11 items from 2016
He quickly caught up on the country-music drama, which will have its official Season 5 premiere on Cmt in January after ABC cancelled it in May. The verdict? “I felt that this was potentially an amazing show,” the executive producer tells TVLine — but the action unfolded way too quickly.
“It followed a template which is a kind of storytelling that I don’t know how to do, »
We all have them. Families.
Whether they're abundant and generations are still in existence or if there are only a couple of you who make your world go around, odds are somewhere, someplace, there's someone you'd probably like to hide from on the holidays!
In the '70s and '80s it was difficult not to find a family's drama on television, but in the 2000s family drama got kicked aside for more violent pursuits. There may be families, but first there was a crime or a crime family. It became all about law and order.
This list isn't about mob families, or procedural dramas that feature families, but about shows where the family comes first.
One interesting note, though, is that six of these series feature the natural or accidental death of a loved one near the beginning to kick the drama into high gear. Nothing like death to bring a family together. »
- Carissa Pavlica
To paraphrase Shakespeare: Oh brave new-but-kinda-old world, that has such creatures in it!
The premiere of HBO’s Westworld introduces us to a slightly futuristic world where people can slap down serious cash in order to frolic in a vast amusement park full of androids. The setting is the American Old West, which means that well-heeled patrons can have their fill of saloon girls, town-square shootouts and the like. Oh, and the androids don’t know they’re androids, or that they’re controlled by a team of scientists located in a futuristic hub near the park. They merely believe »
The 10-episode first season of the Roadies TV show premiered on Showtime, June 26, 2016. Executive producer Winnie Holzman talks about the possibilities a second season of Roadies might bring. Holzman previously worked on TV series including Huge, which was cancelled after one season on ABC Family (now Freeform), Once and Again, which was cancelled after one season on ABC, and My So-Called Life which was also cancelled after one season on the Alphabet Network.A musical comedy drama series from Cameron Crowe, the Roadies TV series has yet to be renewed for season two. The cast includes: Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, Colson Baker, and Ron White.Read More… »
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The series, which is loosely based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name, is a dystopian western amid the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), Thandie Newton (Rogue), James Marsden (30 Rock), Evan Rachel Wood (Once and Again) and Ed Harris (The Rock) star.
The 10-episode first season, which »
Westworld‘s gates will open right around the time kids head back to school this year, HBO announced Thursday.
The western/theme park/sci-fi drama will make its debut this fall, despite needing to take a two-month break at the beginning of the year so the writing team could finish the season’s last four scripts. The series is loosely based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name. Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire),Thandie Newton (Rogue), James Marsden (30 Rock), Evan Rachel Wood (Once and Again) and Ed Harris (The Rock) star.
"Castle"'s cancellation seems especially shocking in light of recent dramatic events -- behind the scenes, that is. The series infamously booted co-lead Stana Katic last month, telling her she would not be coming back should the show receive a season nine renewal. Fellow original cast member Tamala Jones was also given her walking papers; the moves were seen as a cost-cutting measure, in the hopes that saving some money (and gearing up for a shorter, 13-episode season nine) would ensure renewal.
But apparently new ABC head honcho Channing Dungey is opting for a fresh start in her recently-assumed role, and that means making some big changes at the network. According to Deadline, "Castle" shot an alternate season eight ending that could »
- Katie Roberts
It’s like the Kenny Rogers song says: You’ve gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em. So when the Powers That Yeehaw at ABC’s Nashville took stock of the country-music series’ slowly but steadily ebbing ratings over the past three seasons, they made a change: bringing in Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz as co-showrunners, who will take over for a departing Dee Johnson if the show is renewed.
Herskovitz and Zwick are an offbeat — though, in my opinion, inspired — choice for the Connie Britton-led series, which has struggled to nail down its identity »
Last night, an odd bit of TV news popped up: according to TVLine, thirtysomething creators Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick have been hired to run the fifth season of Nashville. Now, first Nashville has to be officially renewed for a fifth season, which may be harder than it seems now that the show's biggest fan, Paul Lee, is no longer running ABC. But assuming it comes back with HerskoZwick at the helm, it'd be among the weirder showrunner transitions in TV history. Now, series change showrunners all the time. Dee Johnson, whom the thirtysomething guys would be succeeding, was already a replacement for Jim Parriott, who was himself brought in because Nashville creator Callie Khouri hadn't run her own show before. Sometimes, new showrunners come from within, like The Walking Dead's transition from Frank Darabont to Glen Mazzara to Scott Gimple, or L.A. Law staff writer David E. Kelley »
- Alan Sepinwall
“Nashville” will see new showrunners come aboard if the ABC drama is renewed, Variety has learned.
Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, whose credits include “My So-Called Life” and “Thirtysomething,” have signed on to join for a possible fifth season. They would replace outgoing showrunner Dee Johnson.
Herskovitz and Zwick signed a first-look deal last fall with Lionsgate Televiosion, which produces “Nashville.” They would join the show only if it nets another season from ABC. The network renewed 15 shows earlier this month, but “Nashville” was not one of them. The series, starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, joins “The Muppets,” “Agent Carter,” “Castle,” “Dr. Ken,” “Last Man Standing,” “Galavant” and “American Crime” as shows still awaiting word from ABC on their futures.
“Nashville” returned from hiatus last week, drawing a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 in Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers and 4.3 million total viewers, up one tenth of a point from its midseason finale. »
- Daniel Holloway
Rayna James’ so-called country life is heading in a surprising new direction.
TV vets Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick (My So-Called Life, thirtysomething) have inked a deal to take over as Nashville‘s new showrunners in the very likely event ABC renews the bubble drama for Season 5, TVLine has learned exclusively. The duo would replace current showunner Dee Johnson, who is expected to depart at the conclusion of Nashville‘s current fourth season.
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11 items from 2016
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