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‘NCIS’ Showrunner Gary Glasberg Dies at 50

‘NCIS’ Showrunner Gary Glasberg Dies at 50
Gary Glasberg, the longtime showrunner of CBS’ “NCIS” and creator of spinoff “NCIS: New Orleans,” died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 50.

CBS said Glasberg died in his sleep.

“Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain. He inspired us with his leadership, his creative instincts and keen insight,” the “NCIS” cast said in a statement. ” ‘NCIS’ will not be the same without him, and each of us will miss his smiling face and unwavering humor, which lifted us every day.”

The New York City native began his career writing comic books and working on animated series for Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros., Disney and Nickelodeon. He segued into drama by the early 1990s, working on the staff of such series as Upn’s “Swift Justice” and “Mercy Point,” CBS’ “L.A. Doctors” and Fox’s “The Street.”

Glasberg’s reputation as a writer-producer grew as he advanced to supervising producer and co-exec producer status on such series as
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Film Review: ‘War Dogs’

Film Review: ‘War Dogs’
War Dogs,” starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill as bushy-tailed geek scoundrels who become Internet arms salesmen, is that rare thing: a based-in-reality movie that gives you a buzz. The film just about tingles with the antic pleasure of seeing people get away with things they shouldn’t. It’s obvious that the director, Todd Phillips, was hugely influenced by the money-rush fever and propulsive shot language of Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and by the orchestrated delirium of David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” — giddy, spinning life-as-a-con-job psychodramas that show you how fraud really works, and that celebrate it, too. (They also condemn it, but only after giving the audience a rough and rowdy good time.)

Phillips borrows the bravura of Scorsese and Russell (who borrowed plenty of Scorsese’s to begin with), but he also makes it his own, merging it with his more casually mirthful,
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Tonight's TV highlights: Julia Bradbury's Canal Walks; The Golden Age Of Canals | The Street That Cut Everything | Strangeways | Gordon's Great Escape | Game Of Thrones | Caprica

Julia Bradbury's Canal Walks; The Golden Age Of Canals | The Street That Cut Everything | Strangeways | Gordon's Great Escape | Game Of Thrones | Caprica

Julia Bradbury's Canal Walks; The Golden Age Of Canals

8.30pm; 9pm, BBC4

An appealing documentary on the history of the UK's man-made waterways since the second world war is preceded by Julia Bradbury's Canal Walks, which this week takes in the Kennet & Avon canal linking Bristol to London. She starts in Bath and heads towards Devizes, via the Caen Hill locks, an incredible feat of Victorian engineering. But her presenting style is too urgent and thrusting for a lovely ambient programme about rambling. It needs a straight Julia-for-John-Craven swap; she's all hi-tech Lycra. Craven would do it in cord slacks and a nice red jumper.

Julia Raeside

The Street That Cut Everything

9pm, BBC1

The residents of a street in Preston are refunded their council tax and challenged
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'Cranford' leads BAFTA's TV nominations

LONDON -- The BBC1 costume drama Cranford led the way with four mentions Tuesday morning as nominations were announced for the April 20 British Academy Television Awards.

Cranford, the ensemble costume drama about life in a rural English village, earned best actress nominations for Judi Dench and Eileen Atkins as well as noms for best drama serial and the Sky+ special award, which is voted on by the public. Other Sky+award nominees are comedy Gavin and Stacey, Strictly Come Dancing and Britain's Got Talent.

Channel 4 is the most-nominated network with 23 mentions, BBC1 was second with 20 noms, ITV had 12, BBC2 earned 11 and the Five channel had one. Among the digital nets, arts channel BBC4 earned five noms, youth channel BBC3 took two and Channel 4 and E4 each received one.

Four first-time nominees make up the best actor category including stage and screen star Anthony Sher, who was recognized for Primo, the stage biopic of Hollocaust survivor and writer Primo Levi. Also nominated are Andrew Garfield for Boy A, Tom Hardy for Stuart: A Life Backwards and Matthew Macfadyen for Secret Life.

In the actress category, Dench and Atkins will vie alongside newcomer Kierston Wareing for Channel 4's It's a Free World and Gina McKee for her role in BBC1 drama The Street.

On the entertainment side, ITV1 hit Britain's Got Talent goes head to head with BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing, which has received its 3rd nomination, as well as comedian Harry Hill for Harry Hill's TV Burp and Stephen Fry in celebrity panel show "QI."

Burp's Hill also was named in the performance category alongside first-time nominees Simon Amstell for Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins for The Friday Night Project and four-time performance nominee Stephen Fry for "QI."

In the international category, Family Guy takes on My Name is Earl, Californication and Heroes.

Stephen Merchant and David Mitchell receive individual acclaim this year in the comedy performance category for Extras Christmas Special and Peep Show respectively.

Good show for Brits at International Emmys

British broadcasters, led by the BBC, racked up a half-dozen of the key programming awards at the 35th annual International Emmy awards Monday night in New York.

The Street, a Granada Television production for BBC1, won for best drama series.

Street star Jim Broadbent shared best actor honors with Pierre Bokma, who was cited for his role in VPRO Television/IdtV Film BV's The Chosen One (the Netherlands).

Death of a President (Borough Films for More4, U.K.), about the fictional assassination of the U.S. president, won for best TV movie/miniseries. It debuted as a film at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and ran as a miniseries in the U.K.

Muriel Robin took home a solo trophy as best actress for playing the Black Widow title role on Ramona/ FTBF/To Do Today Prods. production of Marie Besnard: The Poisoner, a French production.

The academy's attempts to broaden the international list of winners worked in the category of children and young people, where Poland's TVP SA won for the live-action fairy tale The Magic Tree.

In addition to the programming nods, Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore received the I-Emmy Founders Award for his work against global warming and for launching the news channel Current TV.

Mirren still rolling with RTS nom

Mirren still rolling with RTS nom
LONDON -- Fresh off her best actress Oscar for The Queen, Helen Mirren is in the running for the Royal Television Society's top acting nod, this time for reprising the role of Detective Inspector Jane Tennyson in the final Prime Suspect, it was announced Monday.

The annual RTS awards will be held March 13 at the Grosvenor House hotel on London's Park Lane.

The Granada-produced drama that has gripped audiences since Mirren debuted the role in 1991 also has been nominated in the best drama series category along with Channel 4 cop drama Low Winter Sun and Sky One fairytale Hogfather.

Nominated alongside Mirren in the best actress category are Susan Lynch for her portrayal of a police sign-language interpreter who becomes involved with a deaf murder suspect in the BBC2/Blast Films production Soundproof and Julia Davis for her portrayal of '60s TV cook Fanny Cradock in BBC4 drama Fear of Fanny.

Jim Broadbent's portrayal of the British peer who attempted to befriend Moors murderer Myra Hindley in Longford, a Granada/HBO production for Channel 4, will compete for best actor against Philip Glenister in Life on Mars and Michael Sheen for his role in Kenneth Williams biopic Fantabulosa.

Controversial Channel 4 drama Death of a President will compete for the best digital channel program against BBC3 classical music extravaganza Manchester Passion and BBC4 entertainment show Charlie Brooker's Screen Wipe.

Doctor Who, Life on Mars and The Street are in competition for the best drama series award, while in the international category the HBO-produced Baghdad E.R. takes on Entourage and Canal Plus-produced Spiral.

Scribe Rake pacts with Sony Pics TV

Writer-producer Jeff Rake has inked a two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. Under the seven-figure pact, Rake will develop original series for the studio. Rake joins Sony TV from 20th Century Fox TV, where he was under an overall deal for the past several years. Under his pact with 20th TV, Rake most recently executive produced Fox's short-lived series Head Cases, starring Chris O'Donnell and Adam Goldberg, which aired earlier this season. He also co-created and executive produced Miss Match, the 20th TV/Imagine TV dramedy for NBC that was toplined by Alicia Silverstone, and did a stint as an executive producer on David E. Kelley's legal drama for ABC, Boston Legal, produced by 20th TV and David E. Kelley Prods. Additionally, Rake co-created Fox's drama series The $treet and was a consulting producer on the show that spawned Boston Legal, ABC's The Practice. He is repped by WMA.

ABC, Touchstone retain Scott for series in fall '03

ABC, Touchstone retain Scott for series in fall '03
Tom Everett Scott, who starred on ABC's legal drama Philly last season, is returning to the ABC fold in a talent deal with the network and sister studio Touchstone Television to topline a series project, most likely a comedy. Under the pact, the studio and the network will develop projects targeted for fall 2003 as potential starring vehicles for Scott. He is doing a multiepisode arc on NBC's hit drama ER, playing Eric Wyczenski, brother of nurse Abby Lockhart (Maura Tierney). Scott's TV credits also include Darren Star's short-lived Wall Street drama The $treet, the hit comedy Grace Under Fire and the telefilm Inherit the Wind. On the features side, Scott has starred in such movies as the Tom Hanks-directed That Thing You Do! An American Werewolf in Paris, Dead Man on Campus and Boiler Room. Scott is repped by the Gersh Agency and Anonymous Content.

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