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ABC Buys Mandeville TV Dramas From Jason Richman & Gemma Burgess

ABC has bought two projects from studios-based Mandeville TV — police drama Safe Harbor from Detroit 1-8-7 creator Jason Richman, and business start-up drama Mavericks from Brooklyn Girls author Gemma Burgess. Both projects are executive produced by Mandeville TV’s David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks. Richman is returning to the cop beat with Safe Harbor, moving from Motor City, where his ABC series Detroit 1-8-7 was set, to Los Angeles. Written and executive…
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Viola Davis, Julius Tennon’s Production Company to Adapt Acclaimed Novel ‘Girls Like Us’ (Exclusive)

Viola Davis and husband Julius Tennon’s company, JuVee Productions, is partnering with EveryWhere Studios to produce a movie adaptation of Rachel Lloyd’s critically acclaimed novel “Girl’s Like Us.”

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale” is Lloyd’s true story about falling prey to the world of commercial sex exploitation and escaping to dedicate her life to fight that very industry.

“Viola and I are thrilled to work with the team at EveryWhere Studios,” Tennons said. “We’re moved by Rachel’s story and impressed by her commitment to helping these girls find their voice and changing the narrative on how society views them.”

Lloyd is an author and activist as well as the founder and executive director of Gems, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, which she began when she was just 23 years old and newly transplanted to New York. Through
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PTC Urges ‘SNL’ to Be ‘Mindful’ of the F-Bombs for 8:30pm West Coast Airings

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PTC Urges ‘SNL’ to Be ‘Mindful’ of the F-Bombs for 8:30pm West Coast Airings
Mind the f–ks, please. That’s pretty much the Parents Television Council’s message to NBC over the network’s decision to try out airing “Saturday Night lIve” live coast-to-coast. For the first time in its history, “Saturday Night Live” will air at 8:30 p.m. Pt, as opposed to tape-delayed. That’s got Tim Winter a bit concerned. “With NBC’s announcement that the entire nation will be watching the same live performance over its final four weeks, we are calling on NBC to be mindful that its one broadcast feed will air outside the ‘Safe Harbor’ for
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Behind the Scenes With Sarah Hyland and Julianne Hough on Golden Globes Night

It's all in the details! Celebrity stylist Anita Patrickson was one busy woman on Sunday. Not only did she dress two attendees, Modern Family's Sarah Hyland and Before Midnight's Julie Delpy, but she also had to get Julianne Hough ready for the afterparties. The Safe Harbor star ended up rocking a black Emilio Pucci gown—LBDs dominated the post-Globes events—but it was her jewelry that was really eye-catching. Hough sported an elaborate combo of seven different rings on her hands. "We wanted to have a little fun and do something a bit different! All the bugs on her fingers were so fun to place and figure out what to put where," Patrickson shares with E! News...
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PTC slams CBS for Super Bowl f-bomb: 'Enough is enough'

A TV watchdog group is going after CBS for airing the f-word during Sunday’s Super Bowl telecast.

The Parents Television Council is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to take action against the broadcaster after Baltimore Ravens quarterback and Super Bowl Xlvii Mvp Joe Flacco threw out an enthusiastic profanity while enjoying his team’s victory.

“This is f–king awesome!” the Super Bowl Mvp exclaimed while hugging teammate Marshal Yanda after the game. The expletive was captured by a nearby microphone and aired live on CBS.

“Despite empty assurance after empty assurance from the broadcast networks that they would never air indecent material,
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NCIS, Ep. 10.04, “Lost at Sea”: Intriguing premise let down by mild execution

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NCIS, Season 10, Episode 4: “Lost at Sea”

Written by Christopher J. Waild

Directed by Tony Wharmby

Airs Tuesdays at 8pm (Et) on CBS

Season X continues its run with the return of Diane Neal as the Coast Guard’s equivalent of Leroy Jethro Gibbs, agent Abigail Borin, the “other Abby”.

The case of the week focuses on the disappearance of a helicopter and its crew. NCIS is called in for a joint investigation with Cgis when the flight crew, with the exception of the pilot, reemerge having spent days at sea stranded on a dinghy. Borin’s people have no luck finding a wreckage, but McGee and Tony manage to recover the body of the missing pilot, apparently killed from a gunshot wound. With the mobile crime scene unavailable for forensic analysis, the team must determine if the accident was caused by a treacherous passenger or if the pilot himself was to blame.
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NCIS Scoop: Svu's Diane Neal Says She'll Be Back as Agent Borin

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NCIS Scoop: Svu's Diane Neal Says She'll Be Back as Agent Borin
To those who, when I reported on Diane Neal guesting on USA Network’s Suits, hoped that the actress would also return to NCIS…. well, this is for you.

Speaking with TVLine at Tuesday night’s Thirst Gala event in Los Angeles (honoring those committed to ending the global water crisis), Neal said that she is in talks to once again reprise her role as Special Agent Abigail Borin, during the CBS megahit’s upcoming Season 10. (CBS was unable to confirm the casting as of Tuesday evening.)

Related | NCIS Upgrades Brian Dietzen to Series Regular for Season 10

First and foremost a Law & Order: Svu vet,
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Exclusive: Safe House Blu-ray Featurette

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Exclusive: Safe House Blu-ray Featurette
We have an exclusive featurette from the Blu-ray and DVD release Safe House. Take a look at this behind-the-scenes video featuring Ryan Reynolds reacting to Denzel Washington's brutal waterboarding scene.

Safe House - Exclusive Drowning Scene Featurette

Tobin Frost (Oscar winner Denzel Washington), one of the CIA's most dangerous traitors, resurfaces in South Africa after eluding capture for almost a decade. During his interrogation, the safe house is attacked by brutal mercenaries forcing rookie agent, Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) to take the infamous Frost on the run. As the masterful manipulator toys with his reluctant prot&#233g&#233, shaking the young operative's morality and idealism, the unlikely allies must fight to stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them both dead. Packed with intense action and thrilling suspense, Safe House takes you on a deadly ride through a covert world where no one and no place is ever safe.
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Giveaway: Win Safe House on Blu-ray

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Giveaway: Win Safe House on Blu-ray
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is releasing Safe House on Blu-ray and DVD June 5, which stars Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. We have a contest lined up where our readers can win copies of this Blu-ray to add to their collection, along with Usb flash drives. These high-def discs will go fast, so enter this giveaway today.

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Tobin Frost (Oscar winner Denzel Washington), one of the CIA's most dangerous traitors, resurfaces in South Africa after eluding capture for almost a decade. During his interrogation, the safe house is attacked by brutal mercenaries forcing rookie agent, Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Safe House

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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Despite mixed reviews from critics, Safe House scored a tidy $122.6 million at the box office. Of course, the action movie does have Denzel Washington (Unstoppable) and Ryan Reynolds (The Change-Up).

Washington plays rogue CIA operative Tobin Frost, who escapes from bad guys into the hands of the American government. He’s taken to a safe house for questioning and young CIA agent Matt Weston (Reynolds) is charged with looking after him. But when the safe house is compromised, Reynolds goes on the run with Frost and must figure out who he can trust.

Rated R, the movie was directed by Daniel Espinosa (Outside Love) and stars Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), Brendan Gleeson (The Guard), Sam Shepard (Days of Heaven) and Robert Patrick (Cop Land).

Both the Blu-ray and DVD are packed with special features:

featurette “Making Safe House,
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Safe House On Blu-ray. Combo Pack with UltraViolet. and Digital Copy, DVD & On Demand June 5, 2012

A rogue CIA operative is targeted for assassination and an idealistic rookie agent must prove himself by keeping them both alive in the exhilarating and explosive action-thriller Safe House, available June 5, 2012 on Blu-ray. Combo Pack with UltraViolet. and Digital Copy and DVD as well as On Demand from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Two-time Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington (Training Day, Unstoppable) andRyan Reynolds (The Change-Up, Green Lantern) star as unlikely allies up against an unknown enemy in an adrenaline-pumping game of cat and mouse.

Washington and Reynolds are joined by an impressive roster of actors including Academy Award® nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed), Brendan Gleeson ( Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, The Guard), Academy Award®-nominee Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Ruben Blades (All the Pretty Horses, Once Upon a Time in Mexico ), Nora Arnezeder
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NCIS Round Table: "Safe Harbor"

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Our official NCIS review broke down Tuesday's episode in great detail.

Now, TV Fanatic staff members Steve Marsi, Matt Richenthal and Eric Hochberger have assembled for a weekly Round Table Q&A discussion of events from "Safe Harbor."

Join in below, as we analyze various aspects of the team's adventures ...

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What was your general take on this episode?

Steve: I loved it, as I have most of Season 9 so far. NCIS just keeps rolling. "Safe Harbor," like previous weeks, was loaded with great character moments, both touching and funny. Despite a couple of holes in the mystery, it was a typically strong installment, well-written and acted by this perennially underrated cast.

Matt: Terrific guest appearances by Shohreh Aghdashloo and Diane Neal. Decent enough plot, but not the best; Made up for with plenty of laughs and heart, however

Eric: Not quite as good as "Enemy on the Hill," but that was hard to top,
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NCIS Episode Preview: Meet Ducky's New Girlfriend ...

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The promo for the next new NCIS promises an episode so compelling you can't turn it off.

Most NCIS fans don't turn any episodes off, especially when they're as good as recent weeks (see our review of "Safe Harbor" from last night), but next Tuesday's plot, in which a case is re-classified from accidental death to murder when evidence reveals a Navy lieutenant died of forced over-hydration, does sound unique.

More importantly, Cheryl Ladd guest stars as Ducky's new love interest. First Lily Tomlin and now one of Charlie's Angels. Dr. Mallard is definitely doing well for himself in the dating department.

Check out a photo of them below and click here for next week's NCIS promo ...
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NCIS Considers Offering Safe Harbor

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NCIS Considers Offering Safe Harbor

NCIS teams up with Coast Guard investigator Abigail Borin (Diane Neal) when a Coast Guard petty officer is shot dead aboard what was thought to have been an abandoned ship floating toward Norfolk Naval Station.

Safe Harbor” focused on a Lebanese family–a husband, wife, and two sons–found in one of the ship’s compartments. At first, they claimed to have sought passage from the ship’s crew, but it was soon determined they four had been the only people aboard for a week. The United States’ immigration policies generated much of the episode’s tension. Some would say the family should have been granted asylum right away, that the U.S. should provide to all the freedom for which it stands. The episode challenged that notion by identifying the father as a former terrorist bomber.

So “Safe Harbor” was a classic shell game:
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NCIS Review: Searching For the Next Mrs. Gibbs

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Who is the perfect woman for Leroy Jethro Gibbs?

Much of this week's NCIS was amusingly dedicated to this very topic, with the team motivated by two factors to find that elusive female. They believe Gibbs is lonely and they like their boss a lot, sure. But they're also just working absurd hours lately and feel he needs something to occupy his time.

With Tony heading the search committee (obviously), this plot was introduced during the opening credits of "Safe Harbor", along with a head-scratcher of a case that gave NCIS and Cgis joint jurisdiction.

The Coast Guard's Gibbs equivalent, Abby Borin (Diane Neal), is always fun to watch interact with the team, and was obviously a top-tier candidate right away as far as Dinozzo was concerned.

Like Dinozzo, I would be all about Team Bibbs if they decided to give it a shot, but she negged that idea from the start.
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NCIS Episode Preview: Who is Gibbs' Ideal Woman?

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When a coast guard officer is gunned down on a cargo vessel, NCIS searches for the killer, putting the agents smack in the middle of a deadly terrorist plot and an international diplomatic quagmire.

That's coming up next week on NCIS, as Gibbs teams with Cgis investigate a murder and in the process uncover a family seeking political asylum. Working with Cgis, of course, means Abby's back.

Not Abby Scuito, the focal point of last night's outstanding episode (see our NCIS review from earlier), but Special Agent Abigail Borin, the redheaded, Cgis Gibbs counterpart played by Diane Neal.

Also intriguing? CBS' official press release for the episode says that "Tony and McGee try and find the perfect woman for Gibbs." What do you think that entails exactly - and is it next Tuesday yet?

Here's a promo for "Safe Harbor," in which SecNav Jarvis (Matt Craven) returns as well:

NCIS
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Alien at Large Lands at Platinum Studios

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Platinum Studios, Inc., an entertainment company that controls an international library of more than 5,000 comic book characters which it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media, and Practical Pictures, producer of the American Pie and Final Destination franchises, announced today that they are jointly developing the Platinum Studios graphic novel Alien At Large as a feature film.

Platinum's Chairman and CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg produced this summer's tentpole feature, Cowboys & Aliens. Practical Pictures -- comprised of partners Craig Perry and Sheila Hanahanr -- is currently in production for Universal Pictures on American Reunion, a new theatrical chapter of the American Pie franchise featuring the original cast. Practical Pictures also produced this summer's Final Destination 5, to be released on August 12th, 2011 via Warner Bros. and New Line.

Alien At Large tells the story of Earth's first interstellar ambassador, who is not the brightest star in the galaxy. Although he means well,
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Ted Williams -- Back at Rehab, But Not In Rehab

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Ted Williams returned to a rehab facility this weekend -- not to check himself back in, but to visit his girlfriend. As we first reported, Ted left the Origins Recovery Center in South Texas against doctor's orders last week. Sources close to Williams tell TMZ he went to visit his girlfriend at the Safe Harbor facility in Costa Mesa, CA on Saturday. We're told Teddy rolled up with two bodyguards and only stayed about 30 minutes.
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'Golden Voice' Ted Williams Bails on Rehab

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Ted Williams -- the homeless man with the " Golden Voice " -- has left rehab against medical advice, less than two weeks after checking in for drug and alcohol dependency ... TMZ has learned. Our sources say Ted -- who decided to go to rehab earlier this month after a taping of the Dr. Phil show -- left the Origins Recovery Center in South Texas moments ago and is on his way to the airport. Ted's girlfriend
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Google/YouTube v. Viacom: Safe Harbors and the New Police

By now you probably know that Google won the most recent round of its legal battle with Viacom (which initially sued YouTube, now owned by Google). A federal district court judge in New York issued a summary judgment that dismisses the $1 billion claim of infringement against postings on YouTube that were, in the opinion of Viacom, infringing on their copyrights. It’s an opinion worth reading. If you are a legal wonk, then you will appreciate the succinct manner in which Judge Stanton weaves together the holdings of previous Dmca cases. (I’ll post another article for legal wonks but here’s a hint: The Coase Theorem.) The judge bought the argument that Google made—namely, that it was protected under the “Safe Harbor” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act from the copyright infringement claims made by Viacom. More important, Judge Stanton said that YouTube’s actions demonstrated that
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