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After a very lengthy hiatus into directing for TV, ranging from single episodes of John From Cincinnati to Masters of Horror, John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer) is back with his first feature film since the turn of the century. Most people will recall the hysterically trashy noir from the late 1990s, Wild Things, the one that featured then popular starlets Neve Campbell and Denise Richards ejnoying a lengthy spot of erotic mingling; I believe the film also showed the world Kevin's Bacon.McNaughton chooses a painterly, often cloying, small town Americana vibe in The Harvest, such that it first appears that the director has taken up the mantle of restrained, simple drama -- to the point of somnambulism, but gradually, and with care, the film...
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Kem Nunn has signed with Wme. He is a writer/co-executive producer on FX’s Sons Of Anarchy and also co-created and wrote HBO’s surfer series John From Cincinnati. Nunn also is the author of books including Pomona Queen, Unassigned Territory, Tijuana Straits, Chance and such “surf noir” novels as Tapping The Source and Dogs Of Winter. He continues to be repped by Echo Lake Entertainment. India de Beaufort has inked with Gersh. She was a regular on ABC Family’s Jane By Design and starred in Comedy Central’s series Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire. She also has appeared in episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Necessary Roughness and One Tree Hill and had a role in the feature Run Fatboy Run. De Beaufort remains with Think Tank Management. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
So HBO is coming to Amazon. This is good news, I think, insofar as anything that makes the great shows of the HBO Renaissance available to more people is good news. I’m a TV obsessive of a certain age — definition of “a certain age” freely covering anyone who remembers when “TV is better than movies” was an argument that you had to make, when TV-on-dvd was the technological forefront, and when the notion of “downloading” a TV show didn’t seem needlessly wasteful of valuable hard drive space.
Like several other Of A Certain Age TV Obsessives, I grow »
- Darren Franich
The Silicon Valley presented in the terrific new HBO comedy of the same name (it debuts Sunday night at 10) is a kind of Wild West for nerds: a lawless territory where they can be among their own kind rather than struggle to fit into a more structured world that doesn't understand them, and a place where they can seek massive fortune along the way. That vision of the Valley also fits HBO itself in a way, since it's long been a place where creative types with idiosyncratic personalities and specific, uncompromising creative visions could go to find success in a safer, more wide-open environment. It's where David Chase could go when he was on the verge of quitting the TV business altogether and tell the story of a wiseguy in therapy. It's where David Milch could go to be given the absolute freedom to succeed so beautifully with "Deadwood" (and »
- Alan Sepinwall
“Deadwood” producer David Milch has signed on for a new two-year overall deal with HBO, a network representative told TheWrap. Also read: HBO Films Developing Biopic About Gypsy Rose Lee's Mother The TV writer/producer has had projects at HBO since the 2002 hit western series, which led to an overall deal in 2005. The new deal will extend Milch's relationship with the network through 2016. Also read: Nathan Lane Joins David Milch's HBO Pilot ‘The Money’ Since “Deadwood,” Milch has seen “Luck” and “John From Cincinnati” air at HBO. The 2008 pilot “Last of the Ninth” was not picked up by the network, »
- L.A. Ross
Exclusive: There are few relationships between a network and creator that have been as enduring as the one between David Milch and HBO. Now it has been extended with a new overall deal, which will keep Milch exclusive to HBO in television for two more years, bringing his tenure at the pay cable network to 14 years. Milch has been at HBO since 2002, when he embarked on developing his first project there, cult drama Deadwood, and under an overall deal since 2005. The relationship has yielded five pilots, three of which — Deadwood, John From Cincinnati and Luck – went to series. Milch’s most recent project at HBO was drama pilot The Money, about wealth and corruption among the super elite, which focused on an American mogul and patriarch (Brendan Gleeson) who wields power and influence to expand his media empire and control his family. HBO opted not to go forward with the pilot, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
We almost got it! Nine years after Lisa Kudrow's mockumentary reality show debuted on HBO, the network is considering a second season. Deadline reports that Kudrow and co-creator Michael Patrick King are currently in talks to discuss a Comeback limited series. As great as it would be to find out where Valerie Cherish ended up ten years later (Oscar? Rhobh? Both? Both.), it's even more exciting to think that new episodes of Comeback could potentially open the door to the resurrection of any cancelled HBO show. Hung, Carnivale, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: you name it, it could return. If The Comeback season two is a success, we might one day be watching new episodes of John from Cincinnati and liking it. »
- Halle Kiefer
Exclusive: HBO has opted not to proceed with The Money, its drama pilot written by David Milch, directed by Justin Chadwick and starring Brendan Gleeson. The project was about wealth and corruption among the super elite, focusing on American mogul and patriarch James Castman (Gleeson), who wields power and influence to expand his media empire and control his family. Nathan Lane, Patrick Kennedy, Dominique McElligott, Laila Robins, Billy Magnussnen and Morgan Spector co-starred in the pilot, with Ray Liotta, John Carroll Lynch, Rosemary Harris and Mamie Gummer playing recurring roles. Milch executive produced with Art Linson and John Linson. The Money marked Milch’s fifth consecutive pilot at HBO in one of the longest collaborations between a network and a creator. Of the five, three – Deadwood, John From Cincinnati and Luck – went to series. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
On one hand, I’m not sure Girls needs fixing — which seems like an appropriately ambivalent way to start an essay about fixing Girls, since Girls is a thing about which few opinions are uncomplicated. When it debuted in 2012, the HBO twentysomething drama was variously hailed as “revolutionary” and “not as good as you think,” the standard point-counterpoint reaction to Important TV Shows.
The best things you could say about it were very »
- Darren Franich
Failure is inevitable. Success is elusive.
As HBO’s CEO, Michael Fuchs, who’d come up through the company’s programming side, had spent 11 years working to transform the service from a movie channel with some pleasant original filler into a true programming platform. Ironically, Fuchs’ vision wouldn’t come to full fruit until after he’d left the company in May 1995, and it would happen under a guy who had no programming experience at all: Jeff Bewkes, who took over the CEO’s slot after Fuchs’ departure.
A friend of mine in the company who’d worked with Bewkes once explained his programming philosophy while we were talking about some of the company’s big dollar extravaganzas, like Band of Brothers. Bewkes didn’t interfere with the creative side. “If you can make it make business sense to him, Jeff’ll say, ‘Go ahead.’ If you can »
- Bill Mesce
Ever since AMC stunned the TV industry with the launch of Mad Men, the network’s executives have relished the channel’s unofficial brand as “the HBO of basic cable” — high-quality, award-winning, conversation-driving dramas, without viewers having to pay an extra $15 a month. But six years since the world became enamored with Don Draper and workplace smoke breaks, there’s a scary part of HBO’s track record that AMC is eager to avoid: The post-breakout slump. After Sex and the City and The Sopranos, HBO struggled to regain its footing (the misfire that is most often cited is the »
- James Hibberd
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