13 items from 2013
We’re about to find out whether or not the Blutbad falls far from the tree: Grimm has cast Monroe’s parents.
Before the season began, series co-creator/executive producers David Greenwalt told TVLine that the clock enthusiast’s folks would make an appearance related to Monroe and Rosalee’s much buzzed-about wedding.
“They’re a little old-fashioned,” Greenwalt warned, »
- Kimberly Roots
Yaani King - an actress who S&A readers would recognize from web series like RoomieLoverFriends, Milk & Honey, as well as Matthew Cherry's feature film debut The Last Fall), has landed a series regular role on Lifetime’s upcoming new drama Deliverance Creek, from Nicholas Sparks Prods. In what will be a two-hour movie/backdoor pilot, set at the end of the American Civil War, Deliverance Creek follows a young woman's attempts to defend her family’s land by any means necessary, even if it means becoming an outlaw. The series will star Lauren Ambrose, as the young woman. Yaani King will play a character named Kessiah “Kessie” Washington, who's described as a plantation slave who forges her own freedom papers, and then sets out for the place called Deliverance Creek, intent on also saving her family from slavery. King's resume includes lots of TV work, including stints on Saving Grace and Numbers. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Around a decade ago, the crowd that showed up to the Emmys did not look too much like those in the audience at the Oscars. However, while the movies used to be where the crowning achievements in entertainment were, the sudden catapult in quality of cable TV dramas and comedies is drawing film actors, writers and directors.
On television over the past few years, Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton took on an American family feud in Hatfields and McCoys. Meanwhile, Steve Buscemi and Jeremy Irons, two fantastic actors with very different voices, lusted for power on Boardwalk Empire and The Borgias, respectively. Dustin Hoffman took a gamble with HBO’s Luck (which was produced by Michael Mann), while Charlie Sheen found a new home for several years on FX. Even Kevin Bacon can be connected to more stars now due to his role on the much-watched The Following (a network show, »
- Jordan Adler
Chase will portray a formerly supremely fit soldier just back from Iraq who’s in rapid decline from pancreatic cancer. Blair will play his wife.
Blair was the female lead in “Anger Management” for two seasons until departing in June amid reports of friction with Charlie Sheen. Grenier is known primarily for his role on TV’s “Entourage”; a feature version based on the series is in limbo.
Chase, Blair and Grenier are represented by Gersh. Chase is managed by Untitled Entertainment. »
- Dave McNary
Fionnula Flanagan, who starred opposite Nicole Kidman in the 2001 film “The Others,” has been cast in Amazon Studios’ “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street.’ Also read: Clive Barker to Rewrite ‘Zombies vs. Gladiators’ for Amazon Studios “Partners” alum Sloane Morgan Siegel has also been cast in the title role of Gortimer Gibbon. Drew Justice (“The Little Rascals Save the Day”), Ashley Boettcher (“Aliens in the Attic”) and “Saving Grace” alum Robyn Lively are also among the principal cast. Luke Matheny, who won an Oscar for his 2010 short film “God of Love,” is directing the pilot. The live-action children’s pilot, »
- Tim Kenneally
Crime drama “Sex, Lies and Handwriting” is the first project in development, and is intended to follow a straight-to-series model similar to Tandem’s crime series “Crossing Lines,” which airs on NBC. In addition to Lionsgate and Tandem, Sea To Sky Entertainment, Lionsgate’s Canadian joint venture partner, will also be producing the project.
The series will be “a witty new take on the crime series,” according to a statement from the partners. It follows the exploits of Leslie Bold, an accomplished artist and handwriting expert — with her own newspaper column on the subject — who is unexpectedly drawn into the world of crime-solving because of her skills.
- Leo Barraclough
“It’s clear that viewers are as excited to have Whose Line back on the air as we are,” said CW President Mark Pedowitz said Monday in a statement. “We have wanted to bring comedy back to The CW for a long time, and Aisha [Tyler], Wayne [Brady], Colin [Mochrie] and Ryan [Stiles] have brought funny to the network in a big way. We’re very excited to have them back for another season.”
A premiere date will be announced at a later date.
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- Megan Masters
Zap2It has exclusively learned that Lorraine Toussaint ("Friday Night Lights," "Saving Grace") has been cast in the recurring role of Carol, mother of Lena Adams (Sherri Saum, "In Treatment"). Carol is described as a charismatic African-American woman who is a professor of Black Women's Studies at Berkeley and enjoys the spotlight. This being an ABC Family series, of course there is some friction between her and her daughter.
"The Fosters" tells the story of a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two lesbian mothers, the aforementioned Lena and Stef Foster (Teri Polo, "Meet the Parents"). The cast also includes Jake T. Austin, Hayden Byerly, David Lambert, Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci and Cierra Ramirez.
Addressing several social topics including the foster care system, blended families and gay marriage, »
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Happy birthday to Holly Hunter!
Singer Michelle Shocked has released an open letter in response to reports that she went on an anti-gay tirade at a recent concert (resulting in a slew of upcoming shows being cancelled). In it, she writes:
I stand accused of forsaking the Lgbt community for a Christianity which is – hear me now - anathema to my understanding of faith. I will no doubt take future flack for saying so. I'm accused of believing that "God hates fags" and that the repeal of Prop 8 will usher in the End Times. Well, if I caused such an absurdity, I am damn sorry. To be clear: I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of any so-called faith preaching intolerance of anyone. »
- Bridget McManus
On TV this Monday: Bates Motel opens for business, Dancing With the Stars hits the floor, a Mad woman travels to the Top of the Lake, Continuum pauses time and the Deception finale uncovers an assassin. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Biggest Loser »
- Kimberly Roots
A missing girl. A shocking crime. A town full of secrets. Welcome to Top of the Lake, from creators Jane Campion and Gerard Lee. At the Daily Beast, you can read my latest feature, "Gone Girl: Inside ‘Top of the Lake,’ Jane Campion’s Haunting New Thriller," for which I sit down with Jane Campion (The Piano), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Holly Hunter (Saving Grace), and Gerard Lee (Sweetie) to discuss Top of the Lake, Campion's haunting and spellbinding new thriller, which launches on Monday evening on the Sundance Channel. Jane Campion is missing. The Oscar-nominated director of such films as The Piano and Bright Star is in Los Angeles for a quick stop before the Sundance Film Festival, where her seven-part mystery drama, Top of the Lake, will be screened in its entirety over one day. We’re scheduled to meet for a drink at the Polo Lounge in the historic Beverly Hills Hotel, »
- Jace Lacob
TNT has ordered six episodes of Life Flight (working title), a docu-drama that follows air-ambulance teams as they race to save lives. The series, slated to launch in early 2014, goes behind the scenes with the teams from Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, where the Life Flight service was born, and centers on the split-second decisions teams have to make while trying to perform life-saving procedures both on the ground and hundreds of feet in the air. The series also will focus on the hospital’s emergency room, where doctors, nurses and trauma surgeons do everything they can to save each patient brought in. Fox Television Studios and Boardwalk Entertainment Group produce Life Flight, with Gary A. Randall (Saving Grace, The Glades), Timothy Scott Bogart and Brad Bogart executive producers. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Elisabeth Moss spent her "Mad Men" break filming another television project, Sundance Channel's "Top of the Lake," a seven-part miniseries premiering March 18. And just like "Mad Men," "Lake" isn't typical TV.
The project reunites actress Holly Hunter and director Jane Campion -- both Oscar winners for 1993's landmark film "The Piano" -- in a quirky mystery set and filmed in a remote mountain region of New Zealand. In a testament to the series' cinematic ambitions, all seven hours will screen at this year's Sundance Film Festival before the small screen premiere.
Moss takes on the lead role of investigative detective Robin Griffin, who is drawn back to a town she had left behind by a sexual abuse case involving a pregnant 12-year-old girl. When the girl goes missing, Griffin becomes obsessed with solving the mystery.
"Every day was like the acting Olympics," Moss says during a presentation at the 2013 Winter TCA Press Tour. »
13 items from 2013
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