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In April 2004, ABC was wrapping its third consecutive season in last place among adults 18-49. Then-rising star Disney cable executive Anne Sweeney was brought in, greatly expanding her portfolio to include the struggling broadcast network and its sister studio along with her oversight of Disney’s cable properties. She’s had successes — most notably the gutsy 2010 move to install Ben Sherwood, then considered a polarizing figure, as head of ABC News, as he went on to revitalize Good Morning America and take the morning ratings lead away from incumbent Today. (Sherwood’s morning success has him already tipped for a Jeff Zucker-type career trajectory to a big network job at ABC.) Related: Disney/ABC TV Group President Anne Sweeney To Exit In January 2015 To Become TV Director But there has been little change in primetime. There was an initial momentum brought in by three shows developed by the dismissed »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
When The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered in 2006, the show was nothing more than a harmless look at the lives of wealthy women living in a gated community in Southern California with their families. The show was a response to the popular ABC series Desperate Housewives and America’s growing love of reality TV at the time. People became so invested in the scripted TV characters that it was easy to get invested in their real-life counterparts because they were so similar (you know, aside from all the murder on Wisteria Lane).
But as the years went on, the »
- Jake Perlman
ABC had put an end to its string of low-rated drama premieres as “Resurrection” — despite facing AMC’s own back-from-the-dead drama “The Walking Dead” — opened to strong numbers Sunday night. It built nicely on its “Once Upon a Time” lead-in and was easily the evening’s top broadcast program as the net won the night in demos.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Resurrection” averaged a 3.6 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 13.3 million viewers overall in the 9 o’clock hour, making it a close second to NBC’s “The Blacklist” as the top drama series launch of the season in 18-49. The 3.6 rating for “Resurrection” is 33% higher than the combined scores for the first three dramas ABC rolled out in 2014 — a 2.7 for “The Assets” (0.7), “Killer Women” (0.9) and “Mind Games” (1.1).
In its time period, “Resurrection” gave ABC its best regular series performance in adults 18-49 in the Sunday 9 p.m. »
- Rick Kissell
Air Date/Time: March 10, 2014, 10/9c
Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron
Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, see the future … since she was born, Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) has had gifts she could neither fully understand nor control. But now that she is 10 years old, her powers have become stronger and the threat from malevolent forces that would use her abilities to control the world has grown more dangerous. With her life and future in jeopardy, Bo’s protector, Milton Winter (Delroy Lindo, “The Chicago Code”), turns to an unlikely source to keep her safe — Tate (Jake McLaughlin, “Crash”), a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who’s lost his will.
Tate and Bo begin an extraordinary journey, one in which trust must be earned. On the run and traveling from city to city, every place they stop and »
- Erin Willard
Tony winner Harriet Harris (Desperate Housewives) has been cast in NBC’s multi-camera pilot Lifesaver. The odd couple comedy centers on the uptight, controlling and a bit neurotic Dr. Graham Permenter (Cgristian Borle) and loose cannon Leon (Jonathan Ryland), who become inextricably linked after Leon saves Graham’s life by giving him a kidney. Harris, repped by Brs/Gage, plays Christian’s mother Liz Parmenter. She recently finished a run in the original cast of Cinderella on Broadway. Related: 2014 NBC Pilots Dana DeLorenzo and Kim Shaw have booked NBC’s comedy pilot Two To Go. It centers on longtime best friends Kurt (Michael Stahl-David) and Laura (Christine Woods), who grapple with the challenges of modern-day dating while their group of friends try to prove that they are destined to be together. DeLorenzo, repped by TalentWorks, 3 Arts, and attorney Lev Ginsburg, and Shaw, repped by Innovative, Marilyn Glasser and Klwgn, play »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Katie Holmes may return to television in her first series regular role since “Dawson's Creek.” The actress has joined ABC's untitled drama pilot from Richard Lagravenese, a representative for Holmes told TheWrap. Set in New York City, the project revolves around the love and rivalry between two equally matched, powerful socialites who play out their obsessive attraction and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others. Also read: ‘Desperate Housewives’ Felicity Huffman Joins ABC Pilot From '12 Years a Slave’ Writer Holmes will play Ann, an educated NYC blueblood who has never used her place in society for power. »
- Jethro Nededog
Felicity Huffman may return to ABC. The “Desperate Housewives” actress has been cast on drama pilot “American Crime,” a representative for Huffman told TheWrap. From “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley, “American Crime” follows the personal lives of the players involved in a racially-charged trial as their worlds are turned upside down. Also read: Brooke Burke-Charvet Fired From ABC's ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Huffman will play Barb Skokie, the ex-wife of Russ (“Leverage” star Timothy Hutton) and mother of the young man who was killed. Best known for her role as Lynette Scavo on ABC's “Desperate Housewives” for eight seasons, »
- Jethro Nededog
A desperate housewife may return to ABC.
Felicity Huffman — who played Lynette Scavo on the long-running ABC drama Desperate Housewives — is set to headline the American Crime pilot opposite Timothy Hutton (Leverage). Executive produced by Oscar-winning John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), the drama pilot focuses on the murder of a war veteran and the trial that follows.
Huffman will play Barb Skokie, the ex-wife of Russ (Hutton) and mother of the young man who was killed. »
- Lynette Rice
Former Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman is back at ABC with a lead role in another hourlong project, pilot American Crime. Huffman has closed a deal to play the female lead opposite Timothy Hutton in the drama, written and exec produced by 12 Years A Slave‘s John Ridley. It centers on the racially charged murder of a war veteran and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the players involved. Huffman will play Barb Skokie, Russ’ (Hutton) stoic ex-wife and mother of the killed young man, Matt. She raised her two sons alone in public housing while her husband was off gambling. She still resents living as the only single white woman in a racially charged environment and being treated accordingly by the other occupants. Determined to hold someone accountable for Matt’s murder, Barb plans to stay close to the investigation and get answers. Related: »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
ABC's John Ridley drama American Crime has found its leading lady in a familiar face. Desperate Housewives alum Felicity Huffman is set as the female lead in the drama from 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner John Ridley, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The drama pilot, written, exec produced and directed by Ridley, examines the personal lives of the players involved in a racially charged trial as their worlds are turned upside down. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 Huffman will star as Barb Skokie, Russ' (Leverage's Timothy Hutton) stoic ex-wife who raised her two sons, Mark and Matt,
- Lesley Goldberg
When high school superstar John Tucker is exposed as a three-timing dog, his jilted exes vow to get even. Their vendetta doesn't quite go to plan, so it's up to new girl Kate to break his heart on their behalf. Undemanding and proud of it, this bubblegum romcom makes the odd pop thanks to some daft see-'em-a-mile-off gags and a good-looking cast led by Desperate Housewives hunk Jesse Metcalfe and pop diva Ashanti. »
The pilot, from "12 Years a Slave" Oscar winner John Ridley, is about a racially charged murder trial in California's Central Valley and its effect on those involved. Hutton, formerly of TNT's "Leverage," will play the father of the murder victim. His character is a gambling addict who has managed to turn his life around.
Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives") is in talks to play Hutton's wife, and Penelope Ann Miller has signed on to play the mother of the victim's wife, who was badly beaten when her husband was killed. The cast also includes Benito Martinez ("The Shield"), W. Earl Brown ("Deadwood"), Caitlin Gerard, Elvis Nolasco and Richard Cabral.
Other pilot casting:
Feature Sarah Dobbs 5 Mar 2014 - 07:00
It’s been about a decade since the last episode of Angel, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off series about the vampire with a soul, aired. The final episode of season five, Not Fade Away, first appeared on Us television screens on 19 May 2004. That seems simultaneously like a very long time ago, and not very long ago at all, because time is vast and human brains are small and fallible, but it’s safe to say that in TV years, it’s a pretty long goddamned time.
The men and women behind the characters we used to spend one night a week with have gone on to other things – some bigger and better, others kind of rubbish – and unless you’re a particularly obsessive superfan, you »
“The Odd Couple” could be coming back to the small screen … in Matthew Perry form. Also read: Pilot Season 2014: TheWrap’s Complete Network Guide CBS has given a pilot order to a reboot of the Neil Simon play-turned TV series, with former “Friends”-ter Matthew Perry starring, as well as co-writing and executive producing. Perry is co-writing the half-hour project with Joe Keenan (“Desperate Housewives,” “Frasier.”) Also read: Jamie Lee Curtis Joins CBS’s New Drama Pilot CBS Television Studios is producing the project, which is also being executive produced by Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum, as well as Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman. »
- Tim Kenneally
Felix and Oscar took a big step forward to being back in prime-time.
CBS has greenlit a pilot for its The Odd Couple remake starring Matthew Perry. There’s no story details yet, with CBS simply saying the project based on Neil Simon’s Broadway classic about two mismatched roommates — the perfectionist Felix Unger (not yet cast) and lackadaisical Oscar Madison (Perry). There’s previously been a 1965 play version, a 1968 film and a 1970-75 series (starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall).
The Odd Couple marks Perry’s third attempt in recent years at a new sitcom project, following ABC’s »
- James Hibberd
Desperate Housewives alum Teri Hatcher is getting Twisted. The actress makes her directorial debut in the March 11 episode of the ABC Family teen drama, currently airing its rookie season. The Hollywood Reporter debuts behind-the-scenes photos of Hatcher at work. In the hour, titled "The Son Also Falls," Jo (Maddie Hasson) realizes she must move on without Danny (Avan Jogia) and does so by running for student body president -- surprising everyone, including herself -- which complicates matters with Rico (Ashton Moio) and his girlfriend, who is vying for the presidency. This marks the first time Hatcher will be
- Philiana Ng
The 38-year-old actress added that having kids is not on the horizon right now, so it's not something she thinks about. (Ani) »
- Rahul Kapoor
The ninety minute film follows the story of Howard Holloway (Gregg) as a failed child actor turned agent whose strong morals continue to make him unsuccessful in life, all until he meets teen actress Lydia (played by Saxon Sharbino), a fourteen year old talented actress whose alcoholic father is a major setback in her life. Howard promises himself that he won’t let the chance of a lifetime to represent Lydia slip away in this captivating black comedy about a generally ruthless business.
The film stars not only Gregg and Sharbino but also Amanda Peet, Felicity Huffman, Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Molly Shannon and Paul Sparks and was produced by Keith Kjarval, Aaron Gilbert, Mary Vernieu and many more. »
- Catherina Gioino
Los Angeles, Feb 20: Actress Eva Longoria, known for long, caramel-highlighted locks, has opted for bangs to get a different look.
The "Desperate Housewives" star's new fringe gives her a youthful and bohemian vibe, reports people.com.
Her bangs are long enough to touch her eyebrows.
The cut can easily make her wear her hair straight or wavy. She also got a few inches trimmed off the bottom of her long tresses, further adding to the more low-key and low-maintenance vibe.
- Machan Kumar
“Redding House Asylum. For some, it’s a distant reminder of a time when medical treatment of the clinically insane bordered on torture. For an unsuspecting group of college students, it’s the first stop on a journey into terror! On May 20th, Anchor Bay Entertainment unlocks House of Dust on DVD. The chilling possession shocker features a hot young cast including Inbar Lavi (Street Kings 2: Motor City, Underemployed), Steven Grayhm (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Eddie Hassell (The Kids are Alright, Jobs), Holland Roden (“Teen Wolf”), John Lee Ames (Days of Darkness), Alesandra Assante, Joy Lauren (“Desperate Housewives”), Nicole Travolta (“Two and a Half Men”) and Stephen Spinella (“24”). House of Dust is priced to own with a $19.98 Srp.
Emma (Lavi) is one of the bright new faces at Camden College. »
- Jonathan James
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