8 items from 2014
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- Jackie & Kelso 4-eva! Mila Kunis will guest-star on an upcoming episode of CBS' "Two and a Half Men" opposite her former "That '70s Show" co-star (and real-life fiance) Ashton Kutcher. She'll play Vivian, a "beautiful, free-spirited world traveler who shows up on Walden's doorstep. Walden feels an instant connection with her, convinced she's 'the one.'" Tough timing, as he's about to propose to someone else. There's no word on an airdate yet.
- The first post-Oscars edition of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" scored the syndicated talk show's highest ratings in the series' 11-year history, with a 4.8 rating/11 household share. The episode was shot live after DeGeneres hosted the 86th Academy Awards, and aired the following day (Monday, March 3).
- Matthew Perry will detour from his new series project, CBS' "Odd Couple" remake, for a one-off performance on British TV. He'll star in "The Dog Thrower, »
“Through a culturally resonant story of an imperfect marriage, the series takes a captivating look at real modern day issues facing couples in today’s complicated world,” said USA Network President Chris McCumber.
- Stephanie Robbins
USA Network has ordered its untitled pilot from “Suits” and “Nip/Tuck” executive producer Sean Jablonski to series. Its 10-episode first season is slated to premiere this summmer. “The Glades” actor Matt Passmore, pictured above, stars in the drama as investment banker Neil Truman. Neil has discovered that his wife, Grace (Stephanie Szostak), has been cheating on him with an escort. As he finds out more information on the escort and gains possession of his cell phone, Neil discovers a new perspective on his life and why women stray. Also read: ‘Daily Show's’ Larry Wilmore to Guest on USA's ‘Playing House’ “This is a powerful. »
- Jethro Nededog
USA will hit a record number of original series this year with a 10-episode order going to an untitled drama about a man who confronts his wife’s infidelity.
The series hails from Universal Cable Prods. and scribe Sean Jablonski, an alum of USA’s “Suits. The project stars Aussie actor Matt Passmore (“The Glades”) as a man who discovers his wife, played by Stephanie Szostak, has been seeing a male escort. When the husband accidentally gets ahold of the escort’s phone, he gains new insight into the reasons why women stray from their marriages.
Series is slated to bow in the summer. The network already has the limited series “Dig” on deck for this year along with at least two original comedies: “Sirens,” to bow next week, and “Playing House,” set to debut in April. Plus it has given a series order to a third comedy, “Benched,” that has not yet been scheduled. »
- Cynthia Littleton
USA Network has given a 10-episode series pickup to the untitled drama pilot created by Sean Jablonski. The order marks a very quick return to primetime for former Glades star Matt Passmore who was cast as the lead in the USA pilot the second he was released from The Glades following the series’ cancellation by A&E. Produced by Universal Cable Prods., the Sean Jablonski project is described as a provocative drama exploring a marriage that has grown stagnant. It follows investment banker Neil Truman (Passmore) who accidentally discovers his wife’s (Stephanie Szostak) involvement with an escort. Jablonski, who helped get USA’s hit legal drama Suits off the ground as showrunner on its first season, is executive producing the new series with Russ Krasnoff (Community) of Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment. It will film in Atlanta, Georgia for a premiere this summer. “This is a powerful new addition to our »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
USA Network is continuing to bulk up on original programming, ordering its Sean Jablonski drama to series. The cable network has picked up 10 episodes of the untitled drama starring Matt Passmore (The Glades) for a debut in the summer. The untitled effort revolves around investment banker Neil Truman (Passmore) and his wife, Grace (Stephanie Szostak, The Devil Wears Prada), as they try to sift through their stagnant relationship looking for what they once had. But when Neil discovers that Grace is seeing a male escort and accidentally comes into possession of the escort's phone, he gains a unique perspective
- Lesley Goldberg
Universal Pictures have released the first poster, stills and teaser trailer for The Purge: Anarchy, a follow-up to the movie which grossed an impressive $90 million worldwide on a budget of only $3 million.
Returning alongside writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to produce the sequel to 2013’s sleeper hit are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th).
The sequel stars Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s Frank Grillo, alongside Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire), Zach Gilford (The Last Stand) and Kiele Sanchez (The Glades). The Purge: Anarchy isn’t a sequel in the traditional sense as events take place at the same time time as the original movie, with a »
- Josh Wilding
When the first Purge, filmed on a shoestring $3 million budget, broke out at the box-office last June and made off with nearly $90 million before the end of its theatrical run, Universal and Blumhouse Productions commissioning a sequel was almost automatic. Studio heads moved quickly to get the next installment into production for release this year, likely in hopes of establishing the series as an annual, low-budget moneymaker, à la the Paranormal Activity franchise. Now, details have emerged about the sequel’s premise, and the film finally has an official title – The Purge: Anarchy.
The first film drew fire from some critics for confining its story to one household under attack by masked psychopaths. In the alternate universe of The Purge, America’s New Founding Fathers have declared a 24-hour free-for-all once a year during which all emergency services are suspended. During the event, civilians are encouraged to go out, »
- Isaac Feldberg
8 items from 2014
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