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Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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Logline: Rosie travels with her best friend, Tucker, for a weekend getaway, reuniting with former high school friends who face equally uncertain futures.
#adulting is hard. “Twentyfiveish” follows Rosie, in the midst of a quarterlife crisis, who escapes for a weekend trip with her best friend Tucker. Upon arrival, she is surprised by former high school friends, some welcome and some not, who also face equally uncertain futures. Together, over the course of the weekend, they try to navigate their way through being twentyfiveish.
Brendan is an American actor known for playing »
- Steve Greene
Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” first spinoff series, “Dungeon Cove,” is set to premiere on Sept. 13. Group President Rich Ross touched on the franchise’s latest offering Monday afternoon during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, but very little info accompanied the mention. While TheWrap is told that preview clips will be coming soon, few details beyond the original upfronts announcement of the latest version have been shared. Today was no exception. Also Read: JonBenet Ramsey Murder Tapped for Investigation Discovery Cold Case Series Ross also runs the Science Channel, which will welcome back Morgan Freeman‘s “Through the Wormhole” on Aug. »
- Tony Maglio
Fond also backs two TV serires and Lisa Langseth’s new feature.
In its June round of funding, Nordisk Film & TV Fond supported seven new projects, including its largest ever production grant for a documentary, $118,000 (Nok 1m), to Mads Brügger’s [pictured] Cold Case Dag Hammerskjöld.
The Danish documentary is produced by Peter Engel of Wingman Media, in co-production with Norway’s Piraya Film, Sweden’s Laika Film and Belgium’s Associate Producers. Again with his unique style also on camera The Ambassador director Brugger reopens the case of legendary former Un Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld who died in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia in 1961.
Dr handles world sales on the film, which will be delivered in 2017.
The Fond also supported these projects in its latest round:
A Modern Man (documentary) $56,000 $231,000 (Nok 500,000) Produced by Danish Documentary and directed by Eva Mulvad, this film is an existential journey with violinist and model Charlie Siem. Rides Upon the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
This season saw the premiere of Shades of Blue and the rise of Quantico, two of the latest dramas to feature strong female detectives. And while your average, real-life female cop or detective probably doesn't look like Jennifer Lopez, the average law enforcement woman on television does. Who's the sexiest?
Is it Mariska Hargitay on Law & Order: Svu, Gillian Anderson on The X-Files, or Jaina Lee Ortiz on Fox's new drama Rosewood? What about the classics? Kyra Sedgwick on The Closer, Kathryn Morris on Cold Case or Heather Locklear on Tj Hooker?
What do you think? Who is the sexiest female cop/detective on television? »
The new season of Orange Is the New Black is filled with new faces, but one in particular looks familiar. The new guard, Desi Piscatella, is played by Brad William Henke, whom you might recognize but not be able to place. He has appeared in a myriad of TV shows since the '90s, including (but not limited to) ER, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, Shameless, Grimm, Bones, Castle, and, of course, Law & Order. But his résumé has expanded beyond guest-starring roles, as well. Here are five places you may have seen him before! »
- Maggie Pehanick
Jerry Bruckheimer is going solo. With the prolific producer's 15-year, exclusive pact with Warner Bros. Television ending this year, Jerry Bruckheimer Television will become an independently financed outfit. The production company is expected to shop for financing that would allow for greater ownership of its shows. Sources suggest, however, that Bruckheimer is still expected to do business with Warner Bros, just not exclusively. Current shows that hail from Bruckheimer TV include Fox's Lucifer and CBS' forthcoming Training Day reboot. Among the past series to spawn from the deal: Cold Case and Without a Trace. On the film side, Bruckheimer has a
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
Bruckheimer’s television division is shopping for investors and financing that would allow the company to retain a much greater ownership interest and rights to its shows. Producer Mark Gordon cut a deal last year with Entertainment One that was seen as the beginning of a new era for prolific TV producers.
“We’ve always been entrepreneurial,” Bruckheimer told Variety. “We’ve always loved trying new things. Warner Bros. is fantastic, they’ve been great partners. We’re not out of business with them, we’re just no longer exclusive with them.”
Bruckheimer declined to elaborate on the specifics of the financing that the company is seeking. The shift with Warner Bros. TV took effect about a week ago. “It »
- Debra Birnbaum and Cynthia Littleton
ITV Studios America has tapped Jerry Bruckheimer Television exec Michael Azzolino as Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, Variety has learned. In the La-based post, effective June 13, Azzolino will oversee development and current operations for the growing lineup of scripted television programming produced by ITV Studios in the U.S., reporting to ITV Studios America President Philippe Maigret.
“Michael will bring with him deep relationships in the creative community and his considerable experience in the development and production of hit television programming,” said Maigret. “I am thrilled that he will be joining the ITV Studios America team as we build a creatively and commercially ambitious scripted TV business.”
“After 11 phenomenal years at Jerry Bruckheimer Television, I am excited to join Philippe and his team at ITV Studios America,” Azzolino addded. “The studio is building an incredible environment for creatives to take advantage of the many opportunities available in our ever-evolving marketplace. »
- Laura Prudom
Does iZombie take place in Seattle, or… Peyton Place? (Sorry. I had to.)
Aly Michalka — who has recurred as Liv’s best friend Peyton for the last two seasons — has been promoted to series regular for the CW dramedy’s third year, EW.com reports.
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Season 3 of iZombie will debut at midseason, along with The 100, Reign and freshman drama Riverdale.
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* To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Mad Men‘s series finale, more than 1,500 props and memorabilia from the show »
This week, CBS began the twice-weekly airing of the final 13 episodes of Person of Interest. The series is dark, compelling, and addresses many of the privacy and cyber-terrorism issues we’re wrestling with in our world. They just do it with an attractive cast and solve things every 60 minutes. Here’s the official word on the final season collection.
Burbank, CA (May 4, 2016) – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) is set to release one of television’s most compelling, action-packed, crime dramas, Person of Interest: The Complete Fifth and Final Season on Blu-ray™ and DVD. Available July 19, 2016, the final season will include all 13 season five episodes plus the “Finale for the Fans” featurette, the show’s 2015 Comic-Con Panel and more bonus content. Season five finds the team of covert crime fighters faced with the potential demise of The Machine as its rival, Samaritan, begins to take control. The release will retail »
- ComicMix Staff
A Japanese version of U.S. TV series “Cold Case” is to be produced and screened by pay-tv group Wowow. It is the first time a localized version of the series has been made.
The original show was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television. Set in Philadelphia, it saw a homicide detective take on investigations which are no longer actively pursued by the police department.
The Japanese version will work on similar lines and be directed by Takafumi Hatano (director of hit Japanese series “Sp”), with Yamada Kosuke (“Thin Godzilla”) serving as the director of photography. Writers on the show include Takahisa Zeze, Yasuhiro Yoshida, Ryuta Hourai and Hiroshi Hayashi.
Wowow and Warner Bros. International Television Production will co-produce, with Wowow screening the series under its original drama series label Drama W. Ten episodes have been commissioned and are slated to begin airing from October. Wowow has previously aired all of the original U. »
- Patrick Frater
Set against the antebellum South, The Birth of a Nation follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities, against himself and his fellow slaves, Nat orchestrates and uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. The first teaser trailer has arrived for this intense new drama. And it is positioned to be the film to beat at next year's Academy Awards.
The Birth of a Nation won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it made it's debut. The film was picked up by Fox Searchlight for a record breaking $17.5 million. The film has been compared to 12 Years a Slave and Schindler's List. The historical drama will get a year-end Award Season release from Fox Searchlight. »
NBC’s Chicago Fire returned from a five-week break to 8.7 million total viewers and a 1.7 demo rating (per finals), up 12 percent and a tenth from its last fresh outing to deliver its best audience since its Dec. 8 midseason finale and its best demo number since Feb. 9.
Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
Similarly, Chicago Med (8.7 mil/1.8) returned up 30 and 23 percent, also to its best tallies since Dec. 8. The Voice opened the Peacock’s night with 11.1 mil and a 2.4, up in eyeballs but down a tenth week-to-week.
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Careful there, Renard. Fatherhood — even sham, for-the-cameras, get-me-elected fatherhood — may be more trouble than it’s worth.
In Friday’s Grimm, Sasha Roiz’s Capt. Renard met with his former hook-up Adalind to offer her some information about their missing daughter. While the meeting seemed like a friendly gesture at first, Adalind soon realized that there was more to Sean’s overture than fatherly concern for Diana.
PhotosKeep or Cut? Vote on the Fate of Castle, Sleepy Hollow, Other ‘Bubble’ Shows
What we know but Adalind doesn’t (yet): Campaign manager and Black Claw operative Rachel is pushing Sean to polish his family-man image, »
The “Law & Order: Svu” and “Cold Case” alum will appear in an arc during the current fifth season. Per Shondaland’s typical spoiler lockdown strategy, there’s no word on Pino’s character description nor how many episodes he will appear in or when they will all air. However, since he will be recurring, he’ll be playing a role that’s more than case-of-the-week territory.
While ABC has not made any character details available upon Variety‘s request, just for fun, one point of speculation falls under the umbrella of potential love interest for Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), as her relationship with Jake (Scott Foley) is quite complicated and she has split from the president (Tony Goldwyn), who’s enjoying a new flame in the series’ recent storyline — if Fitz has a new lady, it only seems fair Ms. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Lost's Francois Chau, Cold Case's Susan Chuang, and Providence's Concetta Tomei have been cast as series regulars in NBC's untitled Matt Hubbard pilot. Hubbard, a veteran of 30 Rock, used his own life as inspiration for the project.
The single camera comedy features Andrew (Chris Smith) and Josie (Elizabeth Ho), an married interracial couple who move to Missouri to be closer to her family. 30 Rock's Kenneth, i.e. Jack McBrayer, had previously been cast in the role of Gary.
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Francois Chau, Susan Chuang and Concetta Tomei have landed series regular roles on NBC’s untitled Matt Hubbard single-camera comedy pilot starring Elizabeth Ho, Chris Smith and Jack McBrayer. Written/executive produced by 30 Rock alum Hubbard based loosely on his life, the story revolves around Andrew (Smith) and Josie (Ho), a happily married interracial couple whose lives take a turn when they move close to Josie's family in Missouri. Chau (Lost) and Chuang (Cold Case)… »
Nicholas Braun (10 Things I Hate About You) has scored the male lead opposite Suburgatory‘s Jane Levy in My Time/Your Time, CBS’ relationship comedy from How I Met Your Mother co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.
RelatedPilot Season ’16: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them
Based on the web series 7P/10E by Avital Ash, the potential series tells the story of two young lovers attempting to make their long-distance relationship work.
Braun plays the open and charming Wade, a guy who things have always come easy for — that is, until he relocates to L. »
Celluloid Dreams handles Valley of Shadows; Media Luna boards Little Wing; Indie Sales represents The Giant.
The old adage of ‘leaving them wanting more’ was certainly on display at the Works In Progress pitches at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market this year (full line-up below).
The most-anticipated pitch of the session was Johannes Nyholm’s feature debut The Giant. The director showed several scenes from the film, but refrained from showing footage of the fantastical Giant as he said the VFX was still being worked on.
Also holding back were the producers of Cold Case Hammarskjold, the latest provocative documentary from Mads Brugger (of The Ambassador and The Red Chapel fame), about the death of Swedish diplomat and author Dag Hammarskjold.
Co-producer Andreas Rocksen said the filmmakers had a new theory about how Hammarskjold’s plane went down in 1961, but he said the theory won’t be revealed until the film is ready.
Several of the »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
Cassandra Freeman (Inside Man, Single Ladies), Tracie Thoms (Cold Case, Rent), Pauletta Washington (Wilma), Daniel Bellomy, Nic Few (Major Crimes, The Exes), and Demarius Mack (Real Husbands Of Hollywood) have been cast in Lifetime original movie with the working title of The Real Mvp: The Wanda Pratt Story, based on the life of NBA star Kevin Durant’s mom. Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere’s Flavor Unit are executive producers. Production is currently underway in… »
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