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Matthew Graham interview: Childhood’s End, Syfy, Doctor Who

Simon Brew Sep 1, 2016

We chat to screenwriter Matthew Graham about Syfy miniseries Childhood's End, Us TV and why he's not doing any more Doctor Who...

Matthew Graham was the co-creator and co-executive producer of hit shows Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes, and he’s just brought Childhood’s End to the screen in the Us.

Here's the second of two interviews we've done with Matthew. The first took us behind the scenes on the development of the seemingly abandoned live-action Star Wars TV show he was hand-picked by George Lucas to work on, while this one looks at Childhood's End, as well as what he's up to now...

How have you found Syfy? They’ve gone through a big transition in recent years, and really seem to be behind science fiction television again.

I think that’s true. Two years ago, when I sat down to start talking
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Matthew Graham interview: the Star Wars live action TV show

Simon Brew Jul 21, 2016

Writer Matthew Graham takes us behind the scenes of George Lucas' since-abandoned Star Wars live-action TV show...

Matthew Graham was the co-creator and co-executive producer of hit shows Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes, and he’s just brought Childhood’s End to the screen in the Us. But off the back of the success of Life On Mars, he was picked by George Lucas to be one of the chosen few to work on the seemingly-abandoned live action Star Wars television show. And whilst he couldn’t share story details from the show – it’s all owned by Disney now – he was able to take us behind the scenes.

Here, then, is the first of two interviews we've done with Matthew. The second, coming to the site shortly, will look at his recent Syfy TV show, Childhood's End, as well as what he's up to now.
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Stars of ‘Unbroken,’ ‘Whiplash’ Vie for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award

Stars of ‘Unbroken,’ ‘Whiplash’ Vie for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award
London — “Unbroken” star Jack O’Connell and “Whiplash” lead Miles Teller are among the nominees for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award, which were announced Wednesday.

The award, which is sponsored by Ee, recognizes actors or actresses who “have demonstrated exceptional talent, and are destined to be bright stars in the future of cinema.” The other nominees are Shailene Woodley, Margot Robbie and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

O’Connell first came to public attention in the U.K. TV series “Skins,” which he starred in from 2009. In 2013, he took the lead in British indie film “Starred Up,” playing Eric, a violent reprobate prematurely transferred to an adult prison. The role earned him a best actor nomination at last year’s British Independent Film Awards.

He also received critical acclaim for his punchy portrayal of Private Gary Hook in “’71,” for which he was nominated for a British Independent Film Award last year. The thriller,
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From ‘Life On Mars’ To ‘The Living And The Dead’

Monastic Productions are to continue a strong relationship with the BBC, following news of a major period supernatural series being commissioned via the corporation’s UK and Us arms. Established by Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham (creators of Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes), their latest will be The Living And The Dead. Incorporating solid ingredients of Victoriana and the unexplained, the drama concerns the exploits of Nathan Appleby, a gentleman farmer in Somerset 1888, who develops an increasingly dangerous interest in the occult. This sounds like a mash up between The Village and Paranormal Activity and is the sort of high concept pitch BBC Wales/BBC America hope will fly the British flag abroad after the transatlantic achievements of Doctor Who over the past few years.

Graham contributed some scripts to that world famous brand, in addition making a short-lived Us version of Life On Mars. While the team
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British Independent Film Awards nominations announced in London

The nominations for the 15th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards have been unveiled in London.

They were announced by patron Adrian Lester (above), the Birmingham-born actor whose credits include The Day After Tomorrow and TV series Being Human, Bonekickers, Merlin and Hustle.

In a statement, joint directors of the awards Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson said: "In this our 15th year, we are delighted to welcome back six-time former host James Nesbitt.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated Pre-Selection Committee who watched over 200 films in order to produce the 2012 nominations, which once again reflect the diverse range of British film talent, and also welcome this year's appointed independent jury who will now spend the next month considering the nominated films."

The highest number of nominations this year goes to Broken with 9 nominations including Best Film, Best Director and Best Debut Director for Rufus Norris,
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Bonneville To Topline 3D "Captain Nemo"

Veteran British TV actor Hugh Bonneville will star in the 3D steampunk action feature "Captain Nemo" for Shoreline Entertainment says Heat Vision.

The story serves as a pseudo sequel to Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and finds Captain Nemo joining forces with President Ulysses Grant to battle an evil genius who is causing naval disasters.

Pearry Teo will direct the project which begins filming in Beijing this August. Illuminate Hollywood will handle the 3D visual effects while Mark Rudnitksy and Amy Krell are producing.

Bonneville's long resume stretches back two decades and includes the likes of "Lost in Austen," "Married for Life," "Tipping the Velvet," "The Robinsons," "Bonekickers," "Courting Alex," "Five Days" and films like "Notting Hill," "Mansfield Park," "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," "Iris," "Glorious 39" and "Burke and Hare". He currently stars in "Downton Abbey" and played a pirate captain in last week's episode of "Doctor Who".
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Hugh Bonneville: escape from Downton

Hugh Bonneville stars in this Christmas's Poirot. How did he become the poster-boy of period drama?

Down at the ITV offices, Hugh Bonneville thinks he is giving a press conference about his role as a butler in the new Poirot, Murder On the Orient Express, to be shown on Christmas Day. Yet all anyone wants to talk about is Downton Abbey. In his role as Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham, who presides over a house and family on the brink of ruin, Bonneville was a pivotal part of the Edwardian costume drama that pulled in 11.6m viewers and became the TV sensation of the year. In the next room, David Suchet (Poirot) is being interviewed and can be heard through the wall murmuring about Downton – and he wasn't even in it.

"I've had people come up to me in the past and say they enjoyed whatever show I've been in,
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Lancaster, Smart for new 'Doctor Who'

Lancaster, Smart for new 'Doctor Who'
Marshall Lancaster and Sarah Smart will appear in the upcoming sixth series of Doctor Who, according to Spotlight. The casting directory lists the two actors as appearing in episodes five and six of the new run, written by Bonekickers creator Matthew Graham. The episodes, currently titled 'The Rebel Flesh' and 'Gangers', will see Smart play a character named Jennifer Lucas. The actress previously starred in BBC detective drama Wallander as Anne-Britt Hoglund, and has also appeared in At Home with the Braithwaites alongside former Doctor Who star Peter Davison. Lancaster, known for his role as Chris (more)
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Premiere Week Synopses for CBS, NBC, and ABC

  • Collider.com
The fall television season is nearly upon us, with just about everything premiering between September 20-26. CBS, NBC, and ABC have all taken the opportunity to announce the premiere week synopses for all their new and returning shows via press release.

So if you’d like to see what the networks have planned for you on The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Chuck, The Event, The Office, Castle, Desperate Housewives, and many more, hit the jump.

The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning adventure reality series hosted by Emmy-nominated host, Phil Keoghan, which pits teams, of two, against each other on a trek around the world. At every destination, each team will have to compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. Teams who are the
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‘Undercovers’ – Two promos for J.J. Abrams new series

From acclaimed writer / producer / director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Fringe, Lost, Alias), who serves as co-writer, executive producer and also directs – his first TV pilot since Lost – comes Undercovers, his latest show for NBC. The show is a sexy, fun, action-packed spy drama that proves once and for all that marriage is still the world’s most dangerous partnership.

Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe, “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Bonekickers”), are a typical married couple who own a small catering company in Los Angeles and are helped by Samantha’s easily frazzled younger sister, Lizzy (Jessica Parker Kennedy, “Smallville”). Secretly, the duo were two of the CIA’s best spies until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired.

When fellow spy and friend Nash (Carter MacIntyre, “American Heiress”) goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, the Blooms
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Michael Giacchino to Score Let Me In, Undercovers; The Other Guys Groove to the Sounds of Jon Brion

  • Collider.com
As a regular for both J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek) and Pixar (Ratatouille, Up), Michael Giacchino has proven to be one of the medium’s most reliable composers in recent years; after this year’s win for Up, he’s got an Oscar to prove it. According to an announcement on Giacchino’s website, the composer will re-team with Cloverfield director Matt Reeves for the vampire thriller Let Me In. Meanwhile Abrams, the man who introduced the two as producer of Cloverfield, has procured Giacchino’s services for at least the pilot (and hopefully more) of the NBC spy drama Undercovers. And with that, both promising projects added another 1/4c of promise.

Hit the jump for details on Jon Brion’s score for the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg cop comedy, The Other Guys.

After the Paul Thomas Anderson films Hard Eight, Magnolia, and Punch-Drunk Love introduced him to cinema, Brion
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Mekia Cox cast in ‘Undercovers’

According to THR, actress Mekia Cox has been cast in NBC’s spy drama Undercovers. Cox replaces Jessica Parker Kennedy in the series created by J.J. Abrams. She’ll play Lizzy, the older sister of the female lead, who is unaware of her family’s involvement in the CIA.

Undercovers is a sexy, fun, action-packed spy drama that proves once and for all that marriage is still the world’s most dangerous partnership.

Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe, “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Bonekickers”), are a typical married couple who own a small catering company in Los Angeles and are helped by Samantha’s easily frazzled younger sister, Lizzy. Secretly, the duo were two of the CIA’s best spies until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired. When fellow spy and friend Nash (Carter MacIntyre, “American Heiress”) goes missing while
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NBC Unveils 2010-11 Primetime Schedule Accented By Five New Comedies, Seven New Dramas and New Alternative Program

hollywoodnews.com: The New Fall Schedule Features All-Drama Lineups on Mondays and Wednesdays and All Comedies on Thursdays, Plus Unscripted Programming into Compatible Dramas on Tuesdays and Fridays New Comedies Include “Friends With Benefits,” “Outsourced,” “Perfect Couples, “Love Bites” and “The Paul Reiser Show.”

New Dramas Are “Undercovers,” “The Event,” “Chase,” “Law & Order: Los Angeles,” “Outlaw,” “The Cape” and “Harry’s Law”; And New Alternative Show “School Pride

NBC announced today its 2010-11 primetime schedule that is highlighted by five new comedies, seven new drama series and one new alternative program, including shows from such innovative hit-makers as J.J. Abrams, Jerry Bruckheimer and David E. Kelley, among others.

The high-quality series include new comedies such as “Outsourced,” Love Bites,” “Perfect Couples,” “Friends With Benefits” and “The Paul Reiser Show.” The new dramas are “The Cape,” “Harry’s Law,” “Outlaw,” “Undercovers,” “The Event,” “Chase” and “Law & Order: Los Angeles.”

The schedule
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NBC Renews ‘Chuck,’ Cancels ‘Heroes,’ Launches Eight New Shows

Chicago – NBC announced their fall schedule and fans of “Heroes,” “Law & Order,” “Trauma,” and “Mercy” will shed a tear while on-the-bubble shows like “Chuck,” “Parenthood,” and “Community” will return with “Parks and Recreation” coming back later in the season. Most notably, the peacock network filled the now-vacant five hours of programming after “The Jay Leno Show” debacle with eight new fall shows and five more scheduled for midseason.

NBC has called in the starpower to help save the sinking network, bringing in new programs by J.J. Abrams, Jerry Bruckheimer, and David E. Kelley with recognizable TV veterans like Blair Underwood, Jimmy Smits, Laura Innes, and more.

The network has scheduled their fall 2010 season with thematic evenings. Mondays and Wednesdays will feature drama, Thursdays will be all comedy, and the rest of the week will include reality leading into similar dramas.

Jeff Gaspin, Chariman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment said, “This new
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NBC Reveals Full 2010-2011 Primetime Schedule

NBC reveals their full 2010-2011 primetime schedule NBC announced today its 2010-11 primetime schedule that is highlighted by five new comedies, seven new drama series and one new alternative program, including shows from such innovative hit-makers as J.J. Abrams, Jerry Bruckheimer and David E. Kelley, among others.

The high-quality series include new comedies such as Outsourced, Love Bites, Perfect Couples, Friends with Benefits and The Paul Reiser Show. The new dramas are The Cape, Harry's Law, Outlaw, Undercovers, The Event, Chase and Law & Order: Los Angeles.

The schedule features all-drama lineups on Mondays and Wednesdays and five comedies on Thursdays. Tuesdays will continue to combine the similar appeal of The Biggest Loser with Parenthood, and Fridays will team Who Do You Think You Are? and the new series School Pride with Dateline NBC and the new legal drama Outlaw.

NBC will also broadcast a 35th anniversary Saturday Night Live special
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NBC 2010-11 Drama Trailers: The Event, Chase, Undercovers, School Pride, Outlaw, The Cape, Harry’S Law

  • Collider.com
With the release of NBC’s 2010-11 schedule comes a whole bunch of preview clips to promote the network’s new shows. On the drama side, we have short clips from new fall shows The Event, Chase, Undercovers, School Pride and Outlaw as well as midseason offerings The Cape and Harry’s Law . (For clips from NBC’s new comedies, click here.) Check out the clips for yourself, as well as full synopses for each show, after the jump.

The Event, Mondays at 9/8c

The Event” is an emotional, high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter, “The Class”), an Everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his fiance, Leila (Sarah Roemer, “Disturbia”), and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history. Sean’s quest will send ripples through the lives of an eclectic band of strangers, including: newly elected U.S. President Martinez (Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood,
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Sneak Peek: J.J. Abrams’ NBC series ‘Undercovers’

From acclaimed writer / producer / director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Fringe, Lost, Alias), who serves as co-writer, executive producer and also directs – his first TV pilot since Lost – comes Undercovers, his latest show for NBC.

Undercovers is a sexy, fun, action-packed spy drama that proves once and for all that marriage is still the world’s most dangerous partnership.

Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe, “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Bonekickers”), are a typical married couple who own a small catering company in Los Angeles and are helped by Samantha’s easily frazzled younger sister, Lizzy (Jessica Parker Kennedy, “Smallville”). Secretly, the duo were two of the CIA’s best spies until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired. When fellow spy and friend Nash (Carter MacIntyre, “American Heiress”) goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, the Blooms are
See full article at Blogomatic3000 »

J.J. Abrams’ Undercovers Has Been Greenlit

  • ScifiMafia
Confirm this one down the pipeline for director J.J. Abrams (“Lost”, “Fringe”, “Alias”). His next television show, “Undercovers”, has just gotten the green light from NBC for the 2010-2011 season. The one-hour pilot already in the can stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Doctor Who”, “Bonekickers”) and Boris Kodjoe (“Soul Food”) as a CIA spy couple recently reactivated to duty.

Abrams has been hands-on with the pilot for this show, taking the helm in the director’s chair, producing, and co-writing the pilot with Josh Reims (“Brothers & Sisters”).

Jeff Gaspin, the Chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, talks about Abrams’ new show:

“J.J. has delivered another signature series along with our partners at Warner Bros and we couldn’t be happier.”

Angela Bromstad, NBC primetime president credits Abrams and Reims for bringing the network another potentially great show:

“Having J.J. on our creative team is a great reason for celebration. J.
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NBC picks up J.J. Abrams’ latest series ‘Undercovers’

We’ve been following the development of J.J. Abrams’ latest series Undercovers, for some time – in fact ever since it was announced as a possible pilot for 2010-2011; and now THR are reporting that NBC has picked up 13 episodes of the show for the upcoming fall season.

Abrams co-wrote, produced and directed the Undercovers pilot, which stars British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boris Kodjoe as a married couple who are re-activated as CIA agents after years of retirement. Undercovers also marks the first pilot Abrams has directed since 2004’s Lost.

As part of the early pick-up, NBC have released the full synopsis for the show:

Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe, “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Bonekickers”), are a typical married couple who own a small catering company in Los Angeles and are helped by Samantha’s easily frazzled younger sister, Lizzy (Jessica Parker Kennedy, “Smallville”). Secretly,
See full article at Blogomatic3000 »

NBC Picks Up J.J. Abrams' Undercovers For This Fall

NBC has picked up the J.J. Abrams conceived show Undercovers that will begin airing this fall and likely run into 2011.

The show circles a retired married couple who are pulled back to their former job as spies. Boris Kodjoe (Resident Evil: Afterlife) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Bonekickers) star as the couple, Steven and Samantha Bloom.

Abrams wrote the pilot and will direct it for NBC. The pick-up is the first for next season and no surprise considering its creator is responsible for helping hatch Lost, Alias, Fringe and the Star Trek reboot.
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