16 items from 2015
Out goes Renee Walker, in comes Michelle Dessler.
Last day on @Castle_ABC with the best guest star cast and director ever! Seamus too… »
With the one-two punch of Prisoners and Enemy, Denis Villeneuve (pictured above) delivered two of the most tense, visually engrossing thrillers in years, and there’s no reason to suspect that the director’s next project, drug runner drama Sicario, will break his winning streak. Lionsgate has set a September 18th limited release for the pic, with plans to expand into more theaters a week later.
Emily Blunt stars as an idealistic FBI agent who gets in over her head when she is introduced to the shadowy world of international drug trafficking by two members of a government task force (Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro). Enlisted in a daring plot to take down a Mexican cartel boss, the agent must rely on her wits and training to stay alive, even as the specifics of the mission lead her to question what ethical and moral lines she’s willing to »
- Isaac Feldberg
We have news of another actress that will be fighting the evil dead. It has been announced that Jill Marie Jones (Sleepy Hollow) has just joined the cast and we have details on how her character gets caught up in Ash's latest adventure:
"Beverly Hills, Calif., February 19, 2015 - Starz has announced today that Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) will play the role of Amanda Fisher in the Starz original series “Ash vs Evil Dead.” The series is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to film on location in New Zealand this spring and premiere on Starz in late 2015.
Following the grisly murder of her partner, disgraced Michigan State Trooper Amanda Fisher sets out to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility for the crime. But as she soon learns, Ash and his cohorts may be mankind’s only hope against the plague of Evil Dead, »
- Jonathan James
FX has released a new trailer for their upcoming comedy series The Comedians, which reveals that series stars Billy Crystal and Josh Gad are essentially playing fictionalized versions of themselves. When the show was first announced back in March, it wasn't explicitly stated that both actors would be taking on various aspects of their personal lives, but that point is made clear in this trailer, when Josh Gad answers his cell phone with the greeting "Go for Gad." The footage also describes the show as "An FX Original Comedy about an FX Original Comedy."
In The Comedians, Billy Crystal plays a comedy legend who is reluctantly paired with Josh Gad, an edgier up-and-coming star, in an unfiltered, behind-the-scenes look at a fictional late night sketch comedy show where egos and generations collide. Stephnie Weir stars as "Kristen Laybourne," the anxiety-ridden producer behind The Billy & Josh Show who frequently finds herself »
When Sam Raimi talked about the possibility of an Evil Dead TV series last year, there were many who thought the project would never see the light of day, but it became official late last year. Bruce Campbell is returning for Ash vs Evil Dead, a new TV series that will premiere later this year on Starz and we have the names of two people that will be joining Ash in his fight.
“Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) will play the role of Pablo Simon Bolivar and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) will play Kelly Maxwell in the Starz original series “Ash vs Evil Dead.” The series is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to film on location in New Zealand this spring and premiere on Starz in late 2015.
Pablo Simon Bolivar is an idealistic immigrant who »
- Jonathan James
HBO is developing a drama from Will Strouse and executive producer Alan Poule titled “Incurable.” The hourlong project follows a support group for people with supernatural problems. Also Read: Former ‘Burn Notice’ Producer Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV Poul, who has produced on “Six Feet Under” and “The Newsroom,” would serve as executive producer and he would direct the pilot if it moves forward. The son of famed composer Charles Strouse, Strouse has developed for FX as well as CBS Studios. Also Read: ‘New Girl’s’ Brenda Song to Star in Upcoming Fox TV Project UTA represents Strouse, while Wme and Felker, »
- Jethro Nededog
Before being upped to exec producer from co-exec producer on Universal TV’s “Allegiance,” Raisani worked on “White Collar” and “Burn Notice,” beginning his career as a staff writer on the latter. He served seven seasons on the show, ending his run as co-exec producer.
“We’re so pleased to have Rashad join us in this new capacity at Universal Television, where we will all benefit from his intelligence and terrific instincts,” said Bela Bajaria, executive vice president, Universal Television. “We were fans of Rashad’s work on ‘Burn Notice’ and ‘White Collar,” and having his expertise on ‘Allegiance’ has been invaluable.”
“Allegiance” premieres this Thursday on NBC.
Raisani is repped by UTA and manager Larry Shuman.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
“Colony,” which stars Josh Holloway (“Lost”) and Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”), is executive produced by Carlton Cuse (“Bates Motel,” “The Strain”) and Ryan Condal (“Hercules”). A co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions, it will shoot in Los Angeles.
Set in the near future, “Colony” centers on a family — headed up by Holloway and Callies — who must make difficult decisions as they balance staying together with trying to survive. They live in L.A., which has been occupied by a force of outside intruders. While some people have chosen to collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, others have rebelled — and suffer the consequences.
“Carlton and Ryan have created an intriguing ride that uniquely provides a humanistic take on a story set in the near future,” said USA president Chris McCumber. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Short film is part of network’s “Fright Night Files” anthology
“Fright Night Files,” which first aired as part of TV One’s Halloween movie offering last year, returns in March with three new short films that will offer “tales of horror, betrayal and love gone wrong,” according to the network. »
- Tim Kenneally
Co-created by actor-writers Matt Angel (“Complications”) and Adam Kulbersh (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), “Ten” centers around 10 people who are brought back from the dead as part of an elaborate human trial. But their second chance at life soon spirals out of control, with the fate of mankind suddenly resting in their recently resurrected hands.
Tarses, who served as an executive »
- Travis Reilly
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve got a new image from HBO’s upcoming Westworld TV adaptation, featuring Ed Harris as The Man in Black, a character described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man”…
Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name, Westworld is produced by Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), Lisa Joy (Burn Notice) and J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), and will see Harris joined in the cast by the likes of Anthony Hopkins (Thor: The Dark World), James Marsden (X-Men), Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hercules), Eddie Rouse (American Gangster), Demetrius Grosse (Justified), Kyle Bornheimer (Bachelorette), Currie Graham (Murder in the First), Lena Georgas (Ray Donovan), Steven Ogg (Grand Theft Auto V), Timothy Lee DePriest (With the Angels), Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood), Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Game: Mockingjay), Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire), Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope), Angela Sarafyan (The Immigrant), and Simon Quarterman »
- Gary Collinson
Here's what you already know: HBO's upcoming Westworld is an adaptation of the 1973 film written and directed by visionary author Michael Crichton. Like the author's best-known work, Jurassic Park, it's about a theme park where rather unique attractions (in Westworld's case, lifelike androids) break from their assigned roles and kill the guests. HBO's series version is from Interstellar and The Dark Knight co-writer Jonathan Nolan (brother of director Christopher) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice), along with mega-producer J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk. It boasts an impressive cast led by Anthony Hopkins (in his first TV series regular role), James Marsden, »
- James Hibberd
TCA 2015: The comedies will air in April
The debut season of “Comedians” will feature 13 episodes of the new series.
On “The Comedians,” Crystal plays a comedy legend who is reluctantly paired with Gad, an edgier up-and-coming star, in an unfiltered, »
- Itay Hod
NBC has ordered two drama pilots that deal with sexuality and passion from the producers of “Ugly Betty” and “Blue Bloods,” titled “The Curse of the Fuentes Women” and “Love Is a Four Letter Word,” respectively.
See photos: The Scene at TCA: Funny, Frank and Flippant Quotes From the 2015 TV Press Tour
The drama follows what happens When a magical and mysterious young man inexplicably emerges from the ocean and breathes »
- Jethro Nededog
Two things inspired executive producer Matt Nix on the forthcoming USA Network series “Complications:” volunteering at a hospital and witnessing a gang member break into his Echo Park home 10 years ago.
“I thought he was one of the gardeners,” Nix told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Thursday.
After confronting him, he was walking away, and for reasons I cant explain, I started following him. He totally saw me getting his license plate and he did the gang bang member head nod at me.”
“At the trial, I kind of made friends with the guy. »
- Alicia Banks
Amazon Studios’ literary adaptation of Michael Connelly’s best-selling detective novels featuring the crime fiction exploits of an Lapd officer named after a 15th Century Dutch artist famous for the macabre will premiere just in time for Valentine’s Day. All ten episodes of Bosch are set to debut in the Us, UK, and Germany to Amazon Prime members by way of Amazon Instant video on February 13, 2014.
The hour-long drama stars Titus Welliver (Sons of Anarchy, Argo) in the titular role as a the grizzled homicide detective with a helluva gut instinct, Harry Bosch (named after that other Harry Bosch) who’s in pursuit of the recently-escaped-from-custody confessed killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations he murdered another suspected killer in cold blood.
- Joshua Cohen
16 items from 2015
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