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Prominent TV casting director Will Stewart has deleted his professional Facebook page, which advertised his casting workshop classes. In a post published Aug. 14 announcing the decision, he explained, “workshops are dying after the hate piece by The Hollywood Reporter,” referring to the examination of the proliferation of pay-to-play TV audition practices that THR published in late March. Until recently, Stewart was a casting director on several of Shonda Rhimes’ ABC shows, starting with Grey’s Anatomy in 2007, continuing through Private Practice and ending with a several-season run on Scandal. More recently, he cast the pilot
- Gary Baum
Time is ticking down to the 13th season of Grey's Anatomy, and we've got a lot to mull over until then. As you might recall, last season's finale didn't have any major deaths, but there were plenty of emotional twists and turns. As such, we've got a few questions we'd like to have answered when the next chapter arrives. So, like, will Jackson and April get back together? They seem so happy, and they have a healthy baby girl together! It's meant to be. It's meant to be! Are Meredith and Riggs going to keep gettin' down or what? I mean, they were getting pretty hot and heavy at the end of the season. How could they stop now? And what about Riggs and Hunt? Are they cool now? Things between them seem oddly settled . . . at least for the moment, right? DeLuca, are you Ok?! Please tell me that beautiful face hasn't been irreparably mangled. »
- Ryan Roschke
The pop star will sing alongside Corden during the Thursday, Aug. 25, episode of his CBS late night show, the network announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
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Based on the novel by Kem Nunn, Chance (premiering Wednesday, Oct. 19) is a provocative, psychological thriller that focuses on Dr. Eldon Chance (Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. The series also stars Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), LisaGay Hamilton (The Practice), Paul Adelstein (Private Practice), Ethan Suplee (My Name Is Earl »
Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 will pick up right where the May finale left off — which will be a pretty neat trick, seeing as newlywed Amelia’s portrayer is now pregnant.
PhotosGrey’s Anatomy Season 13 Poster Puts (Half of) Meredith Front and Center
“We are picking up right where we left off, which is hilarious, because I was in a somewhat different geometric state,” Caterina Scorsone quipped at ABC’s Television Critics Association press tour party, while rubbing her budding baby bump. (On Thursday she announced that she is expecting her second child with husband Rob Giles.)
Doubtful that Grey’s »
Parent-child relationships are delicate even under the most ideal circumstances, but they can be extra trying or difficult when there’s an imbalance due to events beyond anyone’s control. Such is the case for the new film “A Light Beneath Their Feet,” about a mother-daughter relationship amidst a sea of change and turmoil. The film stars Taryn Manning as Gloria, a young mother struggling with bipolar disorder, and Madison Davenport as Beth, her daughter and the one source of stability in her life. Beth is about to leave for college soon and Gloria struggles with her imminent departure. As the two go through ups and downs, Beth weighs her options between staying local for her mother or pursuing her dream across the country while Gloria tries to learn to let go. Watch an exclusive clip from “A Light Beneath Their Feet” below.
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- Vikram Murthi
There’s lots of movement in the Portland Police Department these days: In addition to Grimm‘s Capt. Renard leaving the force to become mayor, State of Affairs star Chris McKenna is joining the NBC supernatural drama as a “formidable” lieutenant, TVLine has learned.
McKenna will play Lt. Grossante, a “formidable and driven” an “military-type” cop, per the official character description. McKenna, who announced his casting via Twitter on Tuesday, is officially signed on for one episode but will probably appear in more.
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No word yet on whether or not Grossante is Wesen, »
“What the World Needs Now Is Love,” that’s for sure. But who knew it also needed a powwow of stars from Cagney & Lacey, Veronica Mars, Ugly Betty, The Mysteries of Laura, My So Called Life, Private Practice, Glee and Law & Order: Svu (among others)?
Stars from those TV shows and the Broadway community teamed up to cover that Burt Bacharach chestnut on the Democratic National Convention stage “in tribute to the lives affected by gun violence.”
The pass-the-mic-(and-do-it-quickly) staging was a tad puzzling — surely Hillary Clinton »
Kazuo Hirai, president and CEO of Sony Corp., will deliver the opening keynote speech at international TV market and conference Mipcom. Sony is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Mipcom, which runs Oct. 17-20 in Cannes, attracts some 14,000 delegates representing almost 5,000 companies.
“With Japan featuring as Mipcom 2016 Country of Honor, it’s exciting to welcome Mr. Hirai, who represents Sony, the best in the entertainment industry originated in that country,” said Laurine Garaude, director of television at Reed Midem, which organizes Mipcom.
Hirai’s speech is scheduled for 11.30 a.m. on Oct. 17 in the Cannes Palais’ Grand Auditorium.
This year’s conference program takes as its theme “The New Television,” which is “designed as a celebration of the success of small-screen programming across linear and digital platforms, where the power of choice prevails,” Mipcom said in a statement.
- Leo Barraclough
Taye Diggs is on his way to Fox.
Or, to be more accurate, Taye Diggs is on his way to the biggest hit Fox has seen in years.
Pencil it in, because he will be making his debut on the September 21 premiere.
Just who will Diggs portray on the wildly popular drama?
Angelo Dubois, a city councilman who is part of from a respected and affluent New York family.
He could have made a truckload of cash in the private sector.
However, overcome by sense of noblesse oblige, Dubois focuses his time and his energy instead on on community organizing and local politics.
- Matt Richenthal
Wait until Cookie gets a load of that million-watt smile.
Taye Diggs has signed on for a major recurring role on Fox’s Empire, TVLine has learned. The Private Practice vet will first appear in the Fox drama’s Sept. 21 Season 3 premiere as Angelo Dubois, a city councilman hailing from a respected and affluent New York family.
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With his pedigree and a Harvard law diploma, Diggs’ Angelo could have made a fortune in the private sector. Instead, he is ruled by his sense of noblesse oblige, »
Notorious executive producer Jennifer Cecil has signed a two-year overall deal with Sony TV, the studio behind the ABC drama series. Under the pact, she will continue working on Notorious and develop new projects. Cecil wrote last year’s dramedy pilot Mix for ABC through Warner Bros TV-based Le Train Train. She previously was co-showrunner on ABC’s medical drama Private Practice and co-executive producer on AMC’s Hell on Wheels. In addition, Cecil has written episodes of… »
“The Americans” star Matthew Rhys compares the process of directing an episode to childbirth — once it’s over, you forget how difficult it was in the moment (disclaimer: he is well aware that the comparison is totally baseless, but you get the point).
“The first episode back after directing, you’re just so relieved to be standing on a piece of tape, and not being pecked to death by a thousand questions,” he says. “It’s the episode after that where you go, ‘Oh, I’m a bit bored again.’ ”
Since episodic television relies on a revolving door of directors, actors are excited to take on new work behind the camera. Morgan Freeman, for one, directed the season two premiere of “Madam Secretary” (“The Show Must Go On”) in which the president goes missing and Elizabeth McCord [Tea Leoni] must be sworn into office. Freeman makes a cameo as the Supreme Court chief justice, and helps her take the oath.
The episode was his first directorial stint since his debut in 1993, directing the film “Bopha!” And while Freeman says he prefers the limited time in television as compared to a feature film, the episode still had its trials. “I think the biggest challenge in episodic television is time,” he says. “We cut some wonderful scenes. And you don’t like to cut actors out when they’ve done such wonderful work.”
Freeman will return to the “Madam Secretary” set in July to direct the show’s season three premiere. He says directing allows him to draw from his experiences working with legendary filmmakers. “The idea of directing does become appealing as you work [as an actor],” Freeman says. “Particularly when I worked with Clint Eastwood, I got so many great pointers in directing, just watching him work.” For example, “Positive feedback is the biggest thing, and speed.”
“Coming from the inside you kind of go, ‘Look, I know this dialogue, I’ve used it to annoy directors myself.’ ” matthew rhys
Multi-hyphenate Adam Arkin directed the final two episodes of “Fargo’s” season two, and also played a small role as Hamish Broker, a midlevel manager of a crime syndicate. He says his relationship between acting and directing has fluctuated over time, starting with his first gig on an episode of “Northern Exposure.”
“For quite a while after that, it was almost exclusively on shows that I had committed to as an actor already,” he says. “Now it’s done a complete 180, in that quite often the acting jobs I get now are connected with shows that I’ve already been established on as a director.”
The two episodes that Arkin directed on “Fargo” included elaborate coordination. He had to arrange sequences ranging in scope from a large-scale ambush at a hotel that is interrupted by a UFO sighting, to an intimate conversation in a car between Peggy Blumquist (Kirsten Dunst) and Lou Solverson (Patrick Wilson). “There were sequences in those episodes that involved the occasional sleepless night,” Arkin laughs.
So much so that the pressure of acting scarcely crossed his mind. “My focus was probably 98% on the directing part of the equation — even on the day that I was acting,” he says. “There are just a hundred more responsibilities in that role.”
Actors tend to direct shows that they already have ties to, but Regina King says when she expressed interest in directing, director-producer Paris Barclay advised her to do the opposite. “He said, ‘If you want people to really take you seriously, they need to see that you are taking the steps to take it seriously beyond your show. There are a lot of actors who direct on their show. You want to show that your ambition goes beyond what’s convenient.’”
So King applied to a number of directing programs, with her sights set specifically on ABC. “I wanted to work with Shonda Rhimes,” she says. Once she was accepted into the program, King began shadowing “Private Practice,” then “Scandal.”
“Part of the shadowing is you get to observe how the machine works,” she says. “You’re not coming in trying to change anything. You’re coming in, embracing the tone that’s already been set, and trying to put your own signature on it. It’s like you go into a person’s kitchen, and you say ‘Oh, I eat that too. I love chicken parmesan, but I sprinkle parsley on mine.’”
King has since directed “Scandal,” including the season five episode “Pencils Down” in which Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) tries to help presidential hopeful Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) recover from a campaign PR stunt gone wrong.
As an Emmy-winning actress, King says some of the same tools used in acting translate. “I’ve always had good communication with actors as an actor, so that was not much of shift,” she says. “That was a feather that I could already put in my director’s cap.”
Recently she also directed an episode of “The Catch,” and moved outside ShondaLand for episodes of “Animal Kingdom” and “Greenleaf,” all while starring in “American Crime” and “The Leftovers.” As her credits would suggest, King says her aspirations are neck and neck. “I don’t want to do one or the other, I want to do both,” she says. “And not particularly both at the same time.”
But unlike many actor-directors who might have a very small part in the episodes they direct, Rhys, who directed season four, episode eight of “The Americans” (“The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears”), is the lead actor. “I was lucky enough to trust an amazing crew,” he says. “I blindly, maybe ignorantly or arrogantly, trusted that [the acting] was there after four seasons, and just thought about the directing.”
Rhys says he was originally supposed to direct a different, less-involved episode, but co-star Keri Russell’s pregnancy led to a condensed production schedule.“I got [episode] eight, which was this beast of an episode that had airplanes and deaths and fights. Everything was thrown at the wall,” he says, “I was given a box of fireworks.”
Before “The Americans,” Rhys got his start directing a few episodes of “Brothers & Sisters” while he was on the show. He says he “was very keen to direct” when “The Americans” started, and even raised the idea with the creators. “Obviously they were very wary to give me an episode in season one,” he says. “They had kind of skirted the issue.” Which turned out to be a relief for Rhys once he realized how labor-intensive the show’s production schedule would be. “This is an absolute sprint.”
But on a broad level, directing and acting do inform one another, and manifest in literal ways. “When I first directed, years ago, it kind of changed a number of things about the way I conduct myself. I’m far more punctual. I don’t come with any ideas anymore. I just say to the director ‘Where do you want me to stand, and how do you want me to say it?’ It kind of makes me act quicker,” he says.
And Rhys sees one more big advantage: He speaks the actor’s language, which means he can see straight through their nonsense. “Coming from the inside you kind of go, ‘Look, I know this dialogue, I’ve used it to annoy directors myself, so don’t use it on me. There’s no magic here. I just need you to stand by the window.’”
- Seth Kelley
Walsh will play the mother of Hannah, a teen who — before committing suicide — send a box of audiotapes to her classmates, telling them the roles they played in her death, our sister site Deadline reports.
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Based on the 2007 young-adult novel by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why follows Clay (played by Dylan Minnette, Scandal) as he receives the box of tapes and instructions to pass them along to 12 other students. The project got a straight-to-series, »
Grey’s Anatomy ended season 12 with a wedding. The ABC series will continue to explore what’s next for Owen and Amelia. Caterina Scorsone teased what fans could see on the upcoming season of the medical drama.
She said the following to TV Line:
“I think she wants children. She remembers her pre-tragedy childhood with Derek and their sisters fondly, and I think she would want to recreate that kind of boisterousness in the house. That's one of the reasons she wanted to move in with Meredith and Maggie — she likes a boisterous household!”
There will be complications though. Fans of Private Practice will remember that Amelia lost her baby during the run of that series? Is she really willing to try again?
Are you excited to see what happens next for this pair on Grey’s Anatomy? Tell us »
Hey, we all want someone to blame when something goes awry. And at this time every year, consumers of TV are quick to carp that their favorite scripted show — be it Limitless, The Family or Game of Silence — got cancelled “because of reality-tv.” The numbers, however, indicate that unscripted fare is no longer TV’s go-to filler, and thus no longer a proper scapegoat.
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Having seen many a commenter lay blame for a fave’s misfortune at the feet of the Reality-tv Gods, TVLine »
We. Want In. That. Car.
As foreshadowed last week, Monday’s Late Late Show found host and Carpool Karaoke ringleader James Corden trekking around Manhattan with Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as Audra McDonald (Private Practice), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) and Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). On the quintet’s playlist: Songs from (natch) Hamilton, as well as Broadway classics Les Misérables and Rent.
The wildly entertaining stunt was tied to this year’s Tony Awards, over which Corden will preside when they’re broadcast live on Sunday, »
Broadway fans, prepare to be in the Subaru where it happened.
Monday’s Late Late Show (12:37 am/11:37 pm) will find host James Corden cruising and crooning with Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with Audra McDonald (Private Practice), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) and Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), EW.com reports.
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The bit is tied to this year’s Tony Awards, over which Corden will preside when they’re broadcast live on Sunday, June 12, on CBS. All of his passengers on this go-around have ties to the Great White »
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While the fourth season of Arrow proved to be highly divisive among fans, it’s probably safe to say that many will still want it to adorn their shelves. And for those who do, you’ll be glad to know that on August 30, you can bring home Oliver Queen’s latest adventures on either Blu-Ray or DVD.
Something that I found to be cool about this upcoming set is that it actually includes an episode of The Flash, so you can enjoy both parts of the mid-season crossover in case you elect to buy only one series. Furthermore, several bonus features focus on the likes of Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and Vandal Savage, which seems appropriate given that said crossover served as a backdoor pilot for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
For more information on what to expect, you can check out the full press release below, »
- Eric Joseph
Burbank, CA (May 31, 2016) – Just in time for Arrow’s fifth season on The CW, viewers can catch up with the thrilling series as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-rayTM including Digital HD and DVD on August 30, 2016. Averaging 4 million viewers weekly for each original episode, Arrow is The CW’s #3 show among Total Viewers, behind The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and the #2 series on The CW amongst Adults 18-34.* The release contains all 23 exhilarating episodes from the fourth season, and The Flash crossover episode; plus over an hour and a half of extra content, including the 2015 Comic-Con Panel, never-before-seen featurettes, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season is priced to own at $49.99 Srp for the DVD and $54.97 Srp for the Blu-ray including Digital HD.
*Source: Nielsen National TV View L+7 Us AA%; excluding repeats, specials, and »
- ComicMix Staff
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