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“Deliverance Creek” feels like a Franken-western, stitched together from pieces of previous movies. That’s not all bad, necessarily, but it does make this two-hour Lifetime pilot, bearing the stamp of hankie-waving producer Nicholas Sparks, about as tidy as a stable in the early going, drunkenly flitting around among multiple plots. Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”) is the anchor as a mother struggling to raise her kids during the Civil War, before her Confederate/outlaw brother, former lover and runaway slaves enter the picture. The Sparks connection might help the battle of launching the show, but greater coherence is needed to avoid losing the war.
Lifetime has done the project and potential viewers no favors, airing a series prototype as a “programming event.” The problem is that there’s no real ending, so the story doesn’t conclude so much as simply run out of time. It’s also a »
- Brian Lowry
Los Angeles is in grave danger of losing even more TV drama series because of the limits of the state’s production tax incentive program, a new report asserts.
FilmL.A. disclosed Wednesday that Hollywood has seen a 34% decline in TV dramas shot in Los Angeles since 2006-07 from 73 to 48 currently. Additionally, 13 of those 48 one-hour shows are receiving the state’s production tax credit — which did not exist in 2007.
“In fact, were it not for the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program, 2013/14 would have been the worst year on record since 2006 for total television dramas produced in the state,” the report said. “Since 2006/07, production has fallen more than 52 percent to just 35 drama series this year.”
Adding to the report’s gloomy outlook is the fact that since 2012, 29 one-hour dramas based in California have completed their series runs, including “90210,” “Bunheads,” “Southland,” “True Blood,” “Dexter,” “Mad Men,” “Glee,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “Parenthood. »
- Dave McNary
Kem Nunn has signed with Wme. He is a writer/co-executive producer on FX’s Sons Of Anarchy and also co-created and wrote HBO’s surfer series John From Cincinnati. Nunn also is the author of books including Pomona Queen, Unassigned Territory, Tijuana Straits, Chance and such “surf noir” novels as Tapping The Source and Dogs Of Winter. He continues to be repped by Echo Lake Entertainment. India de Beaufort has inked with Gersh. She was a regular on ABC Family’s Jane By Design and starred in Comedy Central’s series Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire. She also has appeared in episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Necessary Roughness and One Tree Hill and had a role in the feature Run Fatboy Run. De Beaufort remains with Think Tank Management. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
VH1 has handed a series order to “Hindsight,” a drama set in the ’90s from from “Jane By Design” writer Emily Fox and Timberman-Beverly. It’s set to premiere with 10 episodes in 2015, a VH1 representative told TheWrap. The series follows Becca (Laura Ramsey, pictured above), who’s approaching 40 years old and a second marriage. But, she’s feeling there’s something missing, her long-estranged best friend Lolly (Sarah Goldberg). As she’s feeling mixed feelings, she wakes up to discover she has somehow traveled 15 years into the past as she’s approaching her first marriage with Sean (Craig Horner). Also read: Nick Lachey Named. »
- Jethro Nededog
VH1 is expanding its scripted portfolio with Hindsight, handing out a 10-episode series pickup to the hourlong scripted drama pilot from writer Emily Fox (Jane By Design) and Timberman-Beverly for a premiere in early 2015. The project, previously developed at NBC, marked the first scripted pilot order for VH1′s new head of development Susan Levison. Now it is her first scripted series pickup and a followup to the network’s first hourlong scripted series, the Queen Latifah-produced Single Ladies, and summer breakout Hit the Floor. The network most recently had scripted success with the highly rated TLC biopic and just greenlighted a Drumline sequel with Nick Cannon. Related: Primetime Pilot Panic Hindsight, whose pilot was directed by Michael Trim, is set in 1990s New York and stars Laura Ramsey, Legend Of The Seeker‘s Craig Horner and Sarah Goldberg. It centers on Becca (Ramsey) who, as she nears 40, is »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
VH1 is continuing its push into scripted territory, ordering drama Hindsight to series. From Jane by Design's Emily Fox, the 10-episode drama centers around Becca (Laura Ramsey) on the eve of her second wedding -- in hindsight, she thinks about her life's decisions and winds up going back to the morning of her first wedding in 1995. Hindsight was previously developed at NBC and will be executive produced by Fox, Timberman/Beverly's Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly and Maggie Malina. VH1 head of development Susan Levison will exec produce alongside Jill Holmes. Michael Trimm directed the pilot. The drama was Levison's
- Lesley Goldberg
Susan Delfino out for a jog on Wisteria Lane! Teri Hatcher flaunted her fit physique while jogging in Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 6. The 49-year-old actress went without makeup, leaving her looking fresh-faced and determined. Hatcher, whose last major role was as Kate Quimby on the now-cancelled ABC Family comedy Jane by Design, seems to have taken a bit of time off from acting. During that hiatus, she's been working on her flawless figure. And she often supports fans' fitness goals on Twitter. "Go girl, I just worked [...] »
7 items from 2014
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