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Exclusive: AMC may have cancelled drama Low Winter Sun after one season, but it is staying in business with the series’ developer/executive producer/showrunner Chris Mundy. Mundy has signed an overall deal with the network to develop new series projects. “Chris Mundy is a fantastic writer and showrunner, and once we had the opportunity to work with him directly we knew we wanted to expand our relationship,” said AMC’s Evp of programming, production and digital content Joel Stillerman. “We’re thrilled to keep him at AMC and look forward to pursuing new creative endeavors together.” Mundy adapted British miniseries Low Winter Sun and shepherded the U.S. version. Before his role as showrunner for Low Winter Sun, he served as a co-executive producer on Season 2 of another AMC drama series, Hell On Wheels. A former senior writer and contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine, Mundy has written for »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
NBC has officially given the green light to a four-hour miniseries of Rosemary's Baby which James Wong and Scott Abott are writing based on the Ira Levin novel of 1967. Agnieszka Holland (Copying Beethoven, Cold Case, The Secret Garden) is directing with a story which tells of a young married couple who, after shacking up in a Paris apartment, find out its haunted. Lionsgate Television is producing and Alix Witlin, Joshua Maurer and David Stern are serving as executive producers. NBC Entertainment's Quinn Taylor who is the Executive Vice President, Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions »
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Beautifully shot, London-set cold war thriller starring Charlie Cox as a rookie British spy who finds out his late father was also up to his neck in the game. It's 1974 and Britain is bricking it over an imminent Russian attack. A strong cast includes Romola Garai and Andrew Scott, playing fellow agent and Kgb man respectively, both of whom offer Charlie their own particular flavours of betrayal. Looming over it all is Simon Russell Beale at his beady-eyed, controlled best. Ninety minutes of tense, stylish joy. Julia Raeside
Getting Rich in the Recession: Scrappers
9pm, Channel 4
There's the Kirstie Allsopp way of doing the recession, all painting over furniture and making jam. »
- Gwilym Mumford, Julia Raeside, John Robinson, Rachel Aroesti, Hannah Verdier, Ben Arnold, David Stubbs
“Beverly Hills, CA – Beautiful sorority babes. An isolated island with nowhere to hide. A crazed killer targeting them one-by-one. Ah, the joys of higher learning… On February 11, 2014, Anchor Bay Entertainment unleashes Sorority Party Massacre, a master class in girls, gore, carnage and comedy. Guaranteed to tutor you in terror, Sorority Party Massacre will be available on DVD for an Msrp of $22.98.
An isolated town full of sexy college girls has a dangerous secret: one girl has gone missing each year for the last 20 years. A big-city cop, in danger of losing his badge, agrees to aid the town’s sheriff in investigating these unsolved disappearances. Quickly they realize that they are dealing with a psychotic killer whose brilliance has been »
- Jonathan James
Quickly they realize that they are dealing with a psychotic killer whose brilliance has been twisted into a taste for terror torture and sorority sister torment. But when this party gets started who will graduate and who will be held back Directed by Chris W. Freeman and Justin Jones and featuring a headline cast including Tom Downey (Mirror Image) Kevin Sorbo (Hercules The Legendary Journeys) Ed ORoss (Six Feet Under) Leslie Easterbrook (The Devils Rejects) Richard Moll (Cold Case) adult film legend Ron Jeremy and new Scream Queens Marissa Skell Eve Mauro and Yvette Yates Sorority Party Massacre teaches old school terror exploitation. This party is comedy camp at its shocking slashing sexy best »
The horror-comedy slasher flick Sorority Party Massacre is headed home courtesy of the fine folks over at Anchor Bay Entertainment, and right now we have your initial details on tap... free of any hazing!
From the Press Release
Beautiful sorority babes. An isolated island with nowhere to hide. A crazed killer targeting them one-by-one. Ah, the joys of higher learning...
On February 11, 2014, Anchor Bay Entertainment unleashes Sorority Party Massacre, a master class in girls, gore, carnage, and comedy. Guaranteed to tutor you in terror, Sorority Party Massacre will be available on DVD for an Msrp of $22.98.
An isolated town full of sexy college girls has a dangerous secret: One girl has gone missing each year for the last 20 years. A big-city cop, in danger of losing his badge, agrees to aid the town’s sheriff in investigating these unsolved disappearances. Quickly they realize that they are dealing with a psychotic »
- Uncle Creepy
And how could it not be? NBC's Monday crime drama is one of the season's new hits, with strong ratings (including those from post-broadcast DVR viewings, where the show has set a couple of records) and positive reviews ... and a breakout star in Boone as novice FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen, who's drawing interest and information from enigmatic ex-fugitive Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader).
"I was so elated," Boone tells Zap2it of learning she'd be teamed with Spader, since she was cast for "The Blacklist" first. "He often believes in me more than I believe in myself. I'm expected to carry the show with him, and at first, that was really a daunting task.
"James helped me to know that I could put that energy into the work that we do together. And in doing so, he established a »
Ryan Murphy has revealed to EW details about the next season of American Horror Story, including that it will be set in the past. One possibility has me excited, the other feels a little too… familiar. He also said that there won’t be a Coven spin-off series, as originally suggested.
Josh Bowman tells TV Guide that he’s hoping to leave Revenge. “I love working on the show, but I’m just being honest. My character has flip-flopped the most, and it’s been so hard for me to play,” he explains. I’d certainly miss looking at Bowman but it’s not like Daniel has had many interesting stories since Tyler was written out.
Comedy Central is developing another talk show, according to Deadline. The channel »
- Lyle Masaki
Marking the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination continues to cough up good numbers for TV networks, though, as with that old Fox one-off reality hit Alien Autopsy, it’s unclear whether viewers flocked to the “JFK” — he being our very first made-by-tv president – or the “assassination.” PBS tastefully went with “John F. Kennedy’s legendary charisma” by way of explanation this morning, while discussing the fact its early JFK-assassination programming has cumed nearly 12 million viewers. Related: The Day JFK Was Shot: 50 Years Later, Hollywood Remembers Across Monday and Tuesday last week, JFK — a two-night, four-hour American Experience special that focused on the president’s life and achievements, reached 8.6 million viewers and averaged 2.7 million of them, PBS said. But a Wednesday night Nova broadcast, Cold Case JFK, in which viewers watched contemporary forensic techniques applied to the 50-year-old murder, performed at a whopping 40% over the 9 Pm season-to-date average. That program averaged about 2.6 million viewers. »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
On Nov. 22, America marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy - and television is giving viewers plenty to think about.
"Nova: Cold Case JFK" (PBS, Wednesday, Nov. 13): With a nod to the enduring conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination, the science series enlists modern investigators with state-of-the-art forensic tools to see if they can do a better job sorting out the evidence than was done in the '60s.
"Secrets of the Dead: JFK: One Pm Central Standard Time" (PBS, Wednesday): CBS news footage chronicles the assassination minute by minute, including Walter Cronkite's emotional report of Kennedy's death.
"Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy" (TLC, Nov. 17): Actors including Laura Linney and John Krasinski bring to life some of the condolence letters written to Jacqueline Kennedy after her husband's death.
"Where Were You? The Day JFK Died Reported by Tom Brokaw" (NBC, »
The 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is on Nov. 22, and TV programming related to the anniversary will be hard to escape all month long.
Here's a rundown of some of the specials, movies and other retrospectives on JFK and his death that are airing in November. All times Eastern.
Friday, Nov. 8
"JFK: The Lost Bullet" (Nat Geo, 7 p.m.): Using remastered home movies from the scene of the Kennedy assassination, this hour-long special looks for evidence that may have been missed in earlier viewings.
"JFK: The Final Hours" (Nat Geo, 8 p.m.): Actor Bill Paxton, who as an 8-year-old saw Kennedy deliver one of his final speeches in Fort Worth, Texas, on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963, hosts this two-hour documentary retracing the final day of JFK's life via accounts of those who were with him.
"JFK: The Smoking Gun" (Reelz, 8 p.m.): »
It’s hardly a surprise to see a reality-tv show pretty slavishly seek to replicate scripted drama, and particularly its most durable genre, the crime procedural. What’s notable, at least this month, is how brazen and sometimes lazy producers and networks have become about it.
In 2010, Jerry Bruckheimer produced a short-lived NBC drama titled “Chase,” about a fugitive-apprehension team of U.S. Marshals, spearheaded by a couple of Texans and patrolling the Southwest. Beginning Nov. 26, TNT is essentially remaking it on the cheap, with the reality show “Marshal Law: Texas,” centering on “the elite Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force” and produced by … Jerry Bruckheimer.
“Marshal Law’s” competition will include “A Crime to Remember,” an Investigation Discovery series that premieres two weeks earlier and which makes no bones about its inspiration in revisiting crimes from the 1950s and ‘60s: Originally titled “The Bad Old Days” – and featuring »
- Brian Lowry
Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn's Blanc/Biehn Productions announced today that Angus Macfadyen (Braveheart, Saw III/IV) has joined their production of She Rises, in which the pair will also co-star.
Along with Macfadyen (pictured), Biehn, and Blanc-Biehn, Daisy McCrackin ("Cold Case," Halloween: Resurrection) will appear as the main character, Rosebud. Larry Wade Carrell is slated to direct She Rises, which will begin filming in mid-December 2013 in Los Angeles.
As with previous Bbp films, Lony Ruhmann exec produces, and Randy Chance will be managing composition. Jon Artigo will edit, and Danielle Artigo will assist Blanc/Biehn Productions on the producing side.
“We are very fortunate and thrilled to have Angus Macfadyen join our production of She Rises,” said Jennifer Blanc Biehn. “As an independent production company, it is very gratifying and validating to be supported by our peers in the acting community. We can’t wait to start production »
- Debi Moore
Though he’s left starring roles in TV series behind for the time being, Steve Carell is not ditching the small screen altogether. He and his wife Nancy are now setting up a pilot for police comedy Tribeca at Us channel TBS.Produced by Carell’s Carousel Television arm, Tribeca will be a satirical look at the likes of CSI and Cold Case. It follows Angie Tribeca, a veteran Lapd officer working with the department’s Rhcu – the Really Heinous Crimes Unit – and will probe the eccentric yet brilliant team who investigate crimes, share too much personal info and won’t stop until they figured out the case.Carell and his wife are writers and executive producers on the pilot, and the actor will also direct that key first episode. Given Carell’s experience writing and directing episodes of the Us take on The Office, we’ve got hopes it could be funny, »
Us film and TV producer to receive lifetime award at TV festival.
Jerry Bruckheimer is to receive the Honorary Golden Nymph Award at the 54th Annual Monte-Carlo Television Festival recognizing his lifetime achievements in film and television.
The presentation will be made by Prince Albert of Monaco at the Opening Ceremony of festival, which runs June 7-11, 2014.
In the 2005-06 season, Bruckheimer had a record-breaking 10 series on network television.
His projects have collectively received 41 Academy Award nominations (six wins), 118 Emmy Award nominations (22 wins), 23 Golden Globe nominations (four wins) and 30 People’s Choice Awards nominations (15 wins) among others.
Others to receive the Honorary Golden Nymph Award includ Dick Wolf, Anne Sweeney »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, already slated to accept an American Cinematheque award in December, will be feted again with the Honorary Golden Nymph Award at the 54th annual Monte-Carlo Television Festival.
Fest CEO Laurent Puons made the announcement Tuesday that H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco will present the award during the opening ceremony of the festival, which runs in June 7-11 in Monte Carlo.
Bruckheimer’s films, which include “Top Gun,” “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, have culled $16 billion worldwide. His television work includes the long-running “CSI” franchise, “Without a Trace,” “Cold Case,” “Dark Blue,” “The Amazing Race” and “Hostages.”
Bruckheimer’s films and movies have also earned 41 Academy Award nominations with six wins, 118 Emmy noms with 22 wins and 23 Golden Globe noms with four wins.
“If it is possible for a producer to become a worldwide brand, Jerry Bruckheimer is that producer,” Puons said in a statement. »
- Alex Stedman
The prolific producer already is in line for an American Cinematheque honor in December, now Jerry Bruckheimer is getting the small-screen fete treatment. The Monte Carlo Television Festival said this morning that he will receive the Honorary Golden Nymph Award for career achievement during its 54th edition in June. Bruckheimer’s long list of TV credits range from such stalwarts as the CSI franchise and The Amazing Race to Without a Trace, Cold Case and freshman drama Hostages. Related: CBS Buys Jerry Bruckheimer-Produced Mystery Drama »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Here at TheBacklot.com we spend a lot of time celebrating gay and bi men in the spotlight: actors, singers, dancers, sportsmen, and personalities are splashed across our pages like so much red paint at an all-fur fashion show. While we will never tire of the Neil Patrick Harrises and Chris Colfers of the world, we thought it was high time we paid due credit to some of the more unsung gay heroes: the guys behind the cameras of some of television’s best shows. In that light, we are proud to unveil TheBacklot 40, our celebration of 40 of the hardest-working and most influential out men working behind the scenes in TV.
These are the men who create and run some of our favorite shows, have written some of our most beloved gay characters, and have shepherded gay-inclusive stories to screen long before it was fashionable. Some will be familiar, but »
- Brian Juergens
Brandon Scott (Grey's Anatomy) has landed a series regular role in the ABC Family workplace comedy pilot Work Mom from creators Grant Levy and Dominik Rothbard (Bunheads). Work Mom follows a young woman named Heather (played by Renee Olstead), who hires her recently unemployed mother (played by Emily Rutherfurd) to work for her after she gets a promotion. Brandon Scott will play a character named Craig, who is described as an employee at the company where Heather and her mother work, who possesses a sweetness and idealism in his approach to both people and work, but just not to his personal life. He's also attracted to Heather, although he hasn't let her know directly, and she isn't aware of his interest. ABC Family picked up the series over the summer. Brandon Scott, who also shot the Bet comedy pilot What Would Dylan Do, has worked primarily in TV, appearing in shows like NCIS: La, »
- Natasha Greeves
What did you think of Munch’s big send-off? Drop a comment with your favorite Richard Belzer memories.
I hope you got a good look at Cold Case Sergeant John Munch tonight, Law & Order: Svu fans, because you won’t be seeing very much of him anymore. Richard Belzer said his goodbyes on the NBC procedural’s Oct. 16 episode, which included a celebration of the character’s distinguished career, spanning two decades and two different series.
Munch’s speech at his retirement ‘celebration’ was short, sweet and to the point — just like Munch has always been on Svu. The show certainly won’t be the same moving forward, but fans will move forward, just as they always have.
Take Our Poll John Munch: A History Lesson
America first met — and subsequently fell in love with — Munch as a homicide detective on NBC’s Homicide: Life On The Street, which premiered Jan. »
- Andy Swift
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