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So let's tally up some of the highs and lows of tonight's Emmy awards (here are all your winners): Jon Hamm finally won an Emmy for playing Don Draper. Amy Poehler never won an Emmy for playing Leslie Knope. Viola Davis made history by becoming the first African-American actress to win a drama lead actress Emmy, and gave a scorching, beautiful speech about it. "Game of Thrones" made history by winning the most Emmys in a single year for anyone series, but for its weakest season to date. Andy Samberg bombed in the room as host, though seemed to be doing much better with a certain brand of comedy fan at home. HBO absolutely dominated, walking away with the winners for best comedy ("Veep"), best drama ("Game of Thrones"), best made-for-television movie ("Bessie"), and best limited series ("Olive Kitteridge"). And it'll almost certainly win the variety talk show award »
- Alan Sepinwall
Returns Friday, October 16th at 10pm (Et) on Cinemax
Premise: In 1900s New York, the Knickerbocker Hospital is at the front of pioneering new medical techniques, headed by the brilliant yet troubled John “Thack” Thackeray (Clive Owen). Dealing with budgetary issues, high mortality rates, racism, and their own personal demons, the staff of the Knick fights to keep their heads above water and create modern medicine in the process.
Where We Are: Season two starts this fall; 10 episodes have already aired
What You Need To Know: Essentially a medical procedural that happens to be set at the turn of the century, The Knick is home to as many dysfunctional individuals, secrets, and prejudices as E.R. or Grey’s Anatomy. Thack balances being a revolutionary surgeon with addictions to cocaine and morphine, as well as a taste for experimental treatments that Dr. House would regard respectfully. »
- Les Chappell
On that date, both the Sneaky Pete and Casanova pilots will be available to all Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers in the U.S., UK, and Germany. Soon afterwards, the pilots will be joined by others in Amazon’s recent round of its pilot program. Prime users will then be able to vote on their favorite pilots, which Amazon will greenlight as full series orders.
Sneaky Pete, which Amazon was reportedly courting back in June 2015, comes from executive producers Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House M.D.). The Amazon original series’ story centers around a released-from-prison conman, played by Giovanni Ribisi, who takes his old cellmate Pete’s identity and gets sucked into his family’s bail bond business. »
- Bree Brouwer
Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta takes a step closer to the big screen, as a writer is hired for her first movie...
For some time, there have been plans to bring the best-selling series of Kay Scarpetta books by Patricia Cornwell to the big screen. And now it seems there may have been some progress.
Liz Friedman has now been hired to produce a screenplay based on the crime novels series, and Fox 2000 has also hired Melissa Rosenberg - a writer on the Twilight Saga and Marvel's Jessica Jones - to produce the film.
We're still a long way away from Scarpetta getting to the screen of course, and there's the small matter of a director to find. That's even before we »
A modestly budgeted, female driven, adult-targeted potential franchise launching serial killer thriller feature. It's something that Hollywood hasn't really done much of since the late 1990s, back in the days when the two A.J.'s (Ashley Judd & Angeline Jolie) had book adaptations like "Kiss the Girls" and "The Bone Collector" tailored for them into solid little films.
One adaptation of a crime thriller novel series long in the works has been that of the Kay Scarpetta character from acclaimed author Patricia Cornwell. Fox 2000 acquired the film rights to the sixteen books (at the time) featuring the opera-loving workaholic coroner in 2009.
The plan was to craft an original forensic science-centric story based on the character rather than a direct adaptation of one specific novel such as "The Body Farm" or "From Potter's Field". It was also being shaped as a vehicle for Jolie, and would've kept the dark and grizzly tone of the books. »
- Garth Franklin
Amazon Instant Video may have a new pilot to test with viewers. The streaming video-on-demand service is reportedly in talks to pick up the drama pilot Sneaky Pete from executive producers and co-writers Bryan Cranston (of Breaking Bad fame) and David Shore (House M.D.).
Inside sources told Variety, who originally broke the story, Amazon is considering adding Sneaky Pete, originally produced for CBS, to its next round of pilots. Adding the title to the mix would allow Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers to decide whether or not they want the pilot to be developed into a full series.
However, if Amazon does pick up Sneaky Pete, the streaming service would be following the practices of competitors Netflix and Hulu. Both those video subscriptions routinely pick up cancelled shows from traditional television networks (as was the case with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Mindy Project).
Produced by Cranston’s Moon Shot Entertainment »
- Bree Brouwer
Many shows live and die by their main character’s ability to make you stop caring about anything else that might be sub-par. You may need a semblance of general story, depending on how hard you push the episodic nature of the show, but if you have the right lead, you only need above-average plot lines to keep people in their seats.
Stitchers has a lot in common with House M.D. in this regard. The cases were often intriguing, and though the perpetual doubt of House’s abilities grew tiring, the overall arc was pretty good. Still, Hugh Laurie made the show.
The plot of Stitchers is a “sci-fi fun” one, which for ABC Family means it balances the “need to know” with the “just play along,” and it doesn’t overwork the complexities of things, nor does it talk down to the audience… much. It’s solid, though perhaps »
- Marc Eastman
When Tom James (Hugh Laurie) joined Selina Meyer’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) campaign on Veep, everyone congratulated her for making such a great choice. The same can and should be said for Veep in bringing Hugh Laurie back to our TV screeners. In a complete contrast to Dr. House, though, Laurie as James is so affable and friendly that everyone absolutely adores him — so much so, that Selina worries he’s taking the spotlight away from her as Potus. As one headline says, “Tom James: The Best Potus We Never Had.” “Don’t show that one [to Selina],” her personal assistant suggests. [caption id="attachment_465481" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via HBO[/caption] One of the things that makes HBO’s biting satire so great is that it feels like it could be real: that politics are petty and full of mistrust, and no real friendships or connections can be made because of a constant jockeying for power. Despite that, »
- Allison Keene
There may be no more reliable leading actor working in Hollywood today than Bradley Cooper, who recently led Clint Eastwood's excellent, woefully misunderstood mega-hit American Sniper and provided the voice of Rocket Raccoon in some movie called Guardians of the Galaxy. This year, he's already been seen in the slightly underrated Serena and will lead both Cameron Crowe's Aloha and David O. Russell's Joy. On top of this, he will be co-starring in Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and, as Deadline has reported, will be featured in a recurring supporting role in CBS's full-series adaptation of Limitless, the 2011 supernatural thriller starring Cooper. As reported awhile ago, Cooper will be producing the series as well, which casts relative newcomer Jake McDormand as Brian Finch, a young man who discovers and starts taking Nzt, a drug that unlocks untapped potential in the human brain. [caption id="attachment_81235" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Relativity[/caption] »
- Chris Cabin
Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen dead at 48 Nicholas Kallsen, who was featured opposite Brad Pitt in the short-lived television series Glory Days, has died at age 48 in Thailand according to online reports. Their source is one of Rupert Murdoch's rags, citing a Facebook posting by one of the actor's friends. The cause of death was purportedly – no specific source was provided – a drug overdose.* Aired on Fox in July 1990, Glory Days told the story of four high-school friends whose paths take different directions after graduation. Besides Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt, the show also featured Spike Alexander and Evan Mirand. Glory Days lasted a mere six episodes – two of which directed by former Happy Days actor Anson Williams – before its cancellation. Roommates Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt vying for same 'Thelma & Louise' role? The Murdoch tabloid also »
- Andre Soares
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Don Mankiewicz has died at the age of 93, according to multiple media reports. The writer of 1931’s “I Want to Live!” died of congestive heart failure at his home in Monrovia, California, on Saturday according to his son, producer John Makiewicz, who counts “House M.D.” and “House of Cards” among his credits. The younger Mankiewicz confirmed his father’s death to The La Times. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos) Part of a legendary family, Mankiewicz’s father was Herman J. Mankiewicz, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Citizen Kane,” and his uncle Joseph L. Mankiewicz won Oscars for writing and directing “All About. »
- Linda Ge
Kal Penn is walking a different beat in the CBS police dramedy "Battle Creek," but this is in many ways a return for him. You might not necessarily remember, but Penn has been working in the CBS family steadily since he ended his sabbatical working for the White House. He followed a recurring arc on "How I Met Your Mother" with a regular role on the short-lived "We Are Men" before landing on "Battle Creek," which was created by Vince Gilligan, but is run by David Shore. Shore, of course, worked with Penn during his multi-season run as the ill-fated Dr. Lawrence Kutner on Fox's "House," a series that appears on the resume of many of the "Battle Creek" scribes. And when one of the first things we learn about Penn's Detective Fontanelle is that he's a user of medicinal marijuana, which ties Font in with Penn's long and beloved »
- Daniel Fienberg
Spin-offs are easy. Spin-offs are hard. Spin-offs get to use pre-existing characters from popular shows — or, at a minimum, get to introduce their new characters on a pre-existing show — and therefore have an easier time getting the audience's attention than some wholly original concept. But spin-offs also remove those characters from the context where people first liked them, and they can be unfairly held to the standards of the original show, whereas a brand-new series is only judged for being itself. And it's hard to know exactly what kinds of spin-offs will succeed, creatively or commercially. Frasier Crane worked spectacularly well away from the gang at Cheers, while Joey Tribbiani seemed much less lovable once he was 3,000 miles away from Chandler and the other Central Perk regulars. "The Simpsons" far outstripped the popularity of "The Tracey Ullman Show." Sometimes, audiences instantly take to characters introduced to a pre-existing show for »
- Alan Sepinwall
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