12 items from 2013
On the heels of We tv‘s entry into scripted series with the green light to drama The Divide, the cable network has appointed its first scripted executive. Veteran TV executive/producer Cheryl Bloch has been named Svp Scripted Programming. Bloch segues to her formal role after serving as a senior consultant for We tv, helping the network build its inaugural slate of scripted projects: Richard Lagravenese/Tony Goldwyn’s The Divide – slated to debut next year — and several projects currently in development including All American Woman, from Chris and Paul Weitz and Fox TV Studios; Dirty, from FtvS and Rj Cutler; and Unpredictable (aka Headhunters), executive produced by Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson. Bloch will be based in AMC Networks’ Santa Monica office, reporting to We tv President and General Manager Marc Juris. Prior to joining We tv, Bloch was Svp at Jennilind Prods, where she developed comedy and »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Amid a disappointing season, Deadline reports that ABC is thinking of bringing Dana Delaney‘s Body of Proof back from cancelation.
In an interview with Buzzfeed Jessica Lange says the next season of American Horror Story may be her last. Lange would definitely be missed but she would also be leaving American Horror Story in good hands.
American Horror Story would not have been the same without Constance.
Syfy has decided to go forward with Opposite Worlds, according to Deadline. The reality competition series follows fourteen people who live in a house split in half — one with a past and future theme — and compete in challenges every week. I have to admit it sounds intriguing, if they can make it work.
What does Scandal have in common with Homeland? Alyyssa Rosenberg compares the two and declares that Scandal beats Homeland at its own game.
Speaking of Homeland, Showtime has »
- Lyle Masaki
Bromell died in March at the age of 65 of a heart condition, just as production was beginning on the third season of “Homeland.” His widow, Sarah Bromell, accepted his award and noted how hard he and the “Homeland” crew worked on the episode that was pivotal for season two as it encompassed the first open confrontation between Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison and Damian Lewis’ Nicholas Brody.
“It was like a little movie and it was really difficult to figure out how to do it,” Bromell said. “They found a really beautiful solution to the problem and a turning point. It was a huge puzzle piece in the whole season.”
- Cynthia Littleton
Throughout the years, I’ve often wondered what exactly makes a song a hit—and wondered even greater why certain songs are hits in the first place. I think I should qualify what I mean by “overrated.” None of the songs on this list are “bad” per se, but I felt they didn’t deserve the lavish praise heaped on them after their recording nor the endless plays on the radio.
In other words, there are plenty of worse songs out there, but none of them “earned” the success or were played to death like these five (in chronological order by decade):
Right away, this selection is going to turn a lot of people off, simply because it’s so cherished, but that’s precisely my point. This song is not only a “classic,” it’s considered Sinatra’s defining standard, »
- Michael Perone
Look closely at Gold Derby's chart tracking the Emmy race for Best Drama Actress and you'll discover something curious. Kerry Washington ("Scandal") is the only leading contender on the upswing. According to the experts' predictions, Claire Danes ("Homeland") and Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") may be ahead, but their mojo is tracking down while third-placed Kerry Washington is trending up. Three experts boldly forecast her victory: Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Ken Tucker and me. See how she's ranked by all of our experts here. If she makes the official Emmy list, she'll become only the fifth African-American woman to be nominated for Best Drama Actress. Previous contenders: Debbie Allen (“Fame”; 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985), Alfre Woodard (“St. Elsewhere”; 1986), Regina Taylor (“I’ll Fly Away”; 1992, 1993) and Cicely Tyson (“Sweet Justice”; 1995). None »
Anyone who watched the last season of “Homeland” remembers the Interrogation.
Unfolding nearly halfway through the episode Q&A, the 15-minute scene finds Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison masterfully breaking down Damian Lewis’ Pow-turned-congressman Nicholas Brody piece by piece, until he admits he’s a would-be suicide bomber. Her only weapon in the intense confrontation? Words. Alternately devastating and delicate, the scene stands as a hallmark of the talent of “Homeland” exec producer Henry Bromell, who died March 18 at age 65 of a heart condition.
“That was a very challenging episode, closer to a play in some ways than a TV script,” says “Homeland” exec producer Howard Gordon. “Henry understood just how gripping two people in a room talking could be, and he really lived and breathed it until he nailed it.”
Three months after his death, the “Homeland” writers’ room is still grappling with the loss of Bromell.
A novelist and »
- Shawna Malcolm
What an inspirational story. Dallas Wiens and Jamie Nash overcame immense struggles and found love and hope in each other. Their wedding on Mar. 30 is a testament to human perseverance and the power of love. Congratulations!
Before Dallas Wiens and Jamie Nash met each other, they were struggling to recover from unbelievably traumatic experiences. But they both proved how strong, supportive, and in love they are now during their beautiful wedding ceremony in Fort Worth, Tex. on Mar. 30.
Dallas Wiens & Jamie Nash: Their Emotional Wedding Ceremony
Dallas and Jamie, who met in a support group for burn victims, showed that their love for each other was strong enough to withstand any physical pains, getting married in a beautiful ceremony at the same church where Dallas was injured.
Exchanging their vows in front of a congregation of over 150 people, Dallas lovingly told Jamie, “I am blessed beyond measure that you have chosen me, »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Famed executive producer Henry passed away on Mar. 18, reportedly of a heart attack. He was 66 years old.
His agent and friend Peter Bendek told The Associated Press that Henry died at a Los Angeles area hospital. According to the Los Angeles Times, his death was caused by a heart attack.
“We are deeply saddened by our dear friend Henry Bromell, who has been part of the Showtime family for over a decade,” Showtime executives said in a statement regarding the producer, who worked on the Claire Danes and Damian Lewis-starring show since its premiere in 2011. “Henry was an immensely talented and prolific writer, director and showrunner, and his work on Brotherhood and Homeland was nothing short of brilliant.”
“His passion, warmth, humor and generosity will be greatly missed,” the statement continued. »
- Billy Nilles
Entertainment Weekly has confirmed the death of TV writer and producer Henry Bromell, who died of a heart attack at the age of 65. Bromell was a short-story writer and novelist who broke into television with his work on Northern Exposure, eventually moving on to be a writer and producer on dramas like I’ll Fly Away, Homicide: Life On The Street, Carnivale, Chicago Hope, Brotherhood, and Rubicon. In 2011, Bromell joined Showtime’s Homeland as an executive producer, writing four of the series’ episodes (including pivotal chapters “Q&A” and “Broken Hearts”), and sharing in the show’s Emmy »
Kerry Washington could soon make Emmy history – twice. As the star of ABC’s political thriller "Scandal," she is poised to become the fifth African American actress ever nominated for Best Drama Actress. And, if she goes the distance in September, Washington could become the first to win. -Insertgroups:12- Debbie Allen cracked this glass celling for her role on the syndicated musical drama “Fame” with a bid in 1982 and contended three more times. In 1986, Emmy darling Alfre Woodard was nominated for “St. Elsewhere”. Six years later, Regina Taylor received the first of two consecutive bids for her work on the family drama “I’ll Fly Away”. And in 1995, Cicely Tyson was cited for the short-lived legal drama “Sweet Justice”. 2012 was a career-defining year for Washington. In addition to a supporting role in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning spaghetti western homage “Dj »
Metallica is bringing the Orion Music & More festival to Detroit's island park on June 8 and 9. The lineup was announced Monday. Along with the two headliners: Rise Against, The Deftones, Bassnectar, Dropkick Murphys, Gogol Bordello and a host of other bands will be performing, including some familiar Detroit groups, like Death and the Dirtbombs. See the lineup below.
Among the festival attendees? Rhcp drummer Chad Smith's mom. Smith grew up in the Detroit suburbs.
According to MLive, the 2013 festival is projected to bring $100,000 in revenue to the city.
Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, with presales beginning Tuesday for Met Club members and Wednesday for E-list members.
Orion Music and More shared the lineup on their Facebook page:
- Kate Abbey-Lambertz
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I’ve discussed on several occasions Parks and Recreation’s forward thinking attitude towards gender and usually this progressive perspective yields genuine laughs as well as smart stories, but in this episode I feel that while the former was certainly present, almost entirely due to April’s sardonic patriarchal obedience and genuine fervor for privacy invasion, the latter just wasn’t there. In an attempt to demonstrate to a borderline unbelievably (even by silly sitcom standards) absurdly misogynistic city council that women possess enough upper body strength to work as sanitation agents, Leslie and April embark on a garbage truck ride-along and easily set a speedy and impressive precedent for female trash handlers. That is until the evil sanitation supervisor (who I’m pretty sure was Roy’s brother in The Office) tries to thwart the modern day Gloria Steinems by assigning them an impossible task »
- Joseph Kratzer
12 items from 2013
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