been secretly estranged from Peter, is unfazed by the news, viewing it simply as useful to his defense in a corruption trial, until she notices that the man who brought it to her — rival lawyer Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) — seems disappointed by her lack of emotion. "Were you wanting me to cry, Mr. Canning?" she asks, before screwing her face up like Lucille Ball's and pretending to sob as she wails, "Oh my god, I thought my husband no longer cheated!" As Alicia's expression reverts to its familiar blankness, an impressed Canning admits, "God, I love you." "I know," Alicia replies. That moment was striking not only because it was one of the few genuinely entertaining moments in »
- Alan Sepinwall
The film premieres Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival’s television-oriented “Tune In” program. The film’s second Tribeca screening on April 18 will be followed by a panel discussion with Nimoy, Zachary Quinto, “For the Love of Spock” producer David Zappone and critic Scott Mantz.
Adam Nimoy raised $662,640 last spring through a Kickstarter campaign to complete the documentary.
The project is aimed at celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek,” which aired for the first time on Sept. 8, 1966. Quinto, who portrayed Spock in the two latest “Star Trek” films, is narrating the doc.
Adam Nimoy broke into show business as an »
- Dave McNary
Emmy award winning TV director Alex Graves has finally hashed out a divorce settlement with his wife of 19 years ... and the split was pretty much even-steven. Wife Sarah got half of the income from all his shows ... a pretty penny since Alex's resume boasts 2 Emmy wins for "The West Wing" and episodes of "Game of Thrones." His credits also include stints behind the lens on "The Practice," "Fringe," "Ally McBeal," and "Shameless." That's not all »
- TMZ Staff
What is wrong with you people? Yesterday, I heard that CBS might not renew Supergirl for a second year, which generally happens to a television show because not many people are watching it and so I ask again, what is wrong with you? It’s not like you’ve got anything better to do with your Monday evenings! I could tell you that as this is being typed, in a few hours, Supergirl will deliver to your screens a first. (Well, actually a second, but we’ll get to that.) But you won’t read this until four days from now – unless you’re too busy to read it! – and by then what I’m about to reveal will be history. The way you young people reckon time, ancient history.
Well, fudge. I’ll reveal it anyway. The current episode of CBS’s Maid of Might entertainment will feature a crossover! »
- Dennis O'Neil
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In Sebastian, which is inspired by Maniscalco’s life and is being exec-produced by Greg Garcia’s (My Name Is Earl) shingle, the Who’s the Boss? alum will play the opinionated, old-school Italian father of the title character.
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CBS and The CW have acquired pilot scripts from veteran producer Jeffrey Kramer (“Ally McBeal,” “The Practice”), Variety has learned. Both projects hail from CBS Studios where Kramer has an overall deal with his Juniper Place Productions banner.
CBS has nabbed the pilot script for “Strike Force,” a procedural drama inspired by the life of DEA agent Chris Giovino, centering around a specialized task force comprised of intelligence officers from multiple federal agencies who go after the worst criminals in the country.
The pilot is set in the 1970s, where a young “B movie” studio head on the brink of ruin hires a talented aspiring female »
- Laura Prudom
The third season renewal, announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., comes ahead of the second season premiere, which is next week on Jan. 13.
Hailing from creator Darren Star, “Younger” stars Sutton Foster, Hillary Duff, Debi Mazar, Nico Tortorella, Miriam Shor, Molly Bernard, Peter Hermann and Dan Amboyer, who were all at TCA when the renewal announcement was made.
“‘Younger’ was a critical success and fan favorite right out of the gate, and Darren Star and his team of writers have brought an even sexier, shocking sophomore season to the table,” said Keith Cox, exec vice president of development and original programming at TV Land. “We’re thrilled with the show and what it’s done for the network, and »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
15 items from 2016
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