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- Robert Buckley is headed back to The CW, as the "One Tree Hill" alum just landed the lead role in Rob Thomas' "iZombie." In the new one-hour drama, Buckley will take on the role of Major, a former college football player-turned-environmental engineer who is the former fiancé of Liv (yet to be cast). Based on the DC Comics' property of the same name, "iZombie" focuses on a med student-turned-zombie who works in a coroner's office to get brains she reluctantly eats to maintain her humanity. Buckley joins the previously cast David Anders, Malcolm Goodwin and Alexandra Krosney.
- Want to catch up on "Orphan Black" before Season 2 premieres on April 19? Then get yourself an Amazon Prime subscription, stat. The series is streaming exclusively on the service, and will be the online home for Season 1 and future seasons of the BBC America thriller.
The CW has yet to cast the female lead in its pilot for "iZombie," but another male actor has joined the fray as Robert Buckley ("One Tree Hill," "666 Park Avenue") signs on to play a character named Major.
You may recall that "iZombie" is a supernatural crime procedural that centers on Liv, a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories.
With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.
Per THR, Buckley's Major is Liv's former fiancé, who is trying to transition back to being her friend despite still being in love with her. He's a former college football player-turned-environmental engineer who is extremely likable. »
- Debi Moore
Robert Buckley is coming back to the CW. The One Tree Hill star has landed the lead role in one of the network's most buzzed-about new projects, Rob Thomas' iZombie, E! News has learned. Two of our favorite TV Robs in one project? Count us in! In the Veronica Mars' creator's new one-hour drama, Buckley will take on the role of Major, a former college football player-turned-environmental engineer who is the former fiancé of Liv (yet to be cast). While he's still in love with her, Major is attempting to make the transition to the friend zone and is described as perfect in a non-annoying way. (So...basically Robert Buckley?!) Based on the DC Comics' property of the same name, »
One Tree Hill's Robert Buckley is returning to The CW. The actor has boarded the network's Rob Thomas adaptation of iZombie, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 The supernatural crime procedural, based on the DC Comics title of the same name, centers on Liv, a medical student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the Coroner's Office in order to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat so that she can maintain her humanity. However, with every brain she eats, she inherits the corpse's memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss
- Lesley Goldberg
“One Tree Hill’s” Robert Buckley will play Major, the former fiance of med student-turned-zombie Liv who is helping his friend transition into her new life of working in a coroner’s office and solving homicides. A former college football player who is now an environmental engineer, Major is described as “perfect in an awe-inspiring, non-annoying way.” Naturally, he still harbors romantic feelings for his heroine.
Buckley joins cast members David Anders, Malcolm J. Goodwin and Alexandra Krosney in the one-hour drama that’s executive produced by scribes Thomas and Ruggiero (“Veronica Mars”), as well as Dan Etheridge and Danielle Stokdyk, for Warner Bros. TV. Thomas is also helming the pilot.
The part of titular zombie Liv has not been cast. »
- Whitney Friedlander
One Tree Hill alum Robert Buckley has been set as a series regular in Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero’s CW drama pilot iZombie, from Warner Bros. TV. iZombie is a supernatural crime procedural that centers on a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. Buckley, repped by Wme and Interlink Management, will play Major, Liz’s former fiance who is trying to make the transition to friend. Joshua Gomez (Chuck) and Tate Ellington (Remember Me) have been cast in NBC’s pilot Ellen More Or Less, written/exec produced by Jj Philbin, directed by Peyton Reed and exec produced by Jason Katims and Michelle Lee. The single-camera comedy, from Universal TV and Katims’ True Jack Productions, centers on Ellen »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Los Angeles, March 8: Actress Elizabeth Hurley will be seen as a fictional queen in the upcoming royal drama "The Royals", which will go on air next year.
Hurley portrays Queen Helena in the series about a fictional British royal family, reports contactmusic.com.
- Diksha Singh
E! is known for covering (and contributing to) real-life celebrity obsessions, so it’s probably no surprise that its first original scripted series will also focus on lifestyles of the rich and powerful. The entertainment network announced recently that it has greenlit The Royals, a one-hour drama about a fictional British royal family in modern-day London. The series is set to premiere in 2015, and will star Elizabeth Hurley (who plays Queen Helena), William Moseley (son Liam), Alexandra Park (daughter Eleanor) and Vincent Regan (King Simon). Executive-produced, written and directed by Mark Schwann (One Tree Hill) and executive-produced by Brian Robbins … Continue reading →
The post E! is working on its first original scripted series, “The Royals” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
E! is getting into the scripted series game, and right out of the gate the network is promising major drama.
On Thursday (March 6), E! greenlit "The Royals," an hour-long original scripted series from producers of "One Tree Hill" and "Smallville." It is set to premiere in 2015.
The series focuses on a fictional British Royal family set in modern-day London. The family "inhabits a world of opulence and regal tradition that caters to any and every desire, but one that also comes with a price tag of duty, destiny and intense public scrutiny." The family must deal with secrets, romance and high-stakes politics.
"The Royals" stars Elizabeth Hurley, Vincent Regan, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Tom Austen, Jake Maskall, Ukweli Roach and Oliver Milburn, and is executive produced, written and directed by Mark Schwahn ("One Tree Hill"). Brian Robbins and Joe Davola ("One Tree Hill," "Smallville") also executive produce.
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E! is getting into the scripted biz by ordering a series about a fictional British royal family.
Set in — and filmed in — modern London, The Royals will star Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena, who fiercely protects the family image. The cast also includes Vincent Regan, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Tom Austen, Jake Maskall, Ukweli Roach and Oliver Milburn. Here’s the official network description: The Royals pits public perception of the royal family against the reality of life inside the castle walls, from the lavish parties and high stakes political summits, to the private family gatherings and secret romances. However »
- Lynette Rice
According to Deadline, E! has picked up its very first scripted series (well, if you don't count any of the Kardashian-centric shows). "The Royals" is a one-hour drama about a fictional bunch of British royals set in modern-day London. The show is supposed to be framed by the story of "Hamlet" and capture the "regal opulense" of the British monarchy. Produced by Brian Robbins and Joe Davola, the show was created by "One Tree Hill"'s Mark Schwann, who wrote and directed "The Royals." E! is clearly going whole hog with "The Royals," which will be shot in Great Britain. The show stars Elizabeth Hurley, Vincent Regan, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Tom Austen, Jake Maskall, Ukweli Roach and Oliver Milburn. The story centers on Prince Liam (Moseley), who moves up a notch in the pecking order after his brother is killed in a military training accident. Liam loves a young American woman, »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Get ready to meet The Royals. E! will introduce viewers to a new royal family with its first original scripted series starring Elizabeth Hurley and William Moseley. The one-hour drama hails from Lionsgate and follows a modern-day royal family and also stars Alexandra Park and Vincent Regan. Mark Schwahn of One Tree Hill fame will serve as writer, director and executive producer. Smallville and One Tree Hill veterans Brian Robbins and Joe Davola are also executive producers. "We are excited that E!'s first original scripted series will transport viewers into a world that they are already intensely interested in, but reality cameras would never give them access to. The Royals will offer a fictional look behind »
E! is making a regal entry into scripted programming. The network has picked up one of its first two scripted pilots, The Royals starring Elizabeth Hurley, to series. The one-hour drama, about a fictional British Royal family set in modern London that is informed by the regal opulence of the British monarchy and framed by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, hails from Lionsgate and a trio of One Tree Hill alums. Oth creator Mark Schwahn wrote and directed Royals, which he is executive producing with Brian Robbins and Joe Davola. Getting reality focused E! into the scripted space had been a priority for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment topper Bonnie Hammer. Sibling cable channel Bravo had been put on a similar path and just greenlighted its first scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce. E!’s second pilot, musical drama Songbyrd, remains in contention. “The Royals will offer a fictional look behind the very public »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
E! has crowned the Elizabeth Hurley starrer “The Royals,” revolving around a fictional British royal family, as its first scripted drama series.
The NBCUniversal cabler has been focused on launching a scripted series for some time. The Lionsgate TV production from writer-director Mark Schwahn, is slated to be shot in the U.K. and air next year. Brian Robbins and Joe Davola, who worked with Schwahn on the long-running WB/CW drama “One Tree Hill,” will exec produce with Schwahn.
“Royals” is described as a sweeping ensembler set in London that revolves around the high-class hurly-burly of modern life in the fishbowl for the regal set. Hurley plays the demanding matriarch Queen Helena. William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Vincent Regan, Tom Austen, Jake Maskall, Ukweli Roach and Oliver Milburn also star.
” ‘The Royals’ will offer a fictional look behind the very public gilded facade of the palace gates to imagine the private, »
- Cynthia Littleton
More than two years after E! first vowed to expand into scripted programming, the cable network has made good on its promise. The NBCUniversal-owned cabler has picked up its first original scripted series with The Royals, from One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Royals is an hourlong drama about a fictional British royal family in modern-day London. Produced by Lionsgate, the series will premiere in 2015 and is executive produced, written and directed by Schwahn. Brian Robbins and Joe Davola (One Tree Hill, Smallville) are also on board as executive producers on
- Lesley Goldberg
E! has just greenlit its first original scripted series. From Lionsgate, the one-hour drama “The Royals,” starring Elizabeth Hurley, is set to premiere in 2015. The series is executive produced, written and directed by Mark Schwahn (“One Tree Hill”), and executive produced by Brian Robbins and Joe Davola (“One Tree Hill,” “Smallville”). “The Royals” follows a modern day British royal family and sheds light on their lives both in the public eye and in their personal moments. Also read: Giuliana Rancic's E! Interview Show Debuting With Demi Lovato Sitdown “We are excited that E!'s first original scripted series will »
- Jethro Nededog
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Do you enjoy watching beautiful people cry about their problems? Clear some space on your DVR and put the next few episodes of House of Cards on the back burner. You’ve got some serious binge-watching to do.
High school is hard for anyone, and yet television is the one place that can make us feel lucky we don’t have the weight of the world, old-money familial expectations or supernatural super powers on our shoulders. The last 25 years have seen highly addicting soap operas for the teenage set–as dangerous to one’s mental health as Jessie Spano’s caffeine pills. These shows are usually delivered in prime-time, with accompanying soundtracks to deepen your connection, and then-unknown guest stars whose eventual stardom will justify those past viewing decisions.
We were captivated by their lives, hurt when they hurt and meticulously kept track of the various pregnancies, »
- Emily Exton
Natalie is described as a troublemaker and a paranormal girl who really doesn't like humans much, according to TVGuide.com. She will appear in the season's final three episodes and will quickly strike up a friendship -- and maybe something more -- with Russell (Aaron Yoo). Together, the evolved-but-felonious couple will have some fun on a crime spree. But then Natalie may threaten to join Ultra, turning against her own people.
Prior to her work in the "Hunger Games" movie (in which she plays a "career" tribute from one of the wealthier districts), Rambin appeared in several movies and TV shows. Her resume includes recurring roles on "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "All My Children," "Grey's Anatomy," "Wizards of Waverly Place, »
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• Read Rebecca Nicholson's episode seven blogpost
I'd like to dedicate this blog to Patti LuPone, who, over the course of one too-brief scene, became one of my favourite people. (Mostly as a result of to answering the question, "What's your favourite form of physical exercise?" with "Sleeping.") This was another top-notch, very funny episode, as Hannah worried about losing Adam, Marnie actually lost Ray, Jessa lost any pretence of sobriety and Shoshanna, presumably, didn't do much so she could recover from losing her shit at everyone last week.
It turns out that Hannah is getting paid a lot to spend a night in a suite »
- Rebecca Nicholson
Exclusive: Under the first-look deal, Chosen creators/Eps Ben Ketai (Beneath) and Ryan Lewis (Fat Kid Rules The World) will develop additional scripted projects for the multi-platform entertainment network. Sony-owned Crackle announced in December it had greenlit Chosen for a third season. Star Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill) is returning and Rose McGowan (Charmed) has boarded the project as new character Josie Acosta. Sarah Roemer, Brandon Routh, and Caitlin Carmichael also will be back for the six-episode third season which will premiere at once later this year on the digital network. Milo Ventimiglia produces alongside Ketai and Lewis. The Crackle agreement is with Ketai and Lewis’ production company, Apa-repped Dissident Pictures. Apa brokered the deal along with Lewis’ attorney, Paul Miloknay. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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