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Knights of the Round Table, meet your king.
Once Upon a Time has cast British actor Liam Garrigan (24: Live Another Day) as King Arthur, per EW.com, who as TVLine first reported will heavily recur during the first half of the ABC series’ fifth season.
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King Arthur is described as a “good and just ruler” who, beneath the surface, “is a master manipulator who can carry a grudge to the grave, and maybe beyond.” He harbors an “eternal burning love” for the yet-to-be-cast Guinevere that can lean toward being a bit controlling.
Before broadcasting giants even consider pitches, they tend to create hurdles for creative types to clear. But Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 is taking the opposite approach, issuing an open invitation to writers and producers from around the world to submit proposals for series and miniseries for development.
It’s a first for the broadcaster, and the brainchild of Koby Gal-Raday, the senior VP of international co-production and documentaries, who was hired in 2014 to boost the company’s English-language and foreign productions. (The shingle he co-founded, July August Prods., was acquired in 2012 by ProSiebenSat.1’s Red Arrow production arm.) While the strategy is aimed at bringing new voices and fresh talent to the network, it also provides equal opportunity to international filmmakers, production companies and showrunners-in-the-making.
Gal-Raday, a former exec at Israel’s Reshet Broadcasting, says the idea for the open call stems from his successful experience working with global collaborators on theatrical co-productions. »
- Ed Meza
Esquire has given the green light to its first-ever original scripted series, “Spotless,” the network announced on Thursday. The male-skewing channel ordered 10 episodes of the drama scheduled to air this fall. Helmed by Tandem Productions for Canal, the series is executive produced by Emmy and Golden Globe nominated, Rola Bauer (“The Pillars of the Earth,” “Crossing Lines”) and is co-created by BAFTA Award-winner Ed McCardie (“Shameless”) and Academy-Award winner Corinne Marrinan (“CSI”). Also Read: Esquire Network Beefs Up Its Slate With a Show About Hamburgers Marc-André Grondin (“C.R.A.Z.Y.”), Denis Ménochet (“Inglorious Basterds”), Miranda Raison (“24: Live Another Day”) and Brendan Coyle (“Downton. »
- Itay Hod
Esquire Network is getting into the scripted game.
NBCUniversal’s male-skewing network has ordered 10 episodes of the dark drama “Spotless,” set to premiere this fall, Variety has learned exclusively.
The project hails from Tandem productions for Canal Plus and marks the first-ever scripted series for Esquire, which is home to unscripted properties “Knife Fight,” “Brew Dogs” and “Friday Night Tykes.” Ed McCardie (“Shameless”) and Corinne Marrinan (“CSI”) are co-creators, and Rola Bauer (“The Pillars of the Earth,” “Crossing Lines”) will serve as exec producer, alongside Jonas Bauer and Suzanne Berger.
“Spotless,” set in London, follows a troubled man, Jean Bastiere (Grondin), whose life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother, Martin (Ménochet), crashlands into his world. Together, the brothers must confront their dark sins of the »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Cannes – Shaping up as one of the big event TV series to come out of Europe as it ramps up ever more ambitious TV fiction, Rola Bauer’s Germany-based Tandem Productions (“Pillars of the Earth”), a Studiocanal company, is said to be developing epic TV drama “Lionshearts: The Crusade,” linking with the BBC and “24’s” Robert Cochran.
Helmer of the 2008’s first “Taken,” which gave Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp its biggest movie franchise ever, France’s Pierre Morel (“Taken”) is believed to have committed to direct the first two episodes.
Producer and co-creator of Fox’s “24,” Cochran is attached to “Lionshearts,” which turns on the most famous crusade of all, the Third Crusade of 1191-92. English-language and almost certainly a big epic BBC primetime series,
“Lionhearts: The Crusade” looks a firm candidate for a U.S. deal of some sorts. As Tandem prexy Bauer pointed out last month, made over the last 15 years, »
- John Hopewell
It was a very good night for TV actors at the 2015 Academy Awards — with Patricia Arquette (Medium, CSI: Cyber), J.K. Simmons (Oz, The Closer, Law & Order) and even Julianne Moore (As the World Turns) and Eddie Redmayne (The Pillars of the Earth) snagging the four major acting prizes.
And yet only two members of that elite quartet made our gallery of the 20 Best and Worst Moments from the Oscars’ nearly four-hour telecast.
Instead, we found ourselves reeling from Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music tribute, »
6 items from 2015
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