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This story first appeared in the Dec. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. First, Style became Esquire. Then Bio transformed into Fyi. Now another cable network is attempting a bold rebrand. On Jan. 14, viewers in 80 million homes that receive Tvgn (formerly TV Guide Network) will discover a new name and look. The rebranded Pop network will offer fresh graphics, some original programming and reruns of 1980s and '90s shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place and Joan of Arcadia. Read more Pop Orders First Scripted Series Brad Schwartz, Pop's president of entertainment and media, says the goal is
- Alex Ben Block
Last night, CBS debuted Madam Secretary, the new show from Joan of Arcadia creator Barbara Hall in which Téa Leoni plays the secretary of State, to a very good-size audience. In his review, Vulture's Matt Zoller Seitz wrote, "Madam Secretary is ... attuned to the ways in which women exercise (and are expected to exercise) great power on those occasions when they manage to acquire it." When John Horn, host of Southern California Public Radio's new arts and entertainment show, the Frame, spoke with Hall, she spoke about how her time being a woman in a man's world has influenced Madam Secretary and her other shows. (Listen to Horn and Hall's interview below and subscribe to the Frame at iTunes or Stitcher.)There’s been a fair amount of talk that your main character, Elizabeth McCord, is an idealized version of a Secretary of State, perhaps even Hillary Clinton. How do »
- John Horn
CBS has scheduled its new drama "Madam Secretary" to air on Sunday nights before "The Good Wife," which means two things: 1)You should expect its start time to often be interfered with by football (though its regular timeslot is 8 p.m. Eastern, it's tentatively set to debut this weekend at 8:30), and 2)CBS hopes that Téa Leoni and friends can do for political drama what Julianna Margulies and company have done for the law genre: find a way to juggle the formulaic procedural qualities of a broadcast network drama with the narrative and moral complexities of what you can find on cable. "Madam Secretary" — which stars Leoni as Elizabeth Faulkner McCord, a former CIA analyst and college professor appointed to be Secretary of State after her predecessor dies in a plane crash — doesn't lack for talent on either side of the camera. The show was created by Barbara Hall, the »
- Alan Sepinwall
Like most CBS dramas, “Madam Secretary” was clearly developed with a time period in mind — another high-powered, classily cast drama about a woman with ripped-from-the-headlines undertones. Yet this lead-in to “The Good Wife” plays more like a slightly simple-minded return to “The West Wing,” with Tea Leoni as the reluctant Secretary of State, chosen (after her predecessor’s somewhat suspicious death) specifically for her lack of political ambitions. So come for the Hillary factor, and stay for the feel-good foreign policy practiced with courage and intelligence, or at least, so CBS hopes.
A former CIA analyst, Leoni’s Elizabeth McCord is minding her own business in academia when she’s summoned by the president (Keith Carradine, at his avuncular best in what’s described as a recurring role), saying he needs her clear-eyed counsel and refusing to take no for an answer. Not surprisingly, she is not exactly welcomed with »
- Brian Lowry
"Madam Secretary" shares a Washington D.C. setting with one of TV's hottest dramas, "Scandal," but the similarities will end there. "Secretary," a new CBS drama starring Tea Leoni as a one-time CIA analyst who steps into the role of Secretary of State, airs on Sunday nights beginning this fall, serving as a natural bridge between the in-depth current events reporting of "60 Minutes" and the high class drama of "The Good Wife." So don't expect to see Leoni sleeping with the President or facing off with a mother who's an international terrorist. As executive producer Barbara Hall ("Joan of Arcadia") explained during a panel discussion at the TCA 2014 summer press tour, she's aiming for something more, shall we say, realistic. "From what I understand about 'Scandal' and [NBC's] 'State of Affairs,' [our show] is a little less heightened reality than that," Hall explained. "We're really trying to pull back the curtain on »
- Geoff Berkshire
A fresh season of Orange is the New Black may just have premiered, but Netflix is already on to planning the third season, which we will see the cast grow in. Mary Steenburgen (think Joan of Arcadia, Justified and Elf) will be joining the cast. The third season was announced in May, which it appears they will be starting production soon. Mary’s role will be a reoccurring character for the third season. Here is what she had to say about the honor and how she broke the news.
Very excited to go to my first wardrobe fitting of Oitnb! Will I be in orange or black?
Very well plated Mary! I am sure she will be a great addition on the show. Her acting skills are pretty good, so I am sure she will certainly be a great character. It is just hard to picture her as someone who »
- Sarah Peel
Mary Steenburgen is joining Netflix hit “Orange Is the New Black” for Season 3, the actress tweeted on Friday. She wrote: “Very excited to go to my first wardrobe fitting of Oitnb! Will I be in orange or black?:)” The second season of the women-in-prison series, from “Weeds” honcho Jenji Kohan, premiered last week on Netflix, and was renewed for a third season in May. It was not immediately known which character the “Joan of Arcadia” actress will play, or how many episodes she. »
- Tony Maglio
By all accounts, season 2 of Netflix’s hit prison dramedy Orange is the New Black was a major success for the streaming giant. Since its June 6th premiere, critics have been raving about it, audiences have been talking about it, and everyone is keen to find out just what showrunner Jenji Kohan has in mind for the already-ordered 13-episode third season. Now, we’ve learned that Oscar winner Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard, Back to the Future Part III) is closing a deal to appear on the show.
Details of just who Steenburgen will be playing are being kept under wraps for the time being, but her casting is a pretty done deal. The actress herself tweeted about coming aboard, with the following post:
Very excited to go to my first wardrobe fitting of Oitnb! Will I be in orange or black?:)
— Mary Steenburgen (@MarySteenburgen) June 12, 2014
Steenburgen, who is »
- Isaac Feldberg
Though HBO’s Lena Dunham-led comedy series Girls won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series for its first season, the show has largely faded in the eyes of critics over time. Though the show’s third season was a marked improvement over its decidedly unfunny second, Girls hasn’t been seen as an awards darling since its premiere. Perhaps that will change next season, when Dunham and company are joined by some extremely talented guest stars. We previously reported that Community alum Gillian Jacobs would appear, and now Parenthood‘s Jason Ritter has booked a guest spot as well.
Details about Ritter’s character are being kept largely under wraps, as was the way with Jacobs’ character, but we do know that his character is named Scott and will appear on the currently unnamed sixth episode of Girls‘ fourth season. Unlike Jacobs’ character, named Mimi-Rose Howard, Ritter »
- Isaac Feldberg
Jason Ritter has created a nice name for himself like his late father. Now he is set to guest star on Lena Dunham’s HBO hit Girls. We have no idea on what kind of role, but we hope it leads to something more for him. His current show Parenthood is ending soon and he will need a new show. So far he will set to appear on the sixth episode, and his role will be a guy named Scott.
I am glad that Jason is getting his chance to expand his acting chops. It makes me sad to know that his roles have always been on shows that never lasted that long. It is about time that he finds something solid, maybe this can lead his way to that at last. In the meantime we will always have DVDs of Parenthood and Joan of Arcadia, that way we can get our Jason Ritter fix. »
- Sarah Peel
Jason Ritter is coming to Brooklyn, at least HBO's version of Brooklyn. The actor will guest-star on the upcoming fourth season of “Girls,” a HBO representative told TheWrap. HBO is staying quiet about the details of Ritter's role, though TV Line reports that he will play a character named Scott and will appear on the sixth episode of Season 4. Ritter most recently appeared in a recurring role as Mark on NBC's “Parenthood.” His other TV credits include “Joan of Arcadia,” “The Class,” “Gravity Falls” and “The Event.” His film credits include “I Am. »
- Jethro Nededog
Some sources (i.e. the whole world) have speculated that CBS's new series Madam Secretary will focus on a character loosely based on -- or inspired by -- former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It'll be interesting to see if these comparisons continue to be made now that the trailer for Madam Secretary is out. Tea Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst turned college professor. When asked by friends if she misses the CIA, Elizabeth explains that she misses the people, but not the life. Madam Secretary was created by Barbara Hall, who has written for Homeland and Judging Amy. Hall created cult classic Joan of Arcadia. Madam Secretary will air on Sundays at 8-9 pm, after 60 Minutes and before The Good Wife a prime berth which shows that CBS is high on the show (It is rumored to be CBS chief Nina Tassler's favorite pilot. »
- Laura Berger
Sometimes there’s a little bit of legwork involved in being a Jason Ritter fan. With a career that’s toggled between interesting character roles in limited-release movies (2005’s Happy Endings, 2008’s Good Dick) and bigger parts in short-lived TV shows (Joan of Arcadia, The Class, The Event), his always-nuanced performances can often prove hard to catch. That changes today with the Vimeo On Demand release of I Am I, a Kickstarter-funded movie about a woman posing as her recently deceased mother in order to get to know her long-lost father, who is suffering from memory loss. The actor co-stars with Jocelyn Towne, who also wrote and directed the film, and her husband The Big Bang Theory's Simon Helberg, who has been a friend of Ritter’s since high school. Next week will see the release of The Big Ask, another indie Ritter shot with a cast of TV thespians, »
- Rose Maura Lorre
London — Romantic comedy “We’ll Never Have Paris,” the directorial debut of “The Big Bang Theory” star Simon Helberg, co-helmed with Jocelyn Towne, has been selected as the closing night film of the Edinburgh Film Festival. Helberg will attend the screening.
Helberg and Towne said: “We hope the people of Scotland will find our pain and suffering as funny as we do.”
The pic is penned by Helberg, who also plays the lead. Based on Helberg and Towne’s real-life romantic history, the film is a candid tale of a neurotic young man rattled by the sudden declaration of love he receives from an attractive co-worker moments before he is about to propose to his girlfriend. Heartbroken, she flees to Paris, and he must now race across the Atlantic to win her back.
- Leo Barraclough
Tim Daly has been cast in the upcoming CBS series “Madam Secretary,” from “Joan of Arcadia” creator Barbara Hall. Daly will play Henry, the wife of Leoni’s Secretary of State Elizabeth McGill and the father of their two children. Henry is described as a professor who’s something of a tweedy academic and an expert on and college professor of medieval religious history. He can talk about St. Thomas Aquinas for hours without repeating himself. The former “Private Practice” actor joins a cast that includes “The Naked Truth” actress Tea Leoni. Also read: Janet McTeer Cast in Vince Gilligan, »
- Tim Kenneally
Tea Leoni has found two new gigs at once — one as an an actress, and one as the U.S. Secretary of State. “The Naked Truth” actress Leoni has been cast to star in the drama “Madam Secretary,” which earlier this week received a pilot order from CBS. Also read: CBS Orders Dating Comedy Pilot ‘Save the Date’ The drama will revolve around the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life. “Joan of Arcadia” creator Barbara Hall is writing and executive producing the project. »
- Tim Kenneally
This is a big casting coup right off the bat this pilot casting season. CBS has set Tea Leoni as the lead in drama pilot Madam Secretary, from Joan Of Arcadia creator Barbara Hall and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman. The drama, written by Hall, explores the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State (Leoni) as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life. CBS TV Studios is producing with Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment, with the company’s Freeman, Lori McCreary and Tracy Mercer executive producing alongside Hall. Leoni has stayed away from network television since 1998 when her NBC sitcom The Naked Truth ended its run. She has been constantly approached for pilots ever since, but her only TV gig in the past 15 years was the 2011 HBO pilot Spring/Fall. Last year, CBS also started pilot casting season in a big way, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The drama about a maverick female Secretary of State dealing with international diplomacy, office politics and a complex family life comes via executive producer and scribe Barbara Hall (“Judging Amy,” “Joan Of Arcadia”). Cbstvs is producing, along with Freeman, Lori McCreary and Tracy Mercer of Revelations.
CBS announced “Madam Secretary’s” pilot green light on Monday.
- Whitney Friedlander
Kevin Williamson - the creator of Dawson’s Creek and the Scream film franchise – has secured a late-season pilot order from CBS, for a drama about stalking. The as-yet-untitled series will focus on a pair of detectives working in the Threat Management Unit of the Lapd, and will be both written and executive produced by Williamson under the banner of his Warner Bros Television based company, Outerbanks Entertainment.
The news of Williamson’s latest TV pilot comes hot on the heels of the second season debut of The Following - his dark and disturbing serial killer drama on Fox, starring Kevin Bacon. He continues to serve as executive producer on that show, as well as on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries – now in its fifth season. If picked up, his new drama will give him three shows on the air, which is pretty impressive.
This is also the third »
- Sarah Myles
CBS has given a pilot order to the comedy “Good Session,” from Matt Miller and John Hamburg. The single-camera comedy revolves around a happy couple that decides to see a therapist to help them decide if they should have a baby. However, they quickly discover that they ave more to discuss. Also read: CBS Orders Morgan Freeman-Produced Pilot ‘Madam Secretary’ Hamburg (“Meet the Parents”) and Miller (“Chuck,” “666 Park Avenue”) are writing and executive producing the pilot, which comes from Warner Bros. Television, with Hamburg (pictured) directing. Earlier Monday, the network ordered the drama “Madam Secretary,” from “Joan of Arcadia” creator Barbara. »
- Tim Kenneally
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