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Oscar producers: Neil Patrick Harris received the Academy's only formal offer to host Responding to a Hollywood Reporter report that Harris was the 4th choice to host the Oscars, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron released a statement saying: “After every Oscar show there is always a discussion as to who will host the next one. Many names are discussed and sometimes even floated without there being any formal offers. At times, these casual discussions take on a life of their own, and some are eager to break a story without knowing the facts. Neil Patrick Harris received the Academy’s formal offer. He is the perfect choice for the Oscars and will be the consummate host.” Anderson Cooper ticks off a reporter by refusing to take a selfie with him at the Canadian shooting site “No, I will not take a photo with you on a day where someone was killed! »
- Norman Weiss
McCormack’s Denna Altshuler is described as tough and highly successful. Marty will bring her in to help rescue his troubled business.
The Cougar Town creator is shepherding a pilot adaptation of the popular British comedy for NBC, our sister site Deadline reports, with Community‘s Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan on board to write and executive-produce with Lawrence. Additional EPs include Jeff Ingold and Craig Cegielski.
As its title suggests, The It Crowd follows the exploits of a British company’s information-technology department.
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Mortal Instruments and Resident Evil are getting TV series spin-offs. According to Constantin executive board chairman Martin Moszkowicz, the company is increasing their TV activities internationally, and said properties are set to move into television.
Moszkowicz also mentioned that the company started to develop various international TV drama series a couple of years ago.
"Constantin has a lot of feature film brands and we are moving them into television. For instance, we own the rights to the book series The Mortal Instruments, and we just hired a showrunner in Los Angeles, and our offices in Los Angeles and Canada are starting production next year on at least two or three international shows."
The Resident Evil TV series will come into play after the next feature film, and Perfume. Ed Decter (Unforgettable, The Client List, In Plain Sight) has been attached to the Mortal Instruments series.
Source: Variety »
- Laura Frances
Constantin Film is expanding its television business with TV series based on the "Resident Evil" and "Mortal Instruments" movies. "Constantin has a lot of feature film brands and we are moving them into television," said the company. "For instance, we own the rights to the book series 'The Mortal Instruments' and we just hired a showrunner in Los Angeles, and our offices in Los Angeles and Canada are starting production next year on at least two or three international shows." Showrunner Ed Decter, whose credits include "The Client List" and "In Plain Sight," has been attached to the "Mortal Instruments" series. The plan is to begin shooting next year. Meanwhile, a sequel to the "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" was greenlit last year, but then quickly shelved after the first movie underperformed at the box office. Every installment of "Resident Evil" seems to be a surprise, because there are always »
Constantin exec board chairman Martin Moszkowicz confirmed the news at a launch for another Constantin high-end TV series, “Shades of Guilt,” at Mipcom TV market in Cannes Sunday.
Constantin has been involved in TV production for many years, and half of its activities is in TV, Moszkowicz said, but the company’s strategic goal was to shift more toward television. “We are increasing our TV activities substantially both in Germany and internationally,” he said. Fiction series would be the focus of the growth, he added.
He said that around two years ago the company had started to develop various international TV drama series, some of them English-language. “We are moving rapidly,” Moszkowicz said.
“Constantin has a lot of feature film brands and we are moving them into television. »
- Leo Barraclough
After stalling at the box office, The Mortal Instruments is coming back. As a television series. Constantin Film, the production company that controls the rights to Cassandra Clare's best-selling Ya fantasy franchise and which produced The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones film, is relaunching Mortal Instruments as a high-end drama series. Constantin has hired Ed Decter, whose writer-producer credits include Helix, Unforgettable, In Plain Sight and The Client List, as the showrunner for the Mortal Instruments series. The project is currently in development, with Constantin planning to begin production next year. No broadcast partners are yet attached
- Scott Roxborough
Syfy's anticipated adventure thriller 12 Monkeys will make its series premiere on Friday, January 16 at 9pm Et/Pt.  Inspired by the classic blockbuster film, which commemorates its 20th anniversary next year, 12 Monkeys explores the provocative story of a time traveler from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Atlas Entertainment, producer of the original theatrical film.
12 Monkeys stars Aaron Stanford (as time-traveler Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse), Barbara Sukowa (Jones) and Noah Bean (Aaron Marker).  Additional key recurring roles include Tom Noonan (Damages, Hell On Wheels) as a mysterious villain and Emily Hampshire (Rookie Blue) as mental patient Jennifer Goines. »
'7th Heaven' Actress Dies
Goldberg passed away in her sleep at her family’s cabin in Wisconsin Sept. 27. "She went to sleep and didn't wake up," the actress’s mother Judy Goldberg told the Chicago Sun-Times. It is suspected that a heart ailment is to blame.
Goldberg got the acting bug while working as an extra during the wedding scene in 1997 Julia Roberts vehicle My Best Friends Wedding, which filmed near her family home in Chicago. Up until that point, Goldberg, who’d earned a microbiology degree from Amherst College, planned on becoming a doctor. After she was discovered, she ditched those plans to move to Hollywood, where she soon found success.
After a few small parts in TV and film, Goldberg landed a role on 7th Heaven as eldest son Barry’s love interest. »
The actress, who played Sarah Glass Camden on the hit WB show, died on September 27 at her family home in Wisconsin.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, she died of natural causes, but an autopsy was not able to determine a specific cause of death. Her mother, Judy, told the newspaper that a heart ailment may have been responsible.
Photos: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years
"She went to sleep and didn't wake up," Goldberg's mother told the Sun Times.
On the WB drama, Goldberg played Sarah Glass, the love interest of eldest son Matt Camden, played by actor »
You probably know Rachel Boston as one of the stars of Lifetime's "The Witches of East End," which is just about to wrap up its second season with a highly-anticipated two-hour finale event this Sunday, October 5.
Boston currently plays witch Ingrid Beauchamp on the sexy series, but she has appeared in her shows like "In Plain Sight" or "American Dreams." She's also working on associate producing and starring in the upcoming Hallmark film "Small Miracles," alongside Rita Moreno.
Rachel knows a thing or two about entertainment focused on the dark arts, so she shared her 5 favorite shows and movies that feature witches. If you're in the mood for some sorcery, spells, and magic, check out her picks below.
"The Witches of East End" Season 2 finale airs Sunday, October 5 at 9 p.m. »
- Alana Altmann
Related Fall TV Spoilerpalooza: Scoop on 42 Returning Favorites, Including Poi
The season opens with a (seeming) non sequitur, as a beleaguered journalist (In Plain Sight‘s Frederick Weller) vents to a beautiful stranger (Martine Rousseau, played by Mad Men‘s Cara Buono) at a bar in Budapest. The reporter spins a tale of an “artificial intelligence” that has stealthily invaded our society, observing the public’s every move. The woman allows for such a possibility, »
“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
ABC's Scandal is adding to its season four guest roster. Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) and Josh Randall (Ed) have been tapped to guest star on ABC's red-hot political thriller, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. McCormack and Randall will play a couple and appear in an early October episode of the Kerry Washington starrer. While additional details about their roles are being kept under wraps, Rhimes told THR that season four will feature more of its trademarked case of the week stories. "In season two and season one, Kerry is in almost every scene, and that's not possible in
- Lesley Goldberg
Pour yourself a glass of wine, Scandal fans, and help us toast the newest guest stars on the Season 4 roster! Josh Randall (Ed) and Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) will appear on the show for an episode in early October, and will play a couple, E! News has confirmed. That's all we know. Any other details on their appearance are being kept—as most Scandal details usually are—under wraps. McCormack is best known for starring as Mary Shannon on In Plain Sight, but has also had memorable roles on The West Wing and last season's shortlived sitcom Welcome to the Family. Randall is probably most remembered for his roles on Ed, Greek, or any number of appearances »
The In Plain Sight and CSI alums, respectively, will play a couple in an episode slated for early October. Further details on their roles are being kept under wraps, which means the comments section is open for your guesses.
Though McCormack is a newbie to Shondaland, Randall has previously appeared on both Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, though he played two different roles.
Scandal returns for season 4 on Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC.
- Natalie Abrams
The TV vets are set to guest-star in a Scandal Season 4 episode, TVLine has learned, playing a power couple.
No further details on their storyline are available.
Along with all the other projects you've seen her name linked to over the past several months, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn is deep in post-production on her sophomore directorial effort, The Girl, and as she readies the film for presentation to the market, she provided us with a look at its new teaser.
Executive producer and investor Lony Ruhmann again collaborates with Blanc/Biehn Productions on The Girl, which stars Evie Louise Thompson (The Call) in the title role and introduces Tristan DeVan as Tommy.
Michael Biehn (Terminator), Tia Carrere (True Lies, "In Plain Sight"), Dana Daurey (Among Friends), Nick Nicholson (Hidden in the Woods), Raven Carrell, Grace Powell, Jenise Blanc, Lorraine Ziff (Among Friends), and Hallie Jordan (To the Bridge) co-star.
Music composition is being handled by Randy Chance, and the director of photography is Steve Romano. The production team under Blanc/Biehn Productions and executive producer Ruhmann includes Mark Burnham, »
- Debi Moore
Production on Syfy's upcoming "12 Monkeys" series begins next month, and along with more details on that we have two new cast members to announce, one of whom is quite near and dear to our horror-loving hearts.
From the Press Release:
Syfy’s adventure thriller "12 Monkeys" will commence series production August 6, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. The season, consisting of 13 episodes, stars Aaron Stanford (as time traveler Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse), and Noah Bean (Aaron Marker).
Syfy also confirms additional casting, inking Tom Noonan (pictured; The House of the Devil, The Roost, "Hell on Wheels") and Emily Hampshire (Cosmopolis, "Rookie Blue") for recurring roles. Noonan portrays a mysterious villain who is the face of the enigmatic Army of the 12 Monkeys. Imposing and intelligent, Noonan’s character will be at the center of the conspiracy. Hampshire will portray Jennifer Goines, a dangerous, unstable mental patient who might have the »
- Debi Moore
The Blacklist is bulking up for season two. Just days after adding Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) to the cast in a recurring role, NBC's breakout drama has added a House of Cards actress as a new series regular. Mozhan Marno has been cast as Tamar Katzman, a former Mossad agent and incredibly intuitive spy who goes head to head with Raymond Reddington (James Spader). Photos Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2014-15 Marno played Ayla Sayyad on Netflix's House of Cards. Her credits include a guest role in CBS' Madam Secretary pilot as well as episodes of In Plain Sight, Ringer and
- Lesley Goldberg
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