10 items from 2015
Sarpong died after jumping off a bridge in Pasadena, Calif., according to E! News. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has ruled his death a suicide, with an autopsy pending.
“It is with great sadness that the family of Samuel Sarpong, Jr. must share the news that Sam has passed away,” said his publicist in a statement. “The circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation and no additional details are known at this time. Information about final arrangements will be forthcoming. The family appreciates the thoughts prayers and other expressions of sympathy, and request their privacy be respected at this extremely difficult time.”
“[Sarpong] had a pure heart and always went out of his way to help others,” his rep, J.D. Sobol, told Variety. “We will all miss him dearly. »
- Alex Stedman
Wgbh has hired former Sesame Workshop executive Terry Fitzpatrick as VP for Children’s Education and Media. He succeeds Brigid Sullivan who, after 35 years with the Boston public broadcaster, is retiring and transitioning to a senior adviser role at the end of the year. The moves were announced today by Wgbh President Jonathan Abbott. In his new role, Fitzpatrick will be responsible for overseeing Wgbh's children's series produced in Boston and seen nationally on PBS, as… »
Rizzoli and Isles
TNT has renewed its long-running cop procedural "Rizzoli and Isles" for a seventh season which will kick off next Summer. The new order is for an abbreviated thirteen episodes, down from the eighteen ordered for the currently airing sixth season.
Despite the cutback, there's no talk of the show's seventh season being its last with the cast expected to renegotiate contracts for season seven. The series ranks as TNT's second-most-watched show in history, behind only "The Closer," and ranks as one of basic cable's top five series amongst total viewers. [Source: The Live Feed]
"Star Trek: Voyager" and "Boston Public" alum Jeri Ryan is set to guest star in the upcoming fourth season of The CW's "Arrow". Ryan will play Queen family friend Jessica Danforth, an original character with political ambitions that will make her a target of a formidable antagonist.
- Garth Franklin
RelatedArrow Season 4: Baron Blitzkrieg Cast for Oliver’s Next Flashback Arc
Per AccessHollywood.com, the actress will appear in Episode 2, titled “The Candidate,” as Jessica Danforth, a friend of the Queen family.
As teased in Ask Ausiello, the character is vying to be the new mayor and is a longtime pal of Moira’s; as such, she was once close with Oliver and Thea. Her political ambitions will make her a target for a menacing antagonist.
RelatedArrow Casts Mr. Terrific and Anarky
Ryan’s many, »
After helping many a teenage lad through their formative years as Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager back in the day, Access Hollywood reports that the lovely Jeri Ryan will guest star on the CW's Arrow. It seems she'll play a character created just for the show (unless some of you DC Comics fans know differently?) named Jessica Danforth, who the site describe as "a friend of the Queen family. Her political ambitions will place her in the crosshairs of a menacing antagonist." Ryan has also appeared on the likes of Boston Public (2001–04), Dark Skies (1997) and the legal drama series, Shark. She's set to make her debut in the second episode of Arrow's fourth season, "The Candidate", which will air on October 14. »
The hourlong drama pilot is described as a sweeping examination of the often baffling, sometimes unexpected but ultimately heart-wrenching ways love and human connection can be found today through a vast web of seemingly unconnected people.
“Jason is one of the most gifted writers working in television or any other medium, and we are thrilled that he will be bringing his unique storytelling talents to HBO,” announced Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Chicago – Golf and gambling go together like the 19th hole and tall tales. The green grass of the course isn’t the same without a little wagering, and the new film ‘The Squeeze’ – written and directed by Terry Jastrow – follows the game from small town America to the big stage of Las Vegas.
The film boasts an all-star cast, and is co-produced by Oscar nominee Anne Archer. The excellent character actor Michael Nouri, the steady Christopher McDonald and the very funny Katherine Lanasa are joining forces with newcomers Jeremy Sumpter and Jillian Murray. The odyssey of a young hot prospect and two gambling legends – based on a true story – are teed up to create a viable comedy about colorful characters, the essence of the links and who-will-outdo-who on the fairway and in the rough of life.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Sorry, Mr. Secretary, but the king's funeral is no excuse. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Saudi Arabia with President Obama and the First Lady to attend the funeral of King Abdullah when winter storm Juno dumped about two feet of snow outside Kerry's brownstone back home in Boston. The white stuff sat in a pristine pile on his Beacon Hill sidewalk for two days. After Kerry was "snow shamed" by a camera-wielding Bostonian posting a citizen complaint online, the city slapped Kerry with a $50 fine on Thursday morning. By Thursday evening, the sidewalks were clear. "Diplomats - they're just like us. »
- Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
NBC on Friday gave pilot orders to three drama projects, including a mystery from Arrow/The Flash/Supergirl producer Greg Berlanti (pictured) and a fallen-angel tale from husband-wife duo Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.
Berlanti’s Blindspot begins with a beautiful woman, covered in a “road map” of tattoos, discovered naked in Times Square. Her mysterious ink sends the FBI on an intense journey which, ultimately, reveals her true identity.
In addition, NBC ordered:
* Unveiled, which follows a team of “flawed” guardian angels, all desperate to restore their faith as »
NBC has ordered two more drama pilots, bringing its total to eight dramas for the 2015-16 season.
“Unveiled” comes from power producing couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. The one-hour drama follows an ensemble of “flawed guardian angels” who attempt to restore faith and save the lives of those who find themselves facing crises. Burnett and Downey serve as exec producers, alongside John Sakmar (“Boston Public”) and Kerry Lenhart (“The Glades,” “Psych,” “Boston Public”), who will also pen the pilot. Universal Television and Lightworks Media will produce.
The net also ordered medical soap “Heart Matters” from “Private Practice” star Amy Brenneman, who will exec produce with Brad Silberling and Jill Gordon (“My So-Called Life,” “The Wonder Years”). The series follows a talented female heart transplant surgeon who »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
10 items from 2015
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