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Exclusive: Josh Berman tenure at Sony Pictures Television will be crossing the decade mark with a fourth consecutive overall deal. Under the new, three-year pact, Berman continues as executive producer and showrunner of Sony TV’s Lifetime series Dead Drop Diva. He created the dramedy, now in its sixth and final season, under his first overall pact at the studio. He also will continue to develop projects for network and cable. Berman began his career as a junior writer on the first season of CBS’ CSI. He remained on the long-running procedural for six years, rising to executive producer. He went on to create the Fox drama Vanished and spent four years on the network’s veteran procedural Bones. While at Sony TV, Berman, repped by CAA and attorney Ken Richman, also co-created and executive produced the Fox drama Mob Doctor. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Now is the time of year for TV fans to be a little nervous for news about their favorite shows - specifically, whether they'll make it to next season. Renewal and cancellation news is flowing in, and we're compiling all the updates here. Find out what's already guaranteed to come back and what's gotten left on the chopping block so far. What's Been Renewed Network: Grimm: NBC has renewed the supernatural drama for a fourth season. Chicago Fire: The firehouse-set drama got a third season from NBC. Chicago Pd: NBC renewed the freshman drama for a second season. The Big Bang Theory: CBS has renewed the comedy for three more seasons. 2 Broke Girls: The comedy will return for a new season. Mike & Molly: Melissa McCarthy's comedy will be back. Two and a Half Men: Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher's comedy is returning. The »
- Shannon Vestal
While Bones fans are thrilled over the assurance of a tenth season, they're also filled with trepidation over what shocking plot twists are in store in this season's finale, "The Recluse in the Recliner," which airs on May 12.
The finale has been greatly teased by executive producers Stephen Nathan and Hart Hanson who have announced that two different story lines will converge to throw Booth and Brennan's work relationship into turmoil and causes big, big changes. What? Yeah, just hang on.
Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July,” two well-received American dramas that world premiered at the recent Sundance Film Festival, are among the 19 features set to screen in the 46th annual Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at Cannes.
Selected by delegate general Edouard Waintrop in his third year at the helm, the Fortnight, a long-running parallel program to the official selection, will also fly the U.S. flag with the world premiere of Frederick Wiseman’s documentary “National Gallery,” a portrait of the London museum’s day-to-day operations, and a special screening of Tobe Hooper’s original “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” in a newly restored version.
As the winner of both the grand jury prize and the audience award in Sundance’s U.S. dramatic competition (where it was snapped up by Sony Classics), “Whiplash” had been widely expected to receive the Un Certain Regard berth typically reserved »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
With FX's series “Fargo,” premiering Tuesday, showrunner Noah Hawley had the daunting task of adapting the beloved 1996 Coen Brothers film for the small screen. While the series employs different characters and a different storyline than the film, the frigid, folksy shadow of the original still sets high expectations. TheWrap spoke to Hawley about the search for a leading lady that wouldn't be overshadowed by Francis McDormand's iconic Marge and creating a new kind of bad guy with Billy Bob Thornton's Lorne Malvo. The showrunner, who previously worked on “My Generation,” “The Originals” and “Bones,” also talked about the miniseries »
- Tim Kenneally
Before I sat down with the first four episodes of FX’s limited series, Fargo, premiering April 15 at 10Pm, I reacquainted myself with the 1996 Coen Brothers’ crime classic. It’s been over a decade since I last saw the film and like a winter squall blustering through, my memories of it had become buried deep in snow. However, after this viewing, I had this insatiable desire to soak in this world for a longer duration.
It wasn’t just any small town that had been rocked by bloody murders and criminal activity, it was this specific ivory landscape that stretched as far as the eyes could see. Its citizens were as foreign and distant as Hawaii or Alaska as were their special brand of talk and affection. Fargo felt like the Coens picked up a snow globe unlike any other and then gifted it to everyone who had seen the film. »
- Ernie Estrella
This story first appeared in the April 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. After an eclectic career, which has entailed music, multiple books, a film and a cadre of network series, writer/producer Noah Hawley, 46, is adding another line to his resume: a cable show. On April 15, the former Bones writer will serve up Fargo, starring Billy Bob Thornton, on FX. With pre-premiere buzz running high, the man who wrote, produced and ran all 10 episodes reflects on how he made it. I had wanted to be a rock star. I was a singer/songwriter and I had a band
- As told to Lacey Rose
"I mean, the guy is a fucking Komodo dragon, but he has the bangs of Ken Burns?" The whole table laughs, and Billy Bob Thornton smiles, knowing he's just nailed it. The subject is a hired killer; specifically, the horrible, Moe Howard-ish bowl haircut that this professional hit man sports. Sitting across from Thornton in a Midtown conference room, Colin Hanks stares up at the ceiling and then adds "He's like a human ficus plant. Put the guy in a corner, and you wouldn't even notice him."
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"I don't watch movies," declares Lorne Malvo, the slippery, malevolent figure at the center of FX's new "Fargo" series. (The first of 10 episodes debuts tonight at 10; I've seen the first four.) The line rings true to what we have learned about Malvo, a professional hitman and amateur troublemaker who takes pleasure in encouraging people's worst impulses to see what will happen. But it also functions as a sly acknowledgment of the large shadow "Fargo" the movie casts over "Fargo" the TV show. Created by Noah Hawley (a "Bones" alum who created the charming but short-lived ABC cop show "The Unusuals," starring a then-unknown Jeremy Renner), the new "Fargo" takes place in the same frozen Minnesota winter of the Coen brothers' Oscar-winning film(*), though it is not a remake of that film's story. Still, there are many nods to the movie both big and small — each episode, for instance, opens with »
- Alan Sepinwall
With only a month until the season 9 finale of Bones, things should start heating up around the Jeffersonian. Executive Producer Stephen Nathan has confirmed there will be a huge story line involving the Ghost Face Killer. However, tonight’s episode entitled, “The Cold in the Case,” included no mention of the serial killer. Instead, the [&hellip
Bones 9.21 Review: “The Cold in the Case” »
- Tim Gerstenberger
Recently, Fox served up the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Bones" episode 22 of season 9. The episode is entitled, "The Nail in the Coffin," and it sounds like things will get pretty interesting as the team gets closer to closing in on the mysterious Ghost Killer, and more. In the new,22nd episode press release: The team will get closer to discovering the identity of the ghost killer. Press release number 2: The Jeffersonian team will investigate the death of Stephanie McNamara, who is the daughter of a wealthy family whose remains were found in a national park. When the team digs deeper into the circumstances surrounding her death, clues from the case are going to lead them to believe she may be the Ghost Killer's latest victim, with a surprising connection to a previous victim. In the meantime, the FBI Deputy Director is going to take a special »
Booth and Brennan finally tied the knot on Bones' ninth season, but could another wedding be in the offing?
On Monday's episode (8/7c, Fox), Cam (Tamara Taylor) and Arastoo (Pej Vahdat) take their relationship to a new level when Arastoo arranges for Cam to meet his parents. Unfortunately for Cam, who has serious reservations about the dinner meeting, all of her worst fears come true when she sits down with Arastoo's extremely protective mother (guest star Shohreh Aghdashloo).
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- Adam Bryant
"You'd stand in the way of us having a new and life-changing experience...that seems selfish." Bones fans, you may want to give Rosetta Stone a call as you'll possibly need to learn German! Booth (David Boreanaz) is up for a major promotion in tonight's episode of the Fox hit. That's good news, right? Well, the new job would require him moving to Germany. In an exclusive sneak peek at "The Cold in the Case," Booth and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) have a serious talk about their family's future and whether or not she'd be willing to move to a new country for her husband's career... Watch the exclusive video above to find out if the couple could be moving to »
This is a true story. In 1998, the current TV belle epoque not even a twinkle in the eye of the Us networks, a pilot was filmed for a TV series of the Coen brothers' churningly tense black comedy Fargo, which had been released two years previously. It was the last writing and production credit for the late Bruce Paltrow (father of Gwyneth), starred The Sopranos' Edie Falco and was directed by Misery actor and occasional director Kathy Bates. Set in Brainerd, Minnesota, it featured Falco as police chief Marge Gunderson, the role immortalised by Frances McDormand in the movie. The Coen brothers were not involved. The project, though strangely enticing, fizzled out.
Then, in 2012, news emerged that another telly crew had taken an interest in the world of Fargo, »
- Ben Arnold
Here we go! It’s Friday, time to kick back and enjoy the weekend and what better way than by cranking a killer tune to set the mood?! This post was inspired by artist Kawehi. Have you heard of her yet? In the last several weeks, she became an Internet sensation with her beautiful reinterpretation of Nirvana‘s single “Heart Shaped Box.” I love every thing about it! (Including her! Marry me, please? Dammit, she’s already married.) But on the Esquire article where I originally discovered her, they also embedded a cover of Nine Inch Nail‘s “Closer.” I’ve always been a huge, huge fan of Trent Reznor and company, and I enjoyed the hell out of their most recent album ‘Hesitation Marks’ (the vinyl mix is excellent, by the way), but hearing this cover got me to re-appreciate “The Downward Spiral” again. I even have an instrumental version of that entire album! »
- Rob Galluzzo
Next month, Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland) will return to television with Fox’s 24: Live Another Day, a 12-episode update of the acclaimed espionage thriller series. Set four years after the explosive events of 24‘s eighth and final season, Live Another Day finds Jack laying low in Europe, still hounded by the CIA. When he catches wind of a planned terrorist attack in London, the former agent leaps into action, determined to prevent global chaos even as his pursuers draw closer.
Fox has unveiled a decidedly cinematic trailer for the series today, which reveals a lot more about the set-up for Live Another Day, as well as new additions to the cast. Check it out below:
For newcomers to the series, season eight saw Jack slaughter high-ranking members of the Russian government who were involved in a shadowy conspiracy. In Live Another Day, the CIA is clearly still holding a »
- Isaac Feldberg
As FX gets set to enter into its first foray in the miniseries business (unless you, like FX president John Landgraf, consider Terriers to have also been worthy of that moniker) with the network’s upcoming 10-episode limited series Fargo, from writer Noah Hawley (Bones). Series co-star Martin Freeman was on hand to share with us some of his thoughts on this darkly comic, violent pseudo-update of the Coen brothers’ Academy Award-winning drama.
While the miniseries may defy specific classification in terms of its relationship to the movie that also bears its name, Freeman was ready and able to give plenty of detail on the ...
- Kevin Yeoman
Recently, Fox released the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Bones" episode 21 of season 9. The episode is entitled, "The Cold in the Case," and it sounds like things will get pretty interesting as the team discovers a cryogenically frozen dead body that leads them to other intel, and more. In the new, 21st episode press release: a murder victim will be found cryogenically frozen. Press release number 2: The Jeffersonian team will investigate the murder of a woman whose remains were found in a swamp. When the team realizes that her body was cryogenically frozen before it was disposed, it will lead them to a cryogenic preservation facility where they will learn more about the victim's personal life. In the meantime, Cam is going to be hesitant to meet Arastoo's father and mother (guest star Shohreh Aghdashloo) for the first time and Booth is going to be up for »
Sneak Peek footage and images from AMC's upcoming American Revolution action drama series "Turn", premiering April 6, 2014, based on the non-fiction book "Washington’s Spies" by author Alexander Rose, set in the summer of 1776:
"...New York farmer 'Abe Woodhull' bands together with a group of childhood friends to form 'The Culper Ring'...
"...an unlikely group of spies, working for George Washington, who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence..."
Cast includes Jamie Bell as 'Abraham Woodhull', Kevin McNally as 'Judge Richard Woodhull', Burn Gorman as 'Major Hewlett', Angus MacFadyen as 'Robert Rogers', Jj Feild as 'Major John Andre', Seth Numrich as 'Ben Talmadge', Daniel Henshall as 'Caleb' and Heather Lind as 'Anna Strong'.
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- Michael Stevens
With a muscular catalog of some 4,000 feature film titles and 10,500 TV episodes, MGM Television has a bounty of material from which to draw in fashioning its development slate, and prexy Roma Khanna, at the helm of TV and digital distribution since 2011, is using it to her advantage. All while touting original series such as the top-rated “Teen Wolf,” now in its fourth season on MTV, and the highly anticipated “Fargo” on FX, to pad the growth of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s smallscreen arm.
“We have great jewels in our library, from the ‘Rocky’ films to the James Bond franchise to ‘Legally Blonde,’ and they are a huge advantage to us in the marketplace,” notes Khanna of the production company’s key to financial and critical success.
“But we also don’t just want to be a company that reinvents our library. We haven’t gone into this thinking about how (these movies »
- Malina Saval
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