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Related 12 Years a Slave Screenwriter Pens American Crime Drama for ABC
Written by 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner John Ridley and set in California’s Central Valley, the series centers on a racially charged murder and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the players involved.
Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Timothy Hutton (Leverage), Benito Martinez (Sons of Anarchy), W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) and Penelope Ann Miller (Mistresses) lead the American Crime ensemble. Per The Hollywood Reporter, King will appear in »
Amazon Studios held court on Saturday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills, where they shared fresh sneak peeks at four of their new series — dramas Bosch and The After, and half-hours Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle — and then hinted at time frames for their respective launches.
Related Grey’s Anatomy‘s T.R. Knight Joins Amazon Drama Pilot
The closest critics came to nailing down a premiere “date” was a “late September” debut for Transparent, Six Feet Under scribe Jill Soloway’s Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy about a Los Angeles family with boundary issues.
Soloway also revealed that, »
Binge is the new black: Amazon Studios is taking a cue from streaming rival Netflix in its release of an upcoming series. The TV studio division of the online retailer plans to make available all 10 episodes of its new dark comedy Transparent at the same time this fall. Transparent creator Jill Soloway announced the move to reporters at the show’s Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour panel in Beverly Hills on Saturday.
When Amazon released its first round of major shows — comedies Alpha House and Betas, which debuted last year — the company rolled out new episodes on a staggered basis, »
- James Hibberd
Is Castle‘s biggest bad down for the count? Will Once Upon a Time‘s Elsa be chillin’ like a villain? What’s the classical twist to Arrow‘s next adversary? Who’s jumped off The Last Ship? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Will the shift in showrunners on Castle have an effect on current storyline set up in the Season 6 finale? –Rachael
In a word, nope. Everything I am hearing from well-placed sources indicates that while David Amann will be taking over the day-to-day running of the show, the vision very much »
The drama series - a spinoff from the Librarian TV movies starring Noah Wyle - was green-lit by Us channel TNT in April.
Universal will air the show within 24 hours of Us broadcast, it has confirmed.
"An action-adventure drama driven by a group of both daring and quirky characters, The Librarians is an exciting addition to Universal Channel's programming line-up around the world," said Steve Patscheck, Executive Vice President, Programming, Universal Networks International.
"We are pleased to be a part of this brand new series that will be timed to air within 24 hours of the Us debut, giving »
Previously due to be released next spring, DreamWorks recently announced that The Penguins of Madagascar and Home would be switching release dates, putting Skipper and co. in cinemas a full four months earlier.
There’s just over five months left on the clock now before the film’s arrival, and the studio has debuted a great first trailer online.
- Kenji Lloyd
At its upfronts this morning TNT announced that it is launching a major brand overhaul, focusing on a younger audience and, as you can see below, more action-packed series. Check out the full trailers below.
Public Morals - 1960s cop drama that centers on the Public Morals Division. It’s there that cops walk the line between morality and criminality as the temptations that come from dealing with all kinds of vice can get the best of them. It centers on cop Terry Muldoon (Ed Burns), who knows the line between the good guys and the bad guys is thin but is determined to raise his sons to be honest and hardworking.
Proof. A supernatural drama starring Jennifer Beals and produced by Kyra Sedgwick. The procedural centers on a skeptical, hard-science female surgeon (Jennifer Beals) who after experiencing tragedy in her family, sets out to explore whether there is anything after death. »
- Claire Hellar
The story of 2009 Kentucky Derby standout Mine That Bird follows in the hoofprints of other equine heroes, but while the saga of “Seabiscuit” was suffused in Americana, and “Secretariat” leaned on the success of a pioneering woman in the sport, “50 to 1” has less grandiose ideas: It’s more of a bawdy buddy movie about the horse’s trainer, Chip Woolley, and owner, Mark Allen (who exec produced), with a bit of slapstick thrown in. Call it “Smokey and the Bird,” if you will, and keep the cliches coming, barkeep. Odds for success at the box office are a bit longer than the title is offering.
Still, the fact-based film’s timing is excellent (though the events it chronicles are perhaps a bit too recent to mask the ending), with its official opening scant days after the running of the upcoming Preakness, where Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome has a shot »
- Bill Edelstein
ABC's New Pick Ups
ABC announced this week that it would be adding nine new shows to their line-up, including Felicity Huffman’s return to television and another Marvel spinoff.
Marvel’s Agent Carter is a spinoff of Captain America: The First Avenger and will star Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter. The show will pick up in 1946, after the Captain’s death in the first Captain America film, and Agent Carter returns home to a sexist military and life as a double agent. After her dealings with Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger, Agent Carter works as a spy for the Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve) for Mr. Stark, aka Iron Man’s father. Whether »
“We miss him already.” Jose Behar is calling from an Oregon-based location shoot for Electric Entertainment’s upcoming television series “The Librarians.” The producer’s admiration for Vince Porter comes across loud and clear, even over a sometimes-fuzzy cellphone connection. Porter, the former executive director of the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television, was instrumental in attracting Dean Devlin’s production company to the state with the second season of its TNT series “Leverage”; it was a sort of ground-zero event for the boom in film and especially television production throughout the state—with a mix of economic incentives, an abundance of local technical and creative talent, and Porter’s own reputation, based on his 12 years at Showtime and tenure as its vice president of production. After its first season was shot in Los Angeles, a plan to move the second season of “Leverage” to Canada was dropped after meetings with Porter, »
Joss Whedon and Ronald D Moore are among the TV show creators who feature in a new documentary trailer.
Showrunners will be the first feature-length film that delves into the world of TV executive producers, and the processes behind making a successful show.
Directed by Des Doyle, the film was created with the backdrop of WonderCon.
It will also feature Steven Molaro (The Big Bang Theory), Steve Callaghan (Family Guy), John Rogers (Leverage) and Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow). Rockne S O'Bannon (Revolution), Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), and Chris Carter (The X-Files) are also involved in the film. »
Exclusive: Jj Abrams, Matthew Carnahan, Jane Espenson, Hart Hanson, Ronald D. Moore, Kurt Sutter, and Joss Whedon are just some of the powerhouse television creators who appear in new docu Showrunners, from writer/director Des Doyle. Pic is the first feature length film to explore the rising power of the TV showrunner and the behind the scenes process that goes into making a hit show. Doyle brought the WonderCon crowds a taste over the weekend, appearing alongside Steven Molaro (The Big Bang Theory), Espenson (Once Upon a Time, Husbands), Steve Callaghan (Family Guy), John Rogers (Leverage, The Librarians), Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow), Rockne S. O’Bannon (Revolution), Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), Chris Carter (The X-Files, The After), and Showrunners co-producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey to unveil a clip from the film, which you can check out exclusively on Deadline below. The Black Sheep Productions, Romark Entertainment, and Junto Entertainment production came together with »
- JEN YAMATO
Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich used to be an effective team, bringing movies like Stargate and Independence Day into theaters as screenwriters and producers. Alas, Devlin and Emmerich haven.t produced a film together since 2000.s The Patriot, and Devlin hasn.t written anything (apart from an episode of Leverage) since 1998.s "mutter the title under your breath, lest you be publicly scorned" blockbuster Godzilla. It looks like that drought is about to end pretty soon, as Heat Vision has reported that Mr. Devlin is not only writing but also directing what looks like a massive throwback to those Independence Days and Stargate nights. And he.s got Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen) helping out in the lead! Geostorm tells the story of Mr. Butler.s character, who.s described as: ".a stubborn but charming satellite designer who, when the world.s climate-controlling satellites malfunction, has to work together with »
When a show reaches its final season there is an inevitability that things could end badly, though if you really like the characters you hope now. With Leverage: Complete Season 5 you would hope that the shows light-hearted sense of humour would mean that everybody ends up safe, but when you get to the final episode this becomes very questionable, though I’m not going to spoil it in a review where I try to say why I liked it.
If you’ve watched any of the prior seasons you already know how Leverage works, but just as before the idea is that a group of criminals have been brought together to help the innocent fight against big companies who use unscrupulous means to get what they want. The Leverage team are there »
- Paul Metcalf
Gerard Butler is attached to star in the sci-fi adventure Geostorm, which Dean Devlin is directing. Warner Bros. just closed a deal to distribute the film, which was developed by David Ellison's Skydance Productions.
The story centers on a stubborn and charming satellite designer (Gerard Butler), who is forced to team up with his estranged brother to save the world from a man-made storm, after all the weather satellites begin to malfunction. They must journey into space to save the day, while an assassination plot against the U.S. president unfolds.
The project will mark Dean Devlin's feature directorial debut, although he has previously directed episodes of TNT's Leverage. He is best known for writing big-budget features such as Independence Day and 1998's Godzilla.
Gerard Butler is currently shooting Gods of Egypt, »
The 44-year-old actor is said to have signed up to play the lead in the sci-fi adventure film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Butler's character is a "stubborn but charming satellite designer" who is forced to try and save the world from a catastrophic storm when the world's climate-controlling satellites malfunction.
TNT has greenlit 10 episodes for a series based on The Librarians franchise, slated to air in late 2014. The TV movies told the story of a group of extra special librarians who live beneath the Metropolitan Public Library in New York and safeguard mystical relics from forces of evil by slapping them with outrageous overdue fees. The plot is a messy stew of Indiana Jones, National Treasure, and Hell Boy …but the product is less than the sum of its parts.
- JoJo Marshall
With all producing deals closed and a cast in place, TNT has given the green light to The Librarians, a 10-episode series follow-up to the network’s hit movie trilogy The Librarian, for a premiere in late 2014. The series will have a female lead played by Rebecca Romijn, returning to TNT where she played one of the leads in King & Maxwell. Noah Wyle, who toplined the movies, is executive producing and reprising his role in a recurring capacity because he is the star of another TNT series, Falling Skies. Romijn leads a cast that includes Christian Kane (TNT’s Leverage), Lindy Booth (Copper) and John Kim (Neighbors) as well as John Larroquette. Joining Wyle from the movies are Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin, who also will reprise their roles, with Matt Frewer (TNT’s Falling Skies) also set to recur. The series, which will be produced by the company behind the movies, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
This TV show about a squad of former con artists turning the tables on the real villains takes place in the exaggerated but familiar world of heist movies it's a formula that works
What's the key to a successful heist? Timing. When breezy crime drama Leverage first appeared six years ago, the world was reeling from the financial crisis. So the show's central premise a team of semi-reformed criminals using their shady expertise to turn the tables on fat cats who prey on the weak had a certain vicarious appeal.
It's pure escapism, replacing the scales of justice with elaborate long cons that deceive and then expose a new baddie per episode. The show takes place in the exaggerated but familiar world of heist movies, where security lasers are backflipped over as jazzy music plays on the soundtrack. Giving it some dramatic heft is Timothy Hutton as Nathan Ford, a »
- Graeme Virtue
To mark the release of Leverage Season 5 on 14th April, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away on DVD.
The final season of this much-loved TV hit follows former insurance agency investigator Nathan Ford (Academy Award® winner Timothy Hutton) and his team of highly skilled, tech-savvy grafters in this latest instalment, which continues the edgy drama of highly successful previous seasons of the show.
Season 5 features powerful cameos from guest stars including; Cary Elwes (Liar Liar, The Princess Bride), Matthew Lillard (The Bridge, Scream),Treat Williams (127 Hours, Once Upon a Time in America), Neil Hopkins (Skyline, Detour), Adam Baldwin (Full Metal Jacket, Chuck) and Fred Ward (The Player, Escape From Alcatraz).
In this grand finale the team of former top-criminals have relocated to new headquarters in Portland, Oregon and are embarking on some of their biggest ‘unorthodox’ cases to date. This final chapter of the show explores the trust among each of the members, »
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