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USA Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Colony,’ Donny Deutsch Comedy

USA Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Colony,’ Donny Deutsch Comedy
USA Network is planning an early 2016 takeover for “Colony,” the family-centric espionage drama from Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, the cabler announced Wednesday morning ahead of its Television Critics Association press tour panel.

The thriller, which reunites Cuse with “Lost” costar Josh Holloway and also stars “The Walking Dead’s” Sarah Wayne Callies, will premiere at 10 p.m. Jan. 14 after two hours of the WWE live-action series “Smackdown.” USA promoted the series heavily at Comic-Con, where it offered perks like free Uber rides in branded military vehicles.

USA is also using the Nov. 10 return of its popular comedic reality series “Chrisley Knows Best” as a lead-in for its new Donny Deutsch series “Donny!.” The “soft-scripted” series follows the ad exec and former “Big Idea” host and is meant to take a “satirical look at the media, wealth and modern romance.”

The full premiere schedule is below.

New Series:

“Donny!” (Season
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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard to duet in bluegrass film

HollywoodNews.com: The life of bluegrass music pioneer, Bill Monroe, will be brought to the big screen in a feature starring real life couple Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard.

Sarsgaard is set to portray Monroe while Gyllenhaal will easily play the musician’s lover Bessie Lee Mauldin.

Digital Spy overheard Gyllenhaal saying “Bill Monroe, who invented Blue Grass music, had a kind of Sid and Nancy-style affair with this woman Bessie Lee Mauldin throughout his life.

T-Bone Burnett’s going to do the music and Callie Khouri, who wrote ‘Thelma & Louise,’ wrote the script so we’re going to do that together.”

Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard married in May 2009.

The Monroe biopic would mark the second time that the twosome have worked together onscreen. Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard starred alongside each other in the 2005 Sundance Film Festival entry “The Dying Gaul.” They will be appearing on stage soon in the Gotham
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Eddie Marsan, Tom Sturridge, and Romola Garai Begin Production on Junkhearts in London

Coded Pictures began production this week on the suspense drama Junkhearts in London, with a cast headed by Eddie Marsan (Happy-Go-Lucky), Tom Sturridge (Pirate Radio), Romola Garai (Atonement), and newcomer Candese Reid. The picture follows “a vulnerable ex-soldier haunted by his past, who finds himself manipulated by a young couple as they attempt to use his home as a drugs den.” This is director Tinge Krishnan’s feature debut with a script from Simon Frank (The Dry Cleaner). Hit the jump for the full press release.

Here’s the official press release:

Eddie Marsan, Tom Sturridge And Romola Garai Join “Junkhearts” As Film Cameras Roll In London

London: 1 June 2010 – Award winning actor Eddie Marsan (Happy-Go-Lucky; Vera Drake, Sherlock Holmes) is joined by talented cast members: Tom Sturridge (The Boat That Rocked, Vanity Fair, Being Julia), Romola Garai (Vanity Fair, Atonement, I Capture the Castle) and newcomer Candese Reid in director
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Craig Doyle sets two TV projects

Craig Doyle sets two TV projects
Craig Doyle is getting fraternal.

The film and television scribe has sold two sibling-themed television projects, including one that is being developed by 20th Century Fox TV and the studio-based Chernin Entertainment.

The 20th TV/Chernin project, set up at Fox, is a comedy about an adult man who's made a mess of his life but must come to the aid of his Type A sister after she suffers a tragedy.

Doyle also has sold the multicamera sibling comedy "Three Sisters" to CBS. Produced by CBS Television Studios and Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg's Katalyst Films, it focuses on three very different men who marry three sisters who are extremely close.

Doyle, repped by CAA and Madhouse Entertainment, did work on "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" at New Line and "Closed for the Holidays" at Paramount.

He also has sold a number of scripts that went to pilot, including "The
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Celeb quotient high for TV fest

Celeb quotient high for TV fest
MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- The 2006 Monte Carlo Television Festival got off to a low-key start under balmy skies Monday night at the seaside Grimaldi Forum, as the public walked the red carpet elbow-to-elbow with some of their favorite French TV stars from the popular primetime soap, Plus Belle la Vie. A brief opening ceremony featuring a speech by Prince Albert II of Monaco, the festival's honorary president since 1988, preceded a screening of German-made Three Sisters, one of the 100 programs in competition from 23 different countries. Now in its 46th year, the six-day festival and showcase attracts a high-profile list of international TV celebrities, who will jet in for the annual celebration of programming that culminates with a black-tie awards ceremony.

Eye on Scolaro for fall sitcom

Eye on Scolaro for fall sitcom
Brian Scolaro has inked a talent holding deal with CBS to star in a comedy pilot for the network targeted for fall. The actor grabbed the attention of CBS executives with his co-starring role in the ABC/Touchstone TV comedy pilot Platonically Incorrect this past development season. Scolaro, whose credits also include the NBC comedy series Three Sisters, is repped by ICM and manager Vincent Nastri.

CBS draws most viewers Tuesday, ABC takes the demo race

CBS draws most viewers Tuesday, ABC takes the demo race
ABC's new Tuesday lineup posted another nightly win among adults 18-49, while CBS continued its rein on the night in total viewers. At 8 p.m., 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (12.8 million viewers, 4.7 rating/14 share among adults 18-49) cooled off from previous weeks, but still won the half-hour in adults 18-49, while passing the total viewers baton this week to CBS' veteran military drama JAG (14.9 million, 3.3/9 from 8-9 p.m.). ABC's According to Jim (12.4 million, 5.0/14) at 8:30 p.m. also topped the competition in adults 18-49, building on to its 8 Simple Rules demo lead-in, according to preliminary Nielsen data. NBC didn't see improvement from switching its 8-9 p.m. comedies. The block of In-laws (6.9 million, 2.4/7) at 8 p.m. and Just Shoot Me (8.0 million, 3.0/8) at 8:30 p.m. was down 13% in the 18-49 demographic, and up 5% in total viewers from last week, when Just Shoot Me (6.6 million, 2.7/8) opened the night at 8 p.m. and In-laws (7.7 million, 3.5/9) ran at 8:30 p.m. The two shows' delivery in 18-49 is on par with what Emeril and Three Sisters did for NBC in the time period last year. At 9 p.m., NBC's Frasier (13.6 million, 5.2/13) won the hour with Life with Bonnie (9.3 million, 4.0/10) running second in 18-49, while the two networks' sitcoms at 9:30 p.m., NBC's Hidden Hills (9.9 million, 4.3/11) and ABC's Less than Perfect (9.3 million, 4.1/10) ran neck and neck. CBS' legal drama The Guardian (13.2 million, 3.3/8) topped the 9-10 p.m. hour in total viewers. For the night, ABC averaged 11.6 million viewers and a 4.7/13 in 18-49 to CBS' 14.0 million viewers and a 3.6/9. NBC logged 9.8 million viewers and a 3.8/10, while Fox posted 6.1 million viewers and a 2.9/8 with repeats of That '70s Show, Cedric the Entertainer Presents and John Doe.

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