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Former MTV head of programming David Janollari has signed a three-year development deal with Universal Television that puts him back in business with NBC entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt. Janollari (pictured), who left MTV last year, produced "Six Feet Under" and the miniseries "Elvis" and "American Family" with Greenblatt. Janollari also developed "Friends," "Supernatural" and "Awkward." "We had a very satisfying and successful producing partnership and I know first-hand how incredible David is in the creative process," said Greenblatt. "He's one of the best producers I've ever worked with and I'm thrilled to »
- Tim Molloy
Deal includes setting up a new shingle at Universal TV, and the pact will focus on producing scripted content.
Janollari shepherded MTV’s scripted skeins “Teen Wolf” and “Awkward” to the net, and while prez of the WB Network, launched programs including “Supernatural.” From 1996 to 2003, Janollari held a producing partnership with NBC’s Bob Greenblatt that led to programs including HBO’s “Six Feet Under.”
“We had a very satisfying and successful producing partnership and I know first-hand how incredible David is in the creative process,” said Greenblatt. “He’s one of the best producers I’ve ever worked with and I’m thrilled to be back in business with him at our studio. When he left MTV it became my goal to talk him back into producing again.”
- AJ Marechal
David Janollari is heading to NBC. Less than a year after the executive departed MTV as head of programming, Janollari has inked a three-year deal to develop scripted fare for NBC. The pact reunites Janollari with NBC entertainment president Bob Greenblatt, with whom he developed Six Feet Under, Elvis and American Family, among others. Photos: Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2013-14 "Our goal is to make deals with the best creative producers in our business and David Janollari exemplifies this,” said Universal Television exec vp Bela Bajaria. “Not only have I had the pleasure of working with him when he
- Lesley Goldberg
On TV this final night of May Sweeps: Criminal Minds unmasks The Replicator; The Middle, Modern Family, Chicago Fire, Nashville and Svu sign off; and Masterchef turns up the heat once more. Here are 8 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm MasterChef (Fox) | Season 4 premiere: The best home cooks, culled from a nationwide search, prepare their signature dishes for judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Eliot in hopes of earning a white apron and moving to the next round. (Take a peek at a tasty preview.)
8 pm The Middle (ABC) | Season finale: Axl dodges Frankie’s questions about the »
- Kimberly Roots
Ang Lee has officially backed out of directing the upcoming Tyrant pilot for FX. The political drama created by Homeland’s Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under’s Craig Wright centers around an American family in the Middle East and would have been Lee's first project since winning the Best Director Oscar for Life Of Pi and his first foray into the world of television, but, oh well. Lee’s official statement calls the show “one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I’ve seen,” but explains that “after spending over four years »
Two months after boarding the FX drama pilot Tyrant, Ang Lee has bowed out. "It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I’ve seen and one about which I was very excited," the two-time Oscar winner said. "However, after spending over four years making and promoting Life of Pi, I have recently realized that I need some rest." Bummer — seeing what Lee would've done with the political thriller was high on our curiosity list. Tyrant comes from Homeland's Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under's Craig Wright. »
- Zach Dionne
After four and a half years making the smash hit Life Of Pi, and of course the six long months of the Oscar campaign that followed, director Ang Lee has finally admitted that enough is enough and that he needs some rest. Sadly, this means that he has had to pull out of FX’s new Pilot Tyrant, a new series created by Homeland executive producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under’s Craig Wright.
It was the first TV project that Lee had agreed to do, and it was thought he was already scouting for filming locations. In gave the following statement:
“It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I’ve seen and one about which I was very excited. However, after spending over four years making and promoting Life Of Pi, I have recently realized that I need some rest »
- Lucy Cave
FX's coup of landing two-time Oscar winning director Ang Lee to direct the network's drama pilot "Tyrant" has hit a major snag. Lee has informed executive producer Howard Gordon ("Homeland") that he's no longer able to participate in the project.
Deadline reports that Lee's enthusiasm for "Tyrant" simply couldn't combat the physical and mental exhaustion he feels after four and a half years of shepherding "Life of Pi" to the screen and through the Hollywood awards circuit. Lee is currently fulfilling his duties as a juror at the Cannes Film Festival but apparently isn't ready to take on another directing project just yet.
"Tyrant" had been scheduled to begin production this summer and has been expected to earn a series order from the network. But first, FX will need to find another director.
Gideon Raff wrote the pilot's script about an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. »
Update: Ang Lee has issued a statement saying that he dropped out of FX's "Tyrant" pilot because "I need some rest" after making and promoting "Life of Pi." Lee's full statement is included below. Previously... Ang Lee apparently isn't feeling very tyrannical anymore. Also read: Ang Lee to Direct FX Pilot From 'Homeland' Duo The "Life of Pi" director has dropped out of the FX pilot "Tyrant," which would have marked his television directorial debut. The pilot, from "Homeland" producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, along with Craig Wright ("Six Feet Under"), follows an unassuming »
- Tim Kenneally
Update 4:15 Pm: Here is Ang Lee’s statement about his departure from Tyrant. It is with disappointment that I must confirm I have withdrawn from my commitment to direct the upcoming FX pilot Tyrant. It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I’ve seen and one about which I was very excited. However, after spending over four years making and promoting Life Of Pi, I have recently realized that I need some rest . Because I cannot give 100% to this exciting project at this time, I cannot allow myself to do anything that may affect the potential for this exciting new series. I wish Fox 21 and FX the best with this remarkable project. Exclusive 2:50 Pm: Oscar-winning director Ang Lee has pulled out of directing high-profile FX drama pilot Tyrant, from Homeland executive producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under alum Craig Wright. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
It seems Ang Lee's post-Oscar move won't be an FX TV pilot after all. The Life of Pi director has pulled out of Tyrant, a high-profile drama pilot from Homeland's Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under's Craig Wright that he had signed on to helm, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. "It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I’ve seen and one about which I was very excited. However, after spending over four years making and promoting Life of Pi, I have recently realized that I need some rest," explained Lee, who
- Lacey Rose
What, ho? Could that be Tywin Lannister menacing a man in a coma? Why, yes it is, Charles Dance having taken on the role of a sinister doctor in Not Quite Hollywood director Mark Hartley's long awaited remake of Australian cult hit Patrick. The story of a young nurse who becomes the object of obsession for a comatose man with psychokinetic powers, Patrick has been teasing out images for the past while and with the Cannes Marche du Films now upon us, the picture's international sales agents have released the first international trailer for the film. And, oh yes, it looks rather good.Sharni Vinson (You're Next) and Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under) also star. Take a look at the trailer below,...
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After nine years, 200 episodes, and a pile of Dundies, The Office is airing its series finale tonight. It's an impossible task, really — series finales always come with highly charged expectations. Ross and Rachel better end up together. Vic Mackey better get what's coming to him. And if they don't explain what that damn island is, I'll never love another TV show again as long as I live. To help alleviate some of this pressure, we decided we'd help The Office reach its conclusion by channeling one of the greatest series finales of all time: Six Feet Under. Cue up the Sia, and grab a tissue or two. Here's how everything ends for the beloved (and not-so-beloved) Dunderheads. »
- Margaret Lyons,Sarah Frank
The unique, bold and undeniably sexy TV series returns with True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season released on Blu-ray and DVD on 20th May 2013, from HBO Home Entertainment. Packed with even more action and allure, satisfy your addiction and get sucked in right from the very start as the Complete Season 1 – 5 boxset is also released on both formats.
Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humour, True Blood Season 5 goes deep into the battle between the “Vampire Authority” and “Vampire Fundamentalists” – a political power play whose outcome could decide not only the fate of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and her Bon Temps friends, but of all human existence.
Picking up where Season 4 left off, Sookie is dealing with Tara’s (Rutina Wesley) shooting and her unpredictable faerie powers while Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) find themselves called into action by the Vampire Authority. Meanwhile, Sam (Sam Tremmell) searches for »
- Matt Holmes
HBO has released the new poster for Season 6 of True Blood which premieres Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. Based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, the Emmy-nominated hit drama series was created by Alan Ball, creator of HBO's Emmy-winning series "Six Feet Under."
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The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the second announced yesterday. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on Fox.
While "The Following" proved a breakout winner, Fox had few success stories last season. So, it is going a bit more ambitious this year with numerous dramas, comedies and one-off "event series".
Several pilots didn't make the final cut and won't be seen including the family of government-sanctioned assassins drama "Boomerang," the adaptation of Lauren Oliver's book trilogy "Delirium" about a world where love is illegal, the legal interns workplace comedy "To My Assistant," the U.S.S. Lexington-set "The Wild Blue," and "The List" about the hunt for a thief who stole a file containing the secret identities of people in the Witness Security Program,
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- Garth Franklin
We know "True Blood" has some of the most dedicated fans in the world, and if you're one of them, here's your chance to be part of a Season 5 DVD virtual signing with stars Stephen Moyer and Kristin Bauer van Straten.
The contest, entitled "Fill in the Blood," celebrates the launch of True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD/Blu-ray via HBO Select, and here are all the details:
Beginning yesterday and ending May 17th, the "True Blood" Twitter feed (@TrueBloodHBO) is hosting the "Psalms of Lilith" contest. Each day fans will be asked to fill in the missing words from a Psalm of Lilith (#fillintheblood), and the top ten submissions for each Psalm will win an autographed copy of the release. All of the winners will be announced the day after their tweet. The official micro-site for the contest is FillInTheBlood.com.
At 12:00 noon Pt/3:00 pm Et on Tuesday, »
- The Woman In Black
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
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On Monday Fox unveiled their primetime slate for the 2013-2014 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The network announced 5 new comedies, 4 new dramas, a first event series, and an animated comedy from Seth MacFarlane.
Some of today’s most inventive directors working in film have smoothly segued from motion pictures to series TV and their new shows have found a home at Fox. What caught my attention were the sci-fi, fantasy shows bearing the names of Abrams, Shyamalan, Kurtzman and Orci.
Among the network’s lineup is M. Night Shyamalan’s new event series Wayward Pines. Set to premiere in 2014 and based on the best-selling novel, “Pines,” by Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines is an intense, mind-bending thriller in which nothing is what it seems. Also on the Fox schedule is the »
- Michelle McCue
Of course I was excited about these new Fox shows as soon as I learned about their Fringe provenance, but Wait Until You See These Trailers. It’s hard to get a real feel for a show just from the synopsis, but I’m including the new upgraded synopses for each so that you have all the information.
But Oh The Trailers.
Trailer: Almost Human
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From Emmy Award-winning executive producer J.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator/executive producer J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”), comes Almost Human. Starring Karl Urban (“Star Trek”) and Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”), the new series »
- Erin Willard
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