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Before winning over potheads everywhere as drug-dealing suburbanite Nancy Botwin on Jenji Kohan's Weeds, Mary-Louise Parker first gained notice playing feminist lobbyist Amy Gardner on NBC's The West Wing. Parker will return to the Peacock Network to headline Feed Me, creator Sally Robinson's single-camera comedy about a troubled family and the restaurant they own. THR describes the show as centering on "a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together. And when daughter Emma's husband has an affair, they circle the wagons to fiercely protect one of their own. Parker will play the lead, Ellen, a slightly Ocd wife, mother of two and accountant who is stuck in her ways and whose approach to life is a challenge for those around her."
- Inkoo Kang
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:
It's official: Mary-Louise Parker is returning to primetime. The Weeds alum has closed a deal to star in NBC's half-hour comedy pilot Feed Me, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The actress, who has fielded multiple offers this pilot season, was circling the role last month. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 The single-camera vehicle, which was written on spec, is described as a comedic exploration of adult intimacy and desire that centers on a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together. And when daughter Emma's husband has an affair, they circle the wagons
- Lesley Goldberg
When you think charming, complicated mother of a dysfunctional family, you think Mary-Louise Parker, which is perfect since the Weeds actress is now heading up the NBC comedy pilot Feed Me. Parker will star as a matriarch running a family-owned restaurant who must come to her daughter Emma's aid after her husband strays. Actually, turn the restaurant into a bakery and this could just be yet another chapter of Nancy Botwin's insane life. It could be Nancy under an alias! Or in an alternate timeline! No, you're right. Save that for the Feed Me series finale reveal. »
- Halle Kiefer
Parker had been attached to the project at the time NBC gave it a formal pilot order last month but there was still some uncertainty about her deal closing. Project reunites the thesp with NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt, who greenlit Parker’s signature TV role in Showtime’s “Weeds.”
Robinson exec produces with Witt and Thomas for Universal TV. Witt and Thomas previously ran the prosperous Witt-Thomas-Harris Prods. banner that was home to “The Golden Girls,” “Benson,” “Blossom,” “Empty Nest,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “It’s a Living” and a host of other 1980s and ’90s series.
- Cynthia Littleton
Mary-Louise Parker‘s reunion with NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt is now official as the former Weeds star has closed a deal to topline NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Feed Me. The project, from veteran producers Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas, received a pilot green light last month based on Parker’s intention to star in it. Following the end of Weeds, which Greenblatt put on the air while running Showtime, NBC had been pursing the actress for multiple projects, and Feed Me was the script she responded to. Talks with Parker had already commenced when Feed Me was picked up to pilot three weeks ago, now they have been successfully completed. Written by Sally Robinson, who penned Lifetime’s successful Steel Magnolias remake, Feed Me is described as a comedic exploration of adult intimacy and desire that centers on a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: May 13, 2014
Price: DVD $39.98, Blu-ray $39.97
Based on the best-selling memoir by Piper Kerman, Orange is the New Black stars Taylor Schilling (The Lucky One) as Piper Chapman, a Brooklynite who’s about to embark on a new business venture, selling custom candles, when her wild past with Alex Vause (Laura Prepon, The Kitchen) comes back to haunt her.
To pay her debt to society, Piper leaves behind her fiancee (Jason Biggs, American Reunion) and turns herself into a federal penitentiary, where she dons her orange jumpsuit and comes face to face with Alex as well as a cell full of eccentric inmates.
Every sentence has a story in the smash hit series Orange Is the New Black: Season One arriving on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) and Digital HD May 13 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics as "magnificent and thoroughly engrossing" (Washington Post), the hugely popular dark comedy from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan broke viewing records for its premiere season. Starring Taylor Schilling (Argo, Stay) in a Golden Globe nominated performance, Orange Is the New Black also won "TV Program Of The Year" from the American Film Institute (AFI).
Based on the best-selling memoir by Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black also stars Jason Biggs (American Pie franchise), Laura Prepon (TV's That '70s Show), Kate Mulgrew (TV's Star Trek: Voyager, TV's Ntsf:sd:suv::), Pablo Schreiber (TV's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Showtime's Weeds), Natasha Lyonne (American Pie, G.B.F.), Taryn Manning (TV's Sons of Anarchy), Michael Harney (Showtime's Weeds, »
Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore heads up a stellarcast in The English Teacher, which releases on DVD 3rd March from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment. To celebrate the release we have 3 DVDs to give away!
Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) teams up with his Stuck in Love co-star Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) in the feature-film directorial debut from Golden Globe Nominee Craig Zisk, whose impressive TV work includes Weeds, Scrubs and the Emmy Award winning The Big C. Also starring Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) and Michael Angarano (Almost Famous), the film is narrated by Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter).
Bored and predictable, Linda Sinclair (Moore) has her life turned upside down when her ex-student Jason (Angarano) returns to his hometown. After accosting him by mistake Linda finds herself promising to read a screenplay by the now budding writer.
Feeling for the first time in a long time revitalised and passionate, »
Director: Craig Zisk
Running Time: 87 Minutes
The world of cinema has always had a certain need to deify teachers and present their actions as what forms the foundations of their students’ lives. As a teacher myself you would probably expect me to be okay with such a portrayal, but in actual fact it kind of undermines the importance of the job in real life terms. One thing that The English Teacher has going for it, is that it takes a rather bitter look at the need to inspire, which is a refreshing change if nothing else.
Linda Sinclair (Moore) is a 45 year old spinster who may have resigned herself to a life living in her books, but she also keeps an eye out for potential love interests. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Netflix isn’t quite batting 1,000 with its original shows, but it’s doing far better than I bet they dared to hope, and Orange is the New Black is a big part of the reason. Following the announcement of the date the second season will be available, now you can also mark your calendar for the release of the first season on Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital. May 13th is the date (with digital outlets getting a week head start on the 6th), which gives you a couple of weeks to binge the season before… well, before you have to sign up for Netflix, I guess. Or, you could do that now, and have more time to watch.
Well, look, not everyone is going to sign up for Netflix, and those people want to watch the show everyone is talking about too. More importantly, the release comes with a lot of bonuses. »
- Marc Eastman
Golden Globe® nominee Taylor Schilling stars in acclaimed original comedy, Orange Is The New Black - Season One, available on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), and DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) May 13 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The series will also be available on Digital HD one week early on May 6. Every sentence has a story in the smash hit series Orange Is The New Black - Season One arriving on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), and DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) May 13 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The series will be available on Digital HD one week prior on May 6. Hailed by critics as "magnificent and thoroughly engrossing" (Washington Post), the hugely popular dark comedy from "Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan broke viewing records for its premiere »
- Pietro Filipponi
One of the bigger events in the television landscape in 2013 was the full-fledged entrance of Netflix into original content. A surprise breakout show for the streaming service was the series Orange is the New Black, which quickly garnered critical acclaim and commercial success. Developed by Weeds creator Jenji Kohan from the book by Piper Kerman, the show was soon renewed for a second season. Castmembers Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, and Laura Prepon are set to return in the new season, and Netflix has now released a trailer, as well as a release date for the entirety of the second season. The season will be available for viewing on June 6th, and the trailer can be seen below.
The post ‘Orange is the New Black’, the hit Netflix series, releases a trailer and premiere date for Season 2 appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
TV news and notes:
- "Warehouse 13" will begin its final season on Syfy starting on Monday, April 14 at 9 p.m. The short (six episodes) Season 5 will bring the science-fiction program to an end.
- "Conan" will pay tribute to the late Sid Caesar on Tuesday's (Feb. 18) show when Conan O'Brien welcomes Mel Brooks as a guest for most of the hour. Brooks was a writer and occasional performer on "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour" and will share his memories of working with the comedy legend.
- Nigel Lythgoe ("So You Think You Can Dance") will produce a new singing competition show for CBS, "In the Spotlight." Prior to the current season, Lythgoe produced several seasons of "American Idol." [Deadline]
- "Dallas" fans know the Ewings don't fool around when it comes to the cost of oil and gas -- and some viewer soon will be a lucky beneficiary. »
Orange Is The New Black is one of the break-out television hits of last year. Airing exclusively on Netflix across the planet, the show, created by Jenji Kohan, the creative force behind Weeds, is a comedy set within the compounds of a woman’s prison, and it returns to television sets, computer screens, iPads, mobiles etc. for a second season this coming June.
From the creator of “Weeds” comes a heartbreaking and hilarious new series set in a women’s prison. Piper Chapman’s wild past comes back to haunt her, resulting in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates.
The second season has just got itself a teaser trailer, which we’ve quite helpfully posted in our super-duper player below. »
- Paul Heath
While you may be busy binging the second season of Netflix’s wonderfully addictive drama series House of Cards this weekend (helluva first episode, no?), the streaming service has also dropped the first trailer and release date for its other wildly popular original series Orange Is the New Black. The first season was a very pleasant surprise last year, as Jenji Kohan’s (Weeds) dramatic comedy series nearly eclipsed Netflix’s more high profile debuts of House of Cards and Arrested Development. For those unfamiliar, the show is based on the memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman and revolves around an engaged Brooklynite who ends up serving a year-long detention in a federal prison. This season two trailer is very much a teaser, but those itching to see the first footage from the new episodes should be sufficiently pleased. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. All 13 episodes »
- Adam Chitwood
Updated: NBC has given a late pilot order to Feed Me, a single-camera comedy from veteran producers Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas’ Witt/Thomas Prods (Blossom, Beauty And The Beast and its CW reboot, The Practice). NBC had been pursuing former Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker for multiple pilots. This is the script she responded to, helping it get a green light while the actress’ deal is being worked out. Feed Me would reunite Parker with NBC topper Bob Greenblatt who cast her in another dark comedy, Weeds, while at Showtime. Written by Sally Robinson, who penned Lifetime’s hugely successful Steel Magnolia remake, Feed Me is described as a comedic exploration of adult intimacy and desire that centers on a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together. And when daughter Emma’s husband has an affair, they circle the wagons to fiercely protect one of their own. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Once Upon a Time has cast a Glinda for its Wizard of Oz story arc. TVLine reports that Sunny Mabrey has been picked to play the Good Witch.
Lifetime has announced that Drop Dead Diva will end with the upcoming sixth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. I just hope another show quickly steps in to fill the upcoming Brooke Elliott shortage on TV.
EW reports that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is set to appear on Shameless as Fiona‘s new boss. Judging from Morgan’s roles on Weeds, Supernatural and Watchmen, I’m already starting a deathwatch for his character.
- Lyle Masaki
Mary-Louise Parker may be returning to primetime. The Weeds alum may reunite with NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt and star in the half-hour comedy pilot Feed Me, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The single-camera vehicle is a remake of The Marriage Bed and is described as a comedic exploration of adult intimacy and desire that centers on a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together. And when daughter Emma's husband has an affair, they circle the wagons to fiercely protect one of their own. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Parker would play
- Lesley Goldberg
Romany Malco has been cast alongside Kevin Hart in Hart’s upcoming ABC comedy pilot. Malco, a ”Weeds” alum, will play Derek the personal trainer and something of an entrepreneur. A devoted father to six-year-old son Ruben and 11-year-old Nicole, Derek has just gotten divorced from his children’s mom, and agrees with her that it might be time for the two of them to try to be friends for once. The untitled comedy, which is based on Hart’s life and stand-up, asks the question, “Can a man and woman ever truly be friends… after they’re divorced?” Also »
- Tim Kenneally
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