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Despite an explosion of programming options, the notion of networks denoting a certain brand still matters, executives concluded during a wide-ranging Hollywood Radio and Television Society luncheon Thursday, which often seemed as much therapy for programmers as an exploration of trends.
Panelists at the Beverly Hilton event spoke about the changing nature of their jobs, the increased likelihood of a passed-on project becoming a series — and perhaps even a hit — elsewhere and the uncertainty in knowing when to stick with a show or cut it loose, given the shift in measurement metrics.
On the brand issue, FX Networks and FX Prods. President of Original Programming Nick Grad called the promise associated with being on a specific network, such as FX, “a factor” in viewers’ decisions. He also rather wryly apologized for the pending onslaught of movie titles that will be turned into series after his network’s experience with adapting “Fargo” to television, »
- Brian Lowry
Lifetime’s original sci-fi show has ended like their latest. Witches of the East End has been cancelled. After two seasons, Lifetime has realized that that their fans are not into sci-fi and the drama was not enough to keep them hooked unlike previous successful shows such as Army Wives has. This news comes at the heels of what sounded like a promising season finale, which included a pregnancy. Now we know that wad actually their series finale.
This does not come as a surprise. When you consider Lifetime’s core, you know that people love more of romances, dramas or true crimes. So this show really never had a fair shot at winning over the majority. It looks like their best bet is to go online with a streaming network. However, that is less than likely since not many people seem too torn up over the who cancellation at this point. »
- Sarah Peel
The world’s best group playdate takes place this Sunday on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, attended as it is by Snow White, Cinderella (returning guest star Jessy Schram) and Sleeping Beauty (Sarah Bolger), each with their bambinos in tow.
Update: TVLine commenter Jordan gets 175 TVLine Power User Points (zero cash value) for spotting the munchkin dressed as Mickey Mouse.
Also amid the fresh batch of pics shared below: a bit more angst for poor Regina and Robin Hood, and a peek at Snow Queen’s flashback origin story.
In the episode “The Snow Queen,” Emma interrogates Ingrid at the sheriff’s station, »
Los Angeles transplants often bemoan the city's lack of networking opportunities. L.A.'s geography and inglorious public transit make it difficult to schedule small events. Moreover, it can be difficult to find showcases for indie shorts and features, which otherwise would find an audience in a different locale. That’s beginning to change. In addition to monthly events like NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, there’s the Indie Night Film Festival that takes place every Saturday at the Inside Jokes Comedy Club in Hollywood. Click here for how to submit. There is a two-drink minimum at the event. Other upcoming events include: Eli Roth’s Halloween All Night Marathon Oct. 31 All Night New Beverly Cinema 7165 West Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles http://www.thenewbev.com/ Screening of “Showrunners” Followed by Q&A With Showrunner Jeff Melvoin ("Army Wives") and Filmmaker Des Doyle Nov. 1 at 4:15 p.m. Arena Cinema Hollywood 1625 North Las Palmas Ave. »
Trevor Donovan is heading for Amish country. “90210” vet Donovan will star in the upcoming Up TV movie “Love Finds You in Charm,” a follow-up to this year's “Love Finds You in Sugarcreek,” which was Up's highest-rated original movie in 2014. Also read: Debbie Gibson, Gloria Reuben to Star in TV Movie ‘The Music in Me’ (Exclusive) Billed as a romantic, coming-of-age drama set in Amish country, the movie also stars Danielle Chuchran (“Dr. Seuss‘ The Cat in the Hat”), Drew Fuller (“Army Wives”) and Tiffany Dupont (“Born to Race: Fast Track”). The movie features Chuchran as Emma Miller, a beautiful young Amish. »
- Tim Kenneally
PlayStation's original drama series, “Powers,” has recruited two new potential villains played by “Army Wives” actor Adam Boyer and newcomer Mickey Cole Jr., TheWrap has learned exclusively. See photos: Fall TV Preview: 85 New and Returning Shows (Photos) “Powers” follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), who are assigned to investigate cases involving people with extraordinary abilities, referred to as “Powers.” Boyer will play Olympia on one episode with the possibility of recurring. He's an adored Power superstar who was once the darling of the world. And although he's still charismatic, Olympia is. »
- Jethro Nededog
With less than two weeks to go before its U.S. release IFC Films has debuted a new trailer for Camp X-Ray, writer-director Peter Sattler’s upcoming Guantanamo Bay drama which stars Kristen Stewart (Twilight) as a guard who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a detainee, played by Payman Maadi (A Separation).
See Also: Read our review of Camp X-Ray here
A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots. But she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay instead, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squadmates, she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees. A story of two people, »
- Gary Collinson
This past week, the South Carolina Film Commission hosted a small troupe of journalists for a lovely, whirlwind tour of Charleston and its surrounding areas. The wining and dining (so, so much dining) was an effort to show off the city, and the state, as a great place for moviemaking. It worked. A fairly long list of films have made their home there over the years, perhaps most famously The Patriot; but also The Prince of Tides, Dear John, Forrest Gump and incredibly, Die Hard: With A Vengeance (along with many others). TV shows are also no exception: Army Wives just finished up its seventh season, while Reckless finished its first (and while Reckless may not have been a great series by any measure, it did have "one of the best B-rolls on television," to agree with our hosts). Hit the jump for more on how South Carolina is looking »
- Allison Keene
It’s hard to slow down and savor life (or love) when you have the likes of Peter Pan, the Wicked Witch and evil snowmen coming after you. And yet Once Upon a Time‘s Emma will endeavor to do just that as Season 4 of the ABC series continues this Sunday at 8/7c.
TVLine spoke with Jennifer Morrison about Emma’s adventures in dating, a certain swashbuckler’s extreme makeover, having an ice time with Queen Elsa, smoothing things over with Regina and other hot topics.
Related Ratings: Once Upon a Time Premiere Hits a 2-Year High
Tvline | So, tell »
ABC’s Once Upon a Time, after four months of buzz, finally opened Season 4 and its Frozen-themed arc. Did seeing Elsa, Anna et al come to life give you chills, or leave you cold?
Related Once Upon a Time Bosses Preview Emma/Regina Deep Dive, [Spoiler]‘s Return and More
In The Arendelle That Was…. | Even with all the build-up, Once‘s take on Frozen was even more faithful (if sometimes a bit on-the-nose) than I expected. In flashback, we see Elsa and Anna’s parents — King Agdar and Queen Idun, dressed exactly as they were in the movie — on their fateful voyage to, »
Ellis Grey, have you had some work done? Meredith Grey's (Ellen Pompeo) mother—a.k.a. the root of all her problems—looks extremely different in the Grey's Anatomy season 11 premiere, but she hasn't gone under the knife...she's actually being played by a whole new actress! E! News has confirmed that the long-running ABC hit medical drama has recast the role of young Ellis Grey for tonight's premiere. The role previously played by American Horror Story's Sarah Paulson in flashbacks in season six will now be played by Army Wives star Sally Pressman. So what's the reason for the switcheroo? According to TVLine (who first reported the recasting news), »
Prepare to do a double take during tonight’s Grey’s Anatomy premiere (8/7c, ABC).
As previously reported, Shonda Rhimes’ medical soap will kick off Season 11 with a series of flashbacks depicting the love affair between Ellis Grey and Richard Webber — a tryst that we now know produced Meredith’s half-sister, Maggie.
Related Fall TV Spoilerpalooza: Exclusive Scoop and Photos From 42 Returning Favorites, Including Grey’s Anatomy
The feisty Sally Pressman from Army Wives landed a new gig, a role on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. She announced the news via Twitter along with Adam Horowitz confirming it. No word yet on what role she will be play yet or when her character will come into play. Some expect she will play a role in flashbacks, but that will remain to be seen. Hopefully based upon her tweet though that means she will be more than a one time guest star. Here was how Sally announced her role.
Once Upon A Time…there were extensions, eyelashes and gowns…and a Very happy actress
We love how she announced the news. It was a fun play and also clever as it wasn’t exactly clear as day. We personally cannot wait to learn more about her role. I always enjoyed her acting on Army Wives, so we »
- Sarah Peel
If Mark Gordon's name isn't familiar, his filmography will be. The producer's diverse 20-year includes "The To Do List," "Rampart," "Source Code," "The Day After Tomorrow," "Wonder Boys," "A Simple Plan," and "Speed." He earned an Oscar nomination in 1999 for "Saving Private Ryan." His upcoming films include Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic and Todd Phillips' upcoming comedy "Arms and The Dudes" starring Shia Labeouf and Jesse Eisenberg. And today, the Producers Guild of America announced that Gordon would be honored with a lifetime achievement award — for his contributions to television. Yes, Gordon's success stems to successful TV too. Gordon is currently the executive producer on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” CBS’ “Criminal Minds” and Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” with notable past work including "Private Practice," "Army Wives" and "Reaper." The PGA will present Gordon with the 2015 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television during its 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. »
- Matt Patches
“Rarely do we come across an entertainment powerhouse who not only raises the bar for the standard of television, but changes the landscape of the industry altogether,” said Producers Guild Awards co-chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy.
The 2014 recipient of the Norman Lear Award was Chuck Lorre and previous recipients include J J Abrams, Don Mischer, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, Garry K Marshall, Aaron Spelling, Steven Bochco, David E Kelley and Mark Burnett. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
In a statement Monday, PGA awards co-chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy said, “Rarely do we come across an entertainment powerhouse who not only raises the bar for the standard of television, but changes the landscape of the industry altogether. Mark Gordon is that powerhouse, whose vision has brought us some of the most essential television shows of our time, such as ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Army Wives’ and ‘Ray Donovan.’ Through Mark’s abiding passion for storytelling and his profound impact on contemporary television, he truly lives up to this award’s namesake. We are so pleased to honor him this year with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.”
The 26th annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. »
- Tim Gray
Television and film producer and past Producers Guild of America president Mark Gordon will receive the 2015 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, the PGA announced on Monday. The award will be handed out at the Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 24, 2015 at the Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles. In a statement announcing the honor, awards co-chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy said Gordon was a man “whose vision has brought us some of the most essential television shows of our time, such as ‘Grey's Anatomy,' ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Army Wives’ and ‘Ray Donovan.'” Gordon's other productions include the upcoming USA. »
- Steve Pond
Rather, Murder is the brainchild of Shondaland vet Pete Nowalk, a non-angry white man who has penned scripts and produced for both Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. As such, the freshman drama — premiering Thursday at 10/9c, after the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal season openers — marks the shingle’s first non-Shonda creation to score a time slot since Jenna Bans’ Off the Map.
Photos Fall TV’s Breakout »
One week before it airs, ABC this Sunday night held a star-studded screening of Once Upon a Time‘s Season 4 premiere, which is titled “A Tale of Two Sisters” and introduces the much-ballyhooed crossover of Frozen characters.
To tide you over until we start doling out the heaps of scoop we got on the red carpet from many of the series stars (present and past), here’s a list of teasers from the new season’s opening hour.
Related Fall TV Spoilerpalooza: Exclusive Scoop From 42 Returning Favorites, Including Once
* The premiere’s opening scene takes place in Arendelle, the setting for Frozen, »
“South Park” aired a Washington Redskins-skewering commercial during the Redskins game “When I named my company Washington Redskins, it was out of deep appreciation for your team and your people,” Cartman says in the one-minute ad for the new “South Park” season that will likely include a parody of the team’s name. “The Daily Show” created a showdown between Native Americans and Redskins fans Four diehard fans of the Washington Redskins agreed to be mocked by correspondent Jason Jones for a Sept. 13 taping. But they were surprised to be confronted by a larger group of Native American activists. “This goes way beyond mocking. Poking fun is one thing, but that’s not what happened,” said one of the fans who agreed to “The Daily Show” appearance. “The Daily Show” has yet to air the segment. Eric the Actor, a diehard “American Idol” fan who parlayed phoning the Howard Stern show into TV guest roles, »
- Norman Weiss
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