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The 60-year-old actor will be joined by first-time musical guest D’Angelo
A Golden Globe statue and Oscar nomination aren’t the only things “Whiplash” has secured for star J.K. Simmons. The actor will host “Saturday Night Live” for the first time in his long career on Jan. 31.
NBC also announced on Tuesday that D’Angelo will make his musical guest debut, along with his band The Vanguard.
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- Greg Gilman
Serving as musical guest, People.com reports, is D’Angelo and his band The Vanguard.
Drama, drama, drama: Bravo Media has renewed “Flipping Out,” “Married to Medicine,” and “The Real Housewives of Orange County” (pictured above). It also set the premiere date for its second original scripted series, “Odd Mom Out,” which will debut on Monday, June 8.
Additionally, the cable channel set return dates for “Shahs of Sunset” (March 2), “Newlyweds: The First Year” (March 10), “Southern Charm” (March 9), and “Million Dollar Listing New York” (April 8), it revealed Thursday at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.
Finally, Bravo is developing “The One” from executive producer Charlize Theron, which was previously announced on Thursday under the terms »
- Tony Maglio
The actress/producer has aligned herself with Ucp via a new first-look deal through her Denver and Delilah production banner, Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, announced at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday.
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Under the deal, Theron and Ucp are already working on projects for USA Network, Bravo, NBC and Amazon, Wachtel noted.
Along with the new Ucp deal, Denver and Delilah has hired former Epix »
- Tim Kenneally
Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah production banner has inked a first-look deal with Universal Cable Prods. to develop and produce scripted programming for NBCUniversal’s portfolio of networks.
The company has four projects percolating at NBC, USA, Bravo and Amazon.
The announcement was made by Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, at Thursday’s Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.
Laverne McKinnon has also joined Denver & Delilah as head of scripted television. McKinnon was formerly exec VP of original programming and development at Epix and senior VP of drama development at CBS.
The pact marks Ucp’s growth in diversified programming development, under the direction of exec VP of development Dawn Olmstead.
“I had the pleasure of working with Charlize recently and was determined to keep working with her once I joined Universal Cable Productions,” said Olmstead. “I’m thrilled that Laverne has joined forces with them. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
As Oscar nominations loom, where is the Supporting Actor race? Take a look at a solid--and frozen--five contenders. These Are the final five. 1. Jk Simmons ("Whiplash") Why is Simmons so obvious? Well, ever since Damien Chazelle's jazz drumming drama opened the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was instantly scooped up by Sony Pictures Classics, the movie has been slowly building a strong base of support, even though it never quite took off at the box office. Word-of-mouth has been great: once people sit down and watch the edge-of-your-seat movie, they love it, partly because it goes out with such a bang. It leaves the audience on an emotional high. Simmons, 59, is a classic case of a familiar and respected workhorse film and TV regular ("The Closer," "Law and Order") who finally has landed the perfect role. In this case, the genial everyman in a series of comedies (Jason Reitman's »
- Anne Thompson
Tonight at 9/8c, TNT’s Major Crimes delivers a two-hour season finale in grand fashion, by bringing back — in the flesh — Phillip Stroh, the legal lizard/serial rapist/murderer who oft taunted Fritz Howard’s wife Brenda on The Closer.
In fact, in that series’ finale, Stroh attacked Brenda in her and Fritz’s home. As such, his resurfacing — as part of the latest twist in the case that introduced Rusty to the Closer/Major Crimes universe — strikes a special chord with Fritz. Jon Tenney shared with TVLine a preview of the villain’s revival.
Tvline | First of all, congratulations »
Yowza, lady! Kyra Sedgwick may be just months away from turning the big 5-0, but you'd never know it just by looking at her—especially on the red carpet! The Closer star looked ravishing showing off her slim figure at the 2014 New York Film Critics Circle Awards on Monday, Jan. 5, at Tao Downtown in NYC. Mrs. Kevin Bacon, 49, gussied up in a navy blue, off-the-shoulder dress with a sweetheart neckline that fit like a glove. Not only did the design, by London-based brand Safiyaa, showcase her [...] »
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