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Queen of the South: Season Two Renewal, New Showrunner, for USA Network Series

Long live the Queen. The Queen of the South TV show has been renewed for a second season on USA Network. In addition, the cable channel has announced 12 Monkey's Natalie Chaidez has signed on as showrunner for Queen of the South, season two. Chaidez was a co-executive producer on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which was cancelled in 2009, after two seasons on Fox. She also co-executive produced Heroes, V, Past Life, and In Plain Sight.Starring Alice Braga, the drama series is based on author Arturo Pérez-Reverte's La Reina Del Sur. The Queen of the South TV series cast also includes: Verónica Falcón, Justina Machado, Peter Gadiot, Hemky Madera, and Gerardo Taracena. Get the details from this USA Network
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Ravi Patel Bio: In His Own Words

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Ravi Patel is an American actor of East Indian descent known for his part on Fox’s TV series Past Life as well as his current appearances in Grandfathered and Netflix’s Master of None alongside Aziz Ansari. He also co-directed and starred in the award-winning documentary Meet the Patels. Ravi Patel: Early Life and Switch to Acting Patel was […]

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David Hudgins Inks Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV

In a competitive situation, Parenthood executive producer David Hudgins has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures TV. Under the two-year pact, he will develop and potentially join existing studio projects. Hudgins is coming off a two-year overall deal at Universal TV where he worked on Jason KatimsParenthood, most recently as executive producer, in addition to developing a number of projects, including a legal drama that sold to CBS earlier this season. Before that, Hudgins worked on Friday Night Lights for the entire run of the series, serving as co-showrunner with Katims on the final season, which earned four Emmy nominations including best drama series. Hudgins, repped by Wme and Bryan Wolf, previously created Fox’s short-lived drama Past Life and worked on the WB drama Everwood.
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Nic Bishop snags Covert Affairs

English-born Australian actor Nic Bishop has joined the cast of Covert Affairs, the Us spy drama series that airs on Foxtel.s Universal Channel.

Bishop plays Ryan McQuaid, a former Navy Seal-turned-private contractor billionaire who forma an uneasy alliance with CIA agent Annie Walker (Piper Perabo). The show is in its fifth season on the USA Network. It's filmed in Colombia and Toronto and will be in production until October.

The La-based Bishop starred in the WB/Fox series Past Life which he won after his first Us audition, secured through Nikki Barrett Casting.

He went on to star in ABC's medical drama Body of Proof and has appeared in CSI, NCIS: La, Hot in Cleveland, Necessary Roughness, Castle and The Glades.

Repped in Australia by Linsten Morris Management, he came back to play Paul Dale in Screentime.s Fat Tony & Co.

Bishop has completed two Us indie films, director Anthony LeFresne.s The Mentor,
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CBS Buys Legal Drama From David Hudgins & Universal TV

Exclusive: The corporate walls are truly coming down this season, with broadcast networks’ affiliated studios selling to competing nets more actively than ever before. The latest example is an untitled drama project from former Friday Night Lights executive producer David Hudgins, which has been sold by Universal TV, where Hudgins is under an overall deal, to CBS. Written/exec produced by Hudgins, the drama centers on an outrageous and irreverent Federal judge with lifetime tenure who bucks the system. The project brings Hudgins back to his legal roots — he was an attorney in Texas before embarking on a writing career. Hudgins, creator of the Fox series Past Life, worked on Friday Night Lights for the series’ entire run, serving as co-showrunner with developer/exec producer Jason Katims on the final season, which earned the show’s first best drama series nomination and netted two major wins: best drama writing for
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Rectify on Sundance Channel: 'A Piece of Art'? Or 'The Twin Peaks Version of Mayberry'?

Rectify on Sundance Channel: 'A Piece of Art'? Or 'The Twin Peaks Version of Mayberry'?
Tonight at 9/8c, Sundance Channel follows up the well-received Top of the Lake with another, equally compelling miniseries that offers almost an antidote to TV’s more bustling, “Scandal-paced” dramas.

Created by Ray McKinnon (The Accountant, Sons of Anarchy‘s Lincoln Potter) and executive-produced by Breaking Bad‘s Mark Johnson and Melissa Benrstein, Rectify follows Daniel Holden (played by Aden Young) as he is released from a 20-year stint on Death Row for the rape and murder of a local girl in a small Georgia town, due to new (if not exonerating) DNA evidence.

Related | May Sweeps/Season Finale Scoopapalooza:
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Fox, Warner Bros & David Hudgins Get ‘Past Life’ Copyright Suit Dismissed

A New York judge has tossed the yearlong legal action around the short-lived paranormal crime series. “The Court finds that no discerning observer would conclude that Past Life had appropriated protected elements from Transience,” wrote Judge Barbara Jones yesterday (read ruling here). Transience writer Stevan Mena sued Fox Entertainment, Warner Bros Entertainment as well as producers David Hudgins and Craig Perry for copyright infringement last August. Produced by Warner Bros Television, Past Life debuted on February 9, 2010. With low ratings, Fox cancelled the show after three episodes. The screenwriter claimed that significant elements of the TV series were drawn from the script he wrote back in 2008. For instance, both do feature reincarnation, a child who has visions and is taken care of by a doctor and crime. However the judge ruled that there’s nothing unique about such story devices. Mena contends that his feature script made its way to Past Life
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Maria Howell to Play Seeder in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Last week we got word that E. Roger Mitchell would be portraying District 11 tribute Chaff in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and now we know who's playing his partner, Seeder. Read on for the details, and look for more soon. Just 13 more tributes to go!

The part of Seeder has gone to Maria Howell, an actor, singer, and voiceover artist.

Per The Hunger Games on Facebook, Howell has appeared in Lifetime’s hit shows “Army Wives” and “Drop Dead Diva”, The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries”, Fox’s “Past Life”, and more as well as the acclaimed theatrical release The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock. She now joins the regular cast of the TV series “Revolution,” airing this fall on NBC.

Throughout her singing career, she has shared the musical stage with legendary artists like Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles, and Earl Klugh. After a very successful stint in Asia,
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'Law & Order: Svu's' Kelli Giddish - 'My dreams have become so screwed up'

Photos of stars without makeup are a guilty pleasure for anyone who doesn't have a beauty team. But every so often, an actress looks terrific naturally.

Kelli Giddish of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," airing Wednesdays on NBC, manages to look stunning with her blonde hair pulled back and no makeup.

She's in her dressing room at the Chelsea Piers on Manhattan's far west side. Here, at the well-oiled machine that is this show in its 13th season, Giddish plays Detective Amanda Rollins, a transplant from Georgia, which is what Giddish is, albeit with a few stops in between.

She's lived in Texas, California, Georgia and New York. After "Past Life" and "Chase," which didn't make full seasons, she says it's a relief to be on a show with a solid foundation. Still, dealing with people's basest depravities, as each episode does, takes its toll.

"My dreams have become so screwed up,
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David Hudgins Inks Deal With Universal TV

Exclusive: Former Friday Night Lights executive producer David Hudgins has signed a new overall deal with Universal Television to develop projects for the studio and work on existing series. Hudgins has a longtime association with Uni TV-based Fnl developer/executive producer Jason Katims. Hudgins worked on Fnl for entire run of the series, serving as co-showrunner with Katims on the final season, which earned four Emmy nominations, including best drama series, and won 2: best drama writing for the Katims-penned series finale and best actor in a drama series for Kyle Chandler. For the last two seasons, Hudgins has served as a co-executive producer on Katims’ latest series, NBC’s Parenthood. Under his new deal, Hudgins could work for Parenthood or Katims’ new drama County if they are renewed/picked up to series. This past development season, Hudgens wrote a U.S. adaptation of praised Danish drama Borgen for NBC and Uni TV,
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Robert Gagnier: Q & A With Carole Kirschner

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Robert Gagnier: Q & A With Carole Kirschner
Q- You are the current Director of WGA's Showrunner Training Program at Writers Guild of America West. How many applicants did you have for this year?

A- We had over eighty applicants for about twenty five slots. The application process is a two step process. First applicants have to be recommended by current show runners or creative executives. Once they've been recommended, they fill out an application. I review the applications and we end up interviewing about fifty candidates. Out of those fifty candidates we invite approximately twenty five people to participate in the Program. This year's first session was on Saturday, January 14th and it (the program) ran for six consecutive Saturdays.

Q- How long has the Showrunner Training Program been in existence, and can you give the readers a background of its origins?

A- The Showrunner Training Program is the brainchild of writer producer, Jeff Melvoin, who's currently
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Andre Braugher to Guest Star on Law & Order: Svu

It's been a pretty tumultuous hiatus for NBC's Law & Order: Svu, which has seen the normally unflappable combination of Benson and Stabler go through some of their most trying times. Going into the show's 13th season, Christopher Meloni is out, Mariska Hargitay is in (full-time), and there are two new detectives, as Kelli Giddish (Past Life) and Danny Pino (Cold Case) have joined the cast.

Also joining the cast, at least on a temporary basis, is Emmy winner (and nominee this year) Andre Braugher. According to Deadline, Braugher will be playing an attorney for the underprivileged in multiple episodes this season. (The number of episodes Braugher will appear in is yet to be announced.) Known best to most as Frank Pembleton on the groundbreaking Homicide: Life on the Street, Braugher's TV credits also include the recently canceled Men of a Certain Age, the FX mini-series Thief, and police-officer-turned-cab-driver drama Hack.
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Law & Order Svu Casts Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino

I’ve been watching Detectives Stabler and Benson since Law & Order: Svu first exploded onto the scene so I’m not real sure how I’ll handle new faces, but the latest from Entertainment Weekly reveals that the producers are taking things seriously because the two new additions to the sex crimes unit have some history with working on a TV series.

While Chris Meloni enjoys wearing the stars in Superman: Man of Steel, Danny Pino will be making the switch from Cold Case to Svu, while Kelli Giddish (sorry, Jennifer Love Hewitt) joins him after headlining two short-lived series’, Chase and Past Life. I don’t know if it’s just rotten luck with shows or if there’s a serious lack of talent but that’s not an impressive track record for Giddish. Even though Svu is the last of the Law & Order shows still playing, it’s
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Law & Order: Svu Scoop: Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish Cop Series Regular Roles

Law & Order: Svu Scoop: Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish Cop Series Regular Roles
“Law & Order: Svu – The Next Generation” is taking shape, with the news that Danny Pino (Cold Case) and Kelli Giddish (Chase) are both boarding the NBC crime drama as series regulars.

Pino was just last week mentioned as among the show’s short list to fill the void left by Chris Meloni, who did not ink a new deal to return to the series. On CBS’ Cold Case, he for seven seasons played Senior Detective Scotty Valens.

Svu No Longer Looking to Collar Jennifer Love Hewitt

Giddish, meanwhile, will take on the role once mentioned in the same breath as Jennifer Love Hewitt,
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'Body of Proof's' Nicholas Bishop to guest star on USA's 'Necessary Roughness'

USA's new summer series, "Necessary Roughness," is currently shooting in Atlanta, Ga. and we hear that it has picked up some heat with a new guest star.

An USA Network rep confirms that "Body of Proof" star, Nicholas Bishop, is guest starring for one episode in the show's inaugural season. 

He plays Griffin Page, a dashing former war correspondent who goes on to host his own cable news show. Page seeks treatment from psychotherapist Dani (played by Callie Thorne) after inexplicably cracking up during a somber report and getting suspended from his job.

"[He's modeled] a bit like an Anderson Cooper or Wolf Blitzer," Bishop tells us of the role. "And he basically has a meltdown at the news desk. It's actually pretty funny and the lead [Thorne] kind of starts working with me to get over my issues and to get me back on the news desk."

"It's a great role and
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Disney Acquires The Runner

Walt Disney Studios has announced that they have acquired and are presently in development on a new picture called The Runner. The movie is a science fiction film on which Disney is collaborating with writer Dave Andron, director Marc Foster and Brad Simpson, Brian Grazer, and Blacklight Transmedia’s Zak Kadison and Eric Lieb.

The story, set in 2027, centers on a man who travels back in time to visit Earth before it became not fit to live in an attempt to change the past. The plot is decidedly non-Disney. It seems reasonable to consider it as a typical post apocalyptic time travel project.

In the near future, with the Earth’s surface inhabitable, a small group of survivors pick one man to travel back in time to try and stop the event that caused the destruction. Once he lands in the past, however, overlooks the humanity and egoistically tries to save his beloved sweetheart.
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Disney Acquires 'The Runner,' Brian Grazer Producing

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Walt Disney Pictures has acquired "The Runner," a science fiction adventure movie that originally was conceived as a spec for a television pilot. Brian Grazer of Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment will produce along with Brad Simpson, of Forster's Apparatus Entertainment. Zak Kadison of Blacklight Transmedia is also producing and Transmedia's Eric Lieb is executive producing. The film comes from writer/creator Dave Andron ("Knight Rider," "Past Life," "Justified"). Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace," "The Kite Runner," "Finding Neverland") is under consideration to direct. The project comes from Blacklight Transmedia's first look arrangement with Imagine. "The
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Poppy Montgomery back at CBS, Jaime Pressly joins Fox's 'Teenage Daughter'

The latest round of pilot casting includes a familiar face returning to CBS, Fox casting a lead in "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" and NBC adding three actors to its "Prime Suspect" pilot.

These updates come courtesy of Deadline Hollywood, which, we must admit, has pretty much been owning the casting news this pilot season. Here's the rundown:

- Former "Without a Trace" star Poppy Montgomery is returning to CBS in a drama pilot from one of that show's exec producers, Ed Redlich, and co-writer John Bellucci. She'll play an NYPD detective who's blessed/cursed with the ability to remember absolutely everything.

- Jaime Pressly will star opposite Katie Finneran in Fox's comedy "I Hate My Teenage Daughter." The "My Name Is Earl" Emmy winner will play a mom who fears she's raising a Mean Girl.

- "Prime Suspect" has added Kirk Acevedo ("Fringe"), Joe Nieves ("How I Met Your Mother
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Chuck and Chase Receive Full-Season Pickups from NBC

NBC has given full-season pickups to the new high-octane drama Chase and the returning action-comedy Chuck for 2010-11. The announcement was made by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

"Chase has introduced an appealing new star to television audiences in Kelli Giddish and we think it has potential to grow," said Bromstad. "We also are glad that Chuck will be with us for a full season delivering its loyal, passionate audience."

Chase is averaging a 2.0 rating, 5 share in adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers overall in "most current" averages through its first five telecasts this fall. Chase has captured an 18 percent improvement in the time period versus year-ago "most current" results for NBC in 18-49 rating (with a 2.0 rating vs. a 1.7) and a 23 percent gain in total viewers (6.5 million vs. 5.3 million). Chase is heavily time-shifted, adding 21 percent to its "live plus same day" 18-49 rating when Nielsen
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New Fall TV Series Preview and Premiere Schedule

The time is finally upon us for the 2010 fall TV season to kick off next week with the return of all your favorite series and the premiere of some brand new ones for you to sink your teeth into (or forget about completely). We’ve been posting reviews here and there for several of the new shows, but right now we’re just going to give you the line-up of most of the new series hitting the different networks complete with plot description and premiere time. You can find the line-up after the jump (organized chronologically by premiere date), but stay tuned for more pilot reviews as the fall season starts next week as well as episode recaps for several prominent series both new and old.

Sunday, September 19th

Boardwalk Empire (HBO) – 9pm Est/8pm Cst

The undisputed ruler of Atlantic City is the town’s Treasurer, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson,
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