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Cancelled or Renewed? HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz TV Shows Status

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Below, you’ll find a list of HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Showtime’s recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows and their current status. To see a series’ ratings and how many episodes have aired (if any), click the links in the middle column (where available).

Shows covered include: Black Sails, Da Vinci's Demons, Magic City, Marco Polo, Outlander, Power, Spartacus, The White Queen, The Big C, The Borgias, Californication, Dexter, Episodes, Homeland, House of Lies, Masters of Sex, Next Stop for Charlie, Nurse Jackie, Penny Dreadful, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Web Therapy, Ballers, The Brink, Boardwalk Empire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened, Family Tree, Game of Thrones, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Ja'mie: Private School Girl, Life's Too Short, Looking, The Newsroom, Treme, True Blood, True Detective, Veep, Banshee, The Knick, Strike Back, Transporter »

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Sony orders a Barbie movie

1 hour ago | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Simon Brew 24 Apr 2014 - 07:13

We've had The Lego Movie, we're getting Minecraft. And now? It's time for the Barbie film...

It would be fair to say that the success of The Lego Movie, and the Toy Story trilogy before that, has had some ramifications in Hollywood. Right now, films are in the works based on Trolls and Minecraft for a start. And now we hear that Sony has picked up the rights to make a movie based on Barbie dolls.

With an eye firmly on a big movie franchise, the studio has already hired Jenny Bicks (Sex And The City, The Big C) to pen a script for the first Barbie film. The plan will be to get the movie into production before the end of 2014. It'd be lovely to think that Barbie, and Ken, are treated in the same witty way as they were in Toy Story 3, »

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Forget 'Jem,' Now Barbie Is Getting Her Own Movie Franchise

10 hours ago | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's a Barbie world, and we're all just Barbie girls, you know?

Well, that's what Sony and Mattel are hoping with their deal to make a Barbie franchise. Not just one movie, nope, but an entire franchise dedicated to the live-action adventures of the irrationally proportioned doll. To be fair, Barbie has had pretty much every job under the sun, traveled the world, and owned her own house and car for quite some time now, so the narrative possibilities are endless.

On the other hand, Mattel's sales of Barbie aren't looking so hot; the toy company made a pretty penny from "Frozen" tie-ins, but Barbie sales are down 14%. Will a Barbie movie lure in younger moviegoers and the adults who played with her back in the day? Do we really believe that Barbie has always been about "female empowerment," as per Deadline and the pitch that won over Mattel?

For now, »

- Jenni Miller

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'Barbie' Live Action Movie Coming from Sony and Mattel

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Sony Pictures and Mattel are teaming up for a live-action comedy feature based on the hit Barbie toy line. Jenny Bicks has been hired to write the script, with Walter F. Parkes and Laurie McDonald producing.

This isn't a standard development deal, since Sony is putting this project together very quickly. They hope to get production started by the end of this year, kicking of a potential franchise. Sony president Amy Pascal oversaw the deal herself with production president Hannah Minghella.

Walter F. Parkes, Laurie McDonald and Jenny Bicks won over Mattel for the rights to this property with their contemporary pitch that finds Barbie using her personal and professional skills to improve the lives of others, somewhat like a modern-day Mary Poppins. The story allows the studio to find a young cast to play Barbie, Ken and her best friend, while putting major stars around them to play supporting »

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Sony Plans A Live-Action "Barbie" Movie

12 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mattel and Sony Pictures are teaming up to produce a live action contemporary comedy movie based on the most famous doll in the world - Barbie.

Jenny Bicks ("Rio 2," "The Big C") is penning the script, though plot details are unknown. Considering the doll has had 150 careers throughout her decades of existence, it's hard to say what will be included beyond her signature pink Malibu mansion.

Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are set to produce with filming to begin before the end of the year.

Universal Pictures has previously tried to get a "Barbie" movie off the ground in 2009 but it didn't happen. This will mark the second Mattel and Sony film adaptation in the works, the other being the He-Man reboot "Masters of the Universe".

There's also the issue of finding an actress who would fit Barbie's physiologically impossible measurements of 39-21-33 and size 3 feet, as amusingly »

- Garth Franklin

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Thanks Hollywood: Barbie, Marshmallow Peeps & 'It's A Small World' Movies In Development

14 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So Hollywood has decided to take the last day or so to double down on their efforts to turn every product, food or theme park attraction into a blockbuster tentpole. Out of that abyss comes a trio of projects that paint a pretty depressing portrait of what passes for creativity at the studio level. First up, Deadline reports that Mattel has teamed up with Sony to make a live-action comedy based on Barbie, and things are moving ridiculously fast on this one. Jenny Bick ("Sex & The City," "The Big C," "Rio 2") is writing the script, and if studio chief Amy Pascal has her way, this picture will be shooting before the year is out. There are no exact plot details yet, but apparently a pitch by Bicks that finds Barbie using "her personal and professional skills to step into the lives of others and improve them, almost like a »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Barbie Movie in Development at Sony as Live Action Comedy

14 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mattel has found a starring role for Barbie, setting up a live action comedy at Sony Pictures that the toymaker will produce with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald.

The studio plans to start lensing the film by the end of the year, using a script written by Jenny Bicks (she wrote for and executive produced Showtime’s “The Big C,” and co-wrote “Rio 2″).

Universal Pictures had planned to produce a film around the popular doll in 2009, with producer Laurence Mark.

Naturally, Sony sees Barbie as a potential new franchise for the studio. In addition to “The Amazing Spider-Man” and its spinoffs like “Venom” and “The Sinister Six,” Sony also is looking to revive its “Men In Black” and “Bad Boys” franchises, as well as reboot “Smurfs.” Parkes and MacDonald are also attached to “Men in Black.”

See Also: Barbie’s a Living Doll at Universal with Big Screen Plans

Tim Kilpin, »

- Marc Graser

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Sony Moving Forward with Live-Action Barbie Comedy in Hopes of Creating a New Franchise

14 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It’s no secret that studios are high on branded IP.  When you make a movie out of Transformers or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or He-Man, there’s the assumption that you’re already starting with a built-in audience, plus audiences immediately know what a Transformers movie entails as opposed to something wholly original like the upcoming sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending—introducing that to audiences is tricky.  And as evidenced by this February’s The Lego Movie, it’s possible to make genuinely great films out of material that has zero backstory or mythology. Which brings us to Barbie.  Sony Pictures is currently moving forward with a live-action feature film adaptation of the 50-year-old toy, and they’ve got big plans for the property with their eye on jumpstarting a new franchise.  Hit the jump for more, including what the Barbie movie entails. Per Deadline, Sony Pictures has closed a »

- Adam Chitwood

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Barbie Live-Action Film In The Works

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Sony Pictures and Mattel are collaborating on a new live-action venture that will bring the popular Barbie toyline to the big screen. According to Deadline, Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal supervised the deal, and production will begin be the end of this year. Jenny Bick, who was a writer on HBO's Sex and the City and is a showrunner for Showtime's The Big C, has been hired to write the screenplay. Barbie has been part of merchandise packages that span over 150 careers and Bicks and Parkes and MacDonald won the rights from Mattel when they plugged into that with their pitch for a contemporary tale. It allows the character Barbie to use her personal and professional skills to step into the lives of others and improve them, almost like a modern day Mary Poppins. That storyline allows for the discovery of a young actress to play the title character, and young »

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Wgn America's 'Manhattan' teaser trailer: 'Secrets destroy everything you love' -- Exclusive

18 April 2014 10:12 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Wgn America is taking viewers back to another part of history — this time without witches — in Manhattan, an original series about the race to the build the first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Here’s the show in a nutshell, as summarized in this exclusive teaser: “In war, secrets save lives. At home, secrets destroy everything you love.”

John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C) stars a Frank Winter, a self-destructive professor who is commissioned to help lead the Manhattan Project. Olivia Williams (Dollhouse) plays his wife, Liza Winter, a botanist with a past. Daniel Stern (Home Alone), Ashley Zukerman »

- Stephanie Robbins

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'Urban Legends: Final Cut' Deserves Another Chance, and Here’s Why...

14 April 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

I’m not going to delude myself and think that we’re going to start a revolution, and that Urban Legends: Final Cut will somehow surpass Halloween as the better film. But just hear me out; it’s a much better film than people have ever given it credit to be.

I was surfing around Netflix and saw it had been added; I own the DVD but as is with our age of digital gratification I popped it on anyways. As the credits started I remembered back to when I first saw it. The year was 2000, and I was looking through the DVD selection at my local Ames; a chain long since extinct, and I spotted it. I didn’t even have internet at the time- (go ahead and judge), and had heard nothing about a sequel to Urban Legends. I bought it sight unseen after reading the description, for a modest $24.99. Yes, »

- Kristy Jett

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Six of the Best: Laura Linney

11 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It can’t be easy as a  working actress in Hollywood where, save a few notable exceptions, women are pigeonholed into convenient, one-dimensional archetypes – virgin, vixen, vessel, victim, villain – eventually condemned to onscreen marriages and partnerships with men two decades their senior and then flung into an oubliette when they themselves have the temerity to age.

Laura Linney is one among an increasing number of shrewd professionals who have built a carrier from subverting these supporting roles and using them as stepping stones to leading lady status. To coincide with the DVD release of the fourth and final season of The Big C we are showcasing six of her performances

Annabeth Markum – Mystic River (2003)

Clint Eastwood’s film of Dennis Lehane’s Boston crime noir novel is a singular and powerful film which examines the ripple effect of child abduction in a blue collar neighbourhood, across three lives and twenty five years. »

- Emily Breen

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Win The Big C Season 4 on DVD

11 April 2014 3:55 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of The Big C Season 4 on DVD 14th April, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away. The hit show stars Oliver Platt, Gabriel Basso,John Benjamin Hickey and Gabourey Sidibe.

In the final season of The Big C, Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Laura Linney reprises her role as Cathy Jamison, who comes to a realisation about her battle with skin cancer. Deciding to quit chemotherapy, Cathy finds peace and resolution with her husband (Oliver Platt, 2012), son (Gabriel Basso, The Kings of Summer), and even her estranged father (Brian Dennehy, First Blood). With four one-hour episodes, Cathy’s journey is filled with laughter, tears and poignancy – a fitting farewell to this acclaimed series.

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World Without End to Air on Reelz Saturday, April 19th

10 April 2014 11:36 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

The entire epic mini-series World Without End will air Easter weekend in an eight-hour television event. All four parts will air back to back on Saturday, April 19th starting at 11am Et/ 8am Pt. World Without End, starring Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City, The Big C) and Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Young Victoria) is an adaptation of Ken Follett's international best-selling novel set amidst natural disaster, plague, and war in 14th century England two hundred years after the construction of the great cathedral in The Pillars of the Earth.

Like Pillars, World Without End is set in Follett's fictional town of Kingsbridge, but it picks up with a new cast of characters. They include Merthin, a handsome young man with an interest in engineering and architecture played by Tom Weston-Jones (Copper, Mi-5) and Caris, a feisty young woman played by Charlotte Riley (Edge of Tomorrow, »

- Mandy McAdoo

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2014 Emmy Predictions: Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress

8 April 2014 7:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Can Jessica Lange rebound here after losing last year to Laura Linney's work on "The Big C: Hereafter"? Even if this last season of "Horror Story" was mediocre overall (though Lange was still great). Not if 80-year old Cicely Tyson has anything to say about it...  Her work in "The Trip To Bountiful" could get her another Emmy in this category, 40 years after her first, in 1974 for "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman." Below are predictions for best TV movie/miniseries actress from both Indiewire Awards Editor Peter Knegt and Assistant TV Editor Ben Travers. Check back as they might very well change 'em up between now and July 10th. Check out predictions in all the categories here. Ben's predictions: 1. Cicely Tyson, The Trip To Bountiful 2. Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven 3. Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor 4. Ginnifer Goodwin, Killing Kennedy 5. Molly Solverson, Fargo Spoiler: Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen »

- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers

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2014 Emmy Predictions: Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress

8 April 2014 7:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Can Jessica Lange rebound here after losing last year to Laura Linney's work on "The Big C: Hereafter"? Even if this last season of "Horror Story" was mediocre overall (though Lange was still great). Not if 80-year old Cicely Tyson has anything to say about it...  Her work in "The Trip To Bountiful" could get her another Emmy in this category, 40 years after her first, in 1974 for "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman." Below are predictions for best TV movie/miniseries actress from both Indiewire Awards Editor Peter Knegt and Assistant TV Editor Ben Travers. Check back as they might very well change 'em up between now and July 10th. Check out predictions in all the categories here. Ben's predictions: 1. Cicely Tyson, The Trip To Bountiful 2. Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven 3. Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor 4. Ginnifer Goodwin, Killing Kennedy 5. Molly Solverson, Fargo Spoiler: Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen »

- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers

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New Teaser For HBO’s The Normal Heart Shows Us A War On Aids

4 April 2014 12:59 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Larry Kramer’s fiery 1985 play The Normal Heart, which was revived on Broadway in 2011, is on its way to be one of HBO’s most prestigious projects in 2014. Based on the efforts of activist Ned Weeks in the early 1980s to create an HIV advocacy group, The Normal Heart also focused on the members of the angered gay community in New York during those years, as the AIDS crisis was about to become part of the national conversation.

A short trailer for the HBO film, which airs on May 25th, is now online and only shows a few glimpses at the all-star cast, which includes Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks and Taylor Kitsch as Felix Turner, a journalist who falls in love with Weeks. Matt Bomer, Alfred Molina, Jim Parsons, Jonathan Groff, Alec Baldwin and Julia Roberts round out the terrific ensemble.

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of footage in this trailer, »

- Jordan Adler

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Alison Sudol Cast In ‘Dig’; Eric Nenninger Joins ‘Mission Control’; Michael Chernus In ‘Manhattan’

25 March 2014 9:43 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Singer-songwriter-actress Alison Sudol (A Fine Frenzy) has been tapped as a series regular on USA Network’s six episode event series Dig, an action adventure drama from co-creators and executive producers Tim Kring and Gideon Raff. It centers on Peter (Jason Isaacs), an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating a murder of a woman archaeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2000 years in the making that threatens to change the course of history. Sudol, repped by Resolution and Dave Fleming at Mosaic, will play Emma Wilson, an American intern working on a dig site in Jerusalem who befriends Peter (Isaacs). Sudel recurred on Transparent and will be seen in upcoming feature Other People’s Children. Eric Nenninger has joined NBC’s pilot Mission Control, a Universal TV-produced comedy from executive producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. A workplace ensemble set in 1962, Mission Control examines what happens when a strong woman »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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‘Orange Is the New Black’s’ Michael Chernus Heads to ‘Manhattan’

24 March 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Wgn America’s “Manhattan,” the new scripted drama about the development of the first atomic bomb, has added its final lab tech.

Orange Is the New Black” and “The Big C’s” Michael Chernus is the last series regular to sign on and will play Louis “Fritz” Fedowitz, one of the geniuses working under Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey). The cast includes Rachel Brosnahan, Christopher Denham, Katja Herbers, Harry Lloyd, Daniel Stern, Olivia Williams and Ashley Zukerman.

Chernus, whose name is coincidentally similar to that of Wgn America prexy and g.m. Matt Cherniss, is repped by UTA, manager Jill Kaplan and Felker Toczek.

“Manhattan” has a 13-episode order and is a production of Skydance Television, Tribune Studios and Lionsgate Television. Executive producers are scribe and creator Sam Shaw (“Masters of Sex“) , alongside executive producers David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Dustin Thomason. Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing,” “Sports »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Precious pair Lee Daniels and Gabourey Sidibe reunite for TV hip-hop drama

11 March 2014 3:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor Gabourey Sidibe, whose Oscar-nominated breakthrough came in Lee Daniels' film Precious, is to star in Empire, a TV series from the director, with Timbaland also on board

With her lead performance as an abused teenager in Lee Daniels' film Precious, Gabourey Sidibe went from unknown to Oscar-nominated within a year – and now the pair are reuniting on Empire, a drama for Us TV network Fox.

Daniels will direct the drama, which focuses on a successful hip-hop record label, with Terrence Howard starring as the label head and Taraji P Henson as his ex-wife. Sidibe will have a role playing Howard's assistant.

It's the first TV project from Daniels, who also directed The Paperboy and last year's The Butler as well as Precious. The series will be written by Danny Strong, who wrote The Butler as well as the forthcoming Hunger Games sequel Mockingjay, and who has also acted in Mad Men, »

- Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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