16 items from 2015
Like an exquisite meal sitting on a wobbly restaurant table, this week’s installment of The Good Wife had its delicious moments — marred by the intermittent/aggravating vibe that somebody at the top of the food chain really ought to be paying a little more attention to detail.
I mean, do we honestly believe Chicago drug kingpin Lemond Bishop would leave all his precious secrets on an unguarded computer in his home office? Or that Alicia and Diane would ignore their own gut instincts and professional experience — and put their faith in He Who Could Double as a Sneering, D. »
Three episodes were provided for reviewing purposes prior to broadcast.
Showtime’s new half-hour dramedy Happyish is a bit off-brand for the network, which usually slots the hero-with-a-dark-secret into a thirty-minute show blueprint. The new show is less Weeds, Nurse Jackie or The Big C and more Californication: a loose character study about a middle-aged guy trying to desperately fight to establish his own existence and find a reason for it. Steve Coogan’s Thom Payne has no grand, mysterious backstory or any blatant reason to tip-toe carefully around revealing a second life to his friends and family. He just goes to work, loves his family and occasionally imagines advertising characters talking to him.
Ah, there’s the quirky hook you were waiting for. See, Thom is an advertising exec for a company with accounts like Coca-Cola and Geico. The pilot presents a guy with an average life – wife, son, »
- Mitchel Broussard
Empire fans who want more of Becky and Porsha will get just that when the series returns for Season 2. The Fox musical drama has promoted both Gabourey Sidibe and Ta’Rhonda Jones to series regulars ahead of its second season. TVLine first reported the news. The characters of Becky and Porsha, who are Lucious (Terrance Howard) and Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) assistants, respectively, have become Empire fan favorites, as viewers have thoroughly enjoyed (and tweeted about and gifed) many moments featuring the two of them. It will be interesting to see what their expanded roles will be like when Empire begins its second season. Sidibe may be best known for her Oscar-nominated role in the 2009 film Precious. Her past TV credits include American Horror Story (she appeared in both Coven and Freak Show), The Big C, and American Dad. Meanwhile, for Jones, Empire is her first major television role; however, »
- Chris King
As previously reported, the series will follow a girl named Clary Fray (who has yet to be cast), who discovers on her 18th birthday that she’s a Shadowhunter: a human-angel hybrid born to hunt demons. Following her mother’s kidnapping, Clary teams up with a fellow Shadowhunter (Sherwood’s »
High Maintenance is moving on up. HBO has ordered six new episodes of the pot comedy, which originally debuted on Vimeo in 2013. The series, which won the WGA Award for original short-form new media earlier this year, centers on a Brooklyn pot dealer named "The Guy" and his eclectic group of clients. The series is created and written by married duo Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock) and Ben Sinclair (The Big C), who also stars in the lead role. Blichfeld and Sinclair executive produce with Russell Gregory. In addition to the six new episodes, HBO will also make all 19 previous
- Kate Stanhope
Revenge fans, did that really just happen?
Though promos for Sunday’s episode touted a massive explosion at Grayson Manor, there was one key detail ABC chose to leave out: Victoria ignited the blast with herself still inside!
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So… is that it? Did the Queen of the Hamptons really conclude that killing herself, and presumably framing Amanda, would make her the winner of Revenge‘s ongoing war? My hunch is that Victoria, like most “dead” characters on this show, somehow managed to survive the explosion — though you have to admit, »
It's been nearly a full year since we last heard any kind of development on the upcoming Barbie movie... but you didn't think that would be enough to kill it, did you? Instead, Sony Pictures, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation are still moving ahead with the project, and have even gone as far as to hire Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody to try and boost the in-the-works script. Deadline has the scoop on Cody's new gig, saying that the Juno writer will be taking the pen from Jenny Bicks - whose credits include the movie What A Girl Wants and television shows like Sex and the City and The Big C. It's noted that the studio and producers hired Cody because of her "unconventionality," and the belief that she can help make Barbie with a proper, modern tone. As producer Walter Parkes put it in an official statement, It »
If there's anyone out there who can mine humor from addiction recovery, it might well be Jodie Foster and Darlene Hunt. Foster helmed the tonally challenging psychosis dramedy "The Beaver" and two sad-but-hilarious episodes of "Orange is the New Black," for which she was nominated for a DGA Award. (She was also nominated for directing "House of Cards.") As the creator of Showtime's "The Big C," Hunt told a story about terminal illness with deft but respectful levity. Now the two will collaborate on "Charlie," a comedy about a "self-destructive, emotionally-stunted alcoholic who vows to get her life on track after rescuing a dog she believes to be her reincarnated mother," per Deadline. Based on that logline, we're all in. Hunt created "Charlie" at Sony TV. Foster is set to come aboard as executive producer and may shoot the pilot. The actress-turned-director is also currently working on the...
- Inkoo Kang
The Big C creator/executive producer Darlene Hunt has set her next cable comedy project, which has attracted Jodie Foster. Developed internally at Sony TV, where Hunt has an overall deal, and written on spec, the project, Charlie, centers on a self-destructive, emotionally-stunted alcoholic who vows to get her life on track after rescuing a dog she believes to be her reincarnated mother. Foster has come on board to executive produce with Hunt and potentially direct the… »
The single-camera half-hour revolves around an alcoholic woman who vows to get her life back on track after she rescues a dog that she believes to be the reincarnation of her mother.
Hunt (pictured), creator of the Showtime comedy “The Big C,” wrote the “Charlie” script on spec. She’s under an overall deal with Sony TV, which is developing the project internally before shopping to TV buyers.
Foster has signed on to exec produce with Hunt and potentially direct the pilot. Foster has been active in helming for the smallscreen lately, earning Directors Guild Award noms for her work on Netflix’s “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black.” She was also nommed for an Emmy last year for directing an episode of “Orange.”
Hunt is repped by UTA and attorney Joel McKuin. »
- Cynthia Littleton
“The Big C” creator Darlene Hunt is developing a new comedy at Sony Pictures Television titled “Charlie.” Jodie Foster is set to executive produce the project, with the possibility of directing it. The half-hour, single camera comedy centers on a self-destructive, emotionally-stunted alcoholic who vows to get her life on track after rescuing a dog she believes to be her reincarnated mother. Also Read: HBO Developing Will Strouse Supernatural Drama From ‘Newsroom’ Producer Hunt, who’s currently under a two-year overall deal with Sony TV, has most recently written for ABC’s “The Goldbergs” and executive produced NBC’s short-lived comedy “Save Me. »
- Jethro Nededog
NBC is paging another veteran actor to its potential Chicago Fire spinoff, Stat.
Per our sister site Deadline, Platt will play Dr. Daniel Charles, the brilliant head of psychiatry, on Episode 19 of Fire‘s current season.
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Sunday’s episode of Where in the World Is Edith Crawley? Downton Abbey featured two engagements, a (brief) reunion of lovers and, sadly, the beginning of the end for a cherished — albeit ill-named — member of the Crawley family.
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First thing’s first: Thanks to a blunt tip from Mrs. Drewe, who remains the biggest victim in this whole ordeal, Cora was made aware of Edith’s secret and became more determined than ever to find her. Robert, however, remained in the dark because, while it was Cora’s right as Edith’s mother to know the truth, »
Socha, who’s had recurring arcs on “Royal Pains,” “The Big C” and “Damages” and replaced Lea Michele in “Spring Awakening’s” original Broadway production in 2008, was a guest star in the pilot for Amazon Studios, which premiered last year on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The full series is set to bow later this year.
The coming-of-age series, set in suburban New Jersey in the mid-’80s, follows college student David Myers (Craig Roberts), working the summer as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club, during the last hurrah before his adult life begins. Paul Reiser (“Mad About You”) and Jennifer Grey (“Dirty Dancing”) also star.
Socha will continue her role as Skye in the series.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Grey's Anatomy" episode 10 of season 11. The episode is entitled, "The Bed's Too Big Without You," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty interesting stuff as Arizona gets to work, running tests on April and Jackson's baby, and more. In the new, 10th episode press release: Arizona is going to begin testing on April and Jackson's baby. Press release number 2: April will stay optimistic as Arizona begins testing on her baby. Dr. Herman will plan out a crash course in fetal surgery; and Owen and Callie are going to encourage each other to get back into the dating scene. In the meantime, Meredith, Maggie and Bailey will use the 3D printer to gain a better understanding of their patient's tumor. Guest stars feature: Geena Davis ("Thelma & Louise"), Kelly McCreary ("Dr. Emily Owens, MD") and Connie Ray »
The Atx Television Festival will celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Queer As Folk” with a reunion panel at the gathering set for June 4-7 in Austin, Texas.
The panel will include exec producers Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman and cast members Gale Harold, Peter Paige, Robert Gant, Scott Lowell, Michelle Clunie and Thea Gill. “Queer as Folk,” a remake of a British series of the same name, ran on Showtime from 2000-2005.
“We strive for diverse and revolutionary programming, and this groundbreaking series changed the game for cable television in 2000, marking a high point not only for the Lgbt community, but for socially important storytelling,” said fest co-exec directors Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson.
The festival also announced the addition »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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