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Cancelled or Renewed? Status of PBS TV Shows

19 August 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Which PBS TV shows have been cancelled? How many episodes are there this season? Has a series already been renewed for next season? Below, you'll find a list of PBS' recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows and their current status.TV shows like Arthur & George, Call the Midwife, Case Histories, Downton Abbey, Endeavour, Grantchester, The Guilty, Home Fires, Indian Summers, Last Tango in Halifax, Lewis, Mercy Street, Mr. Selfridge, Poldark, Ready Jeto Go!, Sherlock, Vicious, Victoria, Wallander, The Widower, »


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Celebrating the movie roles of Jason Isaacs

3 August 2016 2:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Aug 5, 2016

Hello! From Armageddon to Harry Potter, we salute the screen work of Mr Jason Isaacs...

This feature contains spoilers for Event Horizon and the Harry Potter films. This spoiler warning contains spoilers for the list.

Hello to Jason Isaacs! Through roles in an impressive array of movies, from indies to massive blockbusters on both sides of the pond, he's become one of our favourite character actors. We've found that no matter how the film turns out, you can guarantee that if he's in it, his performance is going to be one of the highlights.

Off-screen, Isaacs has a whole other profile of popularity. Out of several prominent celebrity fans of Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's film review show on BBC Radio 5 Live, he's the patron saint of their “church of Wittertainment”, and “hello to Jason Isaacs” is the show's first, most popular catchphrase.

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Playground Adapting Hot UK Books ‘The Widow’ & ‘Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories’

11 April 2016 2:44 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

In its latest book acquisitions, Colin Callender’s prestige drama producer Playground Entertainment has secured the rights to two new bestsellers with plans to adapt them into TV series. The Widow is a psychological thriller by Fiona Barton and published by Penguin Random House Books while Jeremy Hutchinson's Case Histories is a non-fiction account of the famed UK lawyer’s life by Thomas Grant and published by John Murray. The deals follow the recent option of Patrick… »

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Colin Callender’s Playground Options ‘The Widow,’ ‘Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories’

11 April 2016 1:54 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Colin Callender’s production company Playground, whose credits include Hilary Mantel adaptation “Wolf Hall,” has optioned two books, Fiona Barton’s psychological thriller “The Widow” and Thomas Grant’s nonfiction account of a lawyer’s life, “Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories.”

The deals follow Playground’s recent optioning of Patrick Kingsley’s “The New Odyssey — The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis,” which will be published in May.

“The Widow” is about the wife of a man who is accused — and eventually cleared — of kidnapping and murdering a child. Throughout this ordeal, the woman, Jean, stands by her man, the ever loyal and supportive wife, seemingly refusing to believe anything the police or press accused him of. But when he suddenly dies, both the law and the media want answers. Surely Jean must know the truth about what happened?

Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories” is an entertaining and thought-provoking »

- Leo Barraclough

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‘The Catch’: ABC Tries to Throw a Curveball With a Lighter Shondaland Thriller

16 March 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mireille Enos is smiling.

It’s a sly, sexy smile, but it’s a definite, tooth-baring grin — one viewers rarely got to see through her four seasons as the grim homicide detective Sarah Linden on “The Killing.”

On the sleek set of ABC’s new cat-and-mouse thriller “The Catch,” she’s shed that dour demeanor, along with those wool sweaters and down parkas, in favor of the far more provocative persona of private investigator Alice Vaughan. “I never get asked to play the beautiful heroine,” says Enos with a laugh.

Clad in figure-flattering clothes and tapered heels, she’s in pursuit of an elusive con man, Ben (Peter Krause) — who just happens to be her ex-fiance.

But it’s been a bit of a uphill climb to get to this stylish caper to the small screen. After the pilot was picked up in January 2015, the show went through a change of showrunners, »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Pinewood launches TV production arm

26 January 2016 1:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Pinewood Group has recruited the producer of Fortitude, The Enfield Haunting and The Last Kingdom to lead its newly-formed TV production company.

Pinewood Television, a joint venture with StoryFirst Pst, has hired Helen Gregory as creative director to create, develop and finance drama series for the international TV market.

Pinewood Group opened conversations with experienced producers in 2011, with the new division expected to produce its own content as well as work as a co-production partner on dramas in need of funding.  

Pinewood has already invested in a dozen feature films, including A Fantastic Fear of Everything and Kill Your Friends, and said it now planned to develop, produce, market and distribute high-end TV drama to build up a library of TV content. It is currently arranging long-term external financing from a group of investors and banks.

Chief executive Ivan Dunleavy said: “The global demand for high-end television continues to rise dramatically and, with high-end »

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Pinewood, Peter Gerwe Set Up Television Company

26 January 2016 12:59 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Production facilities company Pinewood Group has set up Pinewood Television as a joint venture with Peter Gerwe’s StoryFirst Pst to create, develop and finance high-quality television drama series for the international market. Helen Gregory, the co-creator and co-executive producer of Shondaland/ABC’s new series “The Catch,” has been appointed creative director and will lead the company.

Pinewood Television is expected to be both an originating producer and a co-producing partner for major drama projects looking for deficit funding, Pinewood said. It is in the process of arranging long-term external financing from a group of investors and banks to invest directly into its slate.

Pinewood Television aims to be a one-stop shop, developing strong partnerships with producers, and providing them with development and deficit financing. It seeks to become a “mainstream originator and financier, building a library of TV content, and once financed, it will have the ability to facilitate the development, »

- Leo Barraclough

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