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It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s… super good news! Ahead of the upfronts next week, CBS has officially granted a full series order to Supergirl.
The series – developed by Arrow and The Flash producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg along with Chuck alum Ali Adler – was given a series commitment last fall, and has picked up quite a bit of buzz ever since. Where it will wind up on CBS’ schedule hasn’t been announced, and likely won’t be until the aforementioned upfronts next week, when the network unveils all of its plans for the upcoming fall television season.
Despite sharing a creative team with the CW DC shows, Supergirl is expected to stand independently from The Flash and Arrow - though I guess crossovers are never out of the question in today’s superhero-driven climate. The show stars Glee‘s Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, »
- James Garcia
In what amounts to a news story we all saw coming, CBS has officially given Supergirl a series order. The show – developed and written by Arrow and The Flash showrunners Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, along with Chuck and No Ordinary Family alum Ali Adler – went into development last fall and was given a series commitment shortly thereafter.
The show stars Glee alum Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, who escaped Krypton’s destruction and has been in hiding on Earth and keeping her powers a secret ever since. The series will pick up when Kara is 24 years old and ready to “embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.” Her famous cousin, Superman, is expected to show up in a small capacity, but the Supergirl will mainly focus on Kara’s solo adventures and coming-of-age journey into heroism.
- James Garcia
Supergirl is officially taking flight! The superhero series, which had already received a series commitment from CBS, has now been handed an official series order from the network. Unlike The WB/CW’s Smallville, which began with a teenage Clark Kent, Supergirl will follow Kara in her mid-twenties. At 24 years old, Kara has hidden the powers that she possesses throughout her time on Earth, but she has finally chosen to embrace her superhuman abilities and “be the hero she was meant to be.” Supergirl stars Glee‘s Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El/Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks (True Blood) as James Olsen, Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) as Cat Grant, David Harewood (Selfie, Homeland) as Hank Hanshaw, Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy, Taxi Brooklyn) as Alex Danvers, and Laura Benanti (Nashville) as Alura Zor-El. Additionally, Lois & Clark‘s Dean Cain and Helen Slater from the original 1984 Supergirl movie will be appearing on the show in mysterious guest-starring roles. »
- Chris King
It’s time to start honoring television again, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association has released their (our) nominations for the 5th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
HBO comes out especially strong with a whopping 27 nominations.
Any release of nominees also means its time to talk snubs, and generally start the wheels of backlash turning, and I want to know you’re reaction.
But, before that kicks off, lets see who the nominees are.
By the way, don’t miss the awards! Sunday, May 31st at 8:00pm Et on A&E!
HBO leads the networks in nominations with 27, followed by FX which garnered 16. Topping the list of nominated series are Justified (FX) and Olive Kitteridge (HBO), both with five nominations. The Americans (FX),Bessie (HBO), The Good Wife (CBS), Transparent (Amazon) and Wolf Hall »
- Marc Eastman
The critics are out for (new) blood!
Nominations for the fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were announced Wednesday, and the list is chock-full of first-time nominees from rookie hits and established series.
In something of a surprise, FX’s Justified parlayed widespread acclaim for its final season into a leading five nominations, including best drama series, lead actor for Timothy Olyphant, supporting actor for Walton Goggins (who’s also up for his guest work on Sons of Anarchy), supporting actress for Joelle Carter and guest performer for Sam Elliott. »
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has announced the nominations for its annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, with HBO leading the networks with 27 nominations and FX coming in second with 17.
FX’s “Justified” and HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge” tied for most-nominated series with five bids each, followed by FX’s “The Americans,” HBO’s “Bessie,” CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Amazon’s “Transparent” and PBS’ “Wolf Hall” with four each.
“From streaming television to broadcast and cable, single-camera to multicamera productions, inventive reality shows to high-end drama series, this year’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards contenders really span the gamut,” said Btja president Joey Berlin. “It’s thrilling to continue to see such creativity and diversity in television programming, and as television journalists, it’s exciting to be able to share our favorites with viewers.”
The awards ceremony will be held May 31 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast live starting at 8 p. »
- Whitney Friedlander
New series are ascendant in the Critics' Choice Television Awards nominations, but it's the final season of "Justified" that reigns supreme.
The FX drama topped the nominations list with five nominations, including Best Drama, Best Actor for Timothy Olyphant, and Best Supporting Actor for Walton Goggins. "Transparent" was the leading comedy, with four nominations.
Here's the full list of nominees:
Best Drama Series
Best Comedy Series
Best Actor In A Drama Series
Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"
Best Actress In A Drama Series
Eva Green, »
- Kelly Woo
After more than five years at 20th Century Fox TV, Homeland executive producer Alex Cary is moving to Universal TV with a two-year overall deal. Cary spent the last four years on the Fox 21 TV Studios-produced Showtime drama Homeland, which he joined after the pilot, rising from co-executive producer to executive producers for Seasons 3 and 4 before he departed the Emmy-winning series. Prior to Homeland, British-native Cary worked on 20th TV’s Fox drama Lie To Me. He… »
I'll be quite honest: Tyrant being renewed for a second season was a huge surprise. Critically, it wasn't a hit (I gave up after about 4 episodes), but most viewers who started it did mostly stick with it, as ratings remained incredibly consistent. It's that consistency that FX is looking to hold onto with the series, which also suffered from early creative conflicts (including Ang Lee leaving the project, followed by the departure of Homeland's Gideon Raff, although Howard Gordon remained) that left it without a clear tone (at least to start). Sometimes it was decidedly lackluster, sometimes it was offensive, sometimes it was soapy, and sometimes its conflicting accents were just confusing. But if FX has faith in it, maybe it's time for the Tyrant lost to find it again. Judging from the Season 2 trailer, it shouldn't be too hard to pick up. The coup orchestrated by Barry Al-Fayeed »
- Allison Keene
The X-Files is one of those rare shows that managed to change the landscape of television – not just with its own groundbreaking achievements, but by being an incubator of talent that later delivered other world-class television drama. It is thanks to The X-Files, for example, that we have multiple award-winning Homeland – created by X-Files writing room alumni Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. Likewise, without The X-Files, there would arguably be no Breaking Bad, and therefore no Better Call Saul – because television genius Vince Gilligan cut his teeth on Chris Carter’s hit show.
It was only natural, then, that fans asked the question when the return of The X-Files was announced – would Vince Gilligan be back, too? The writer-producer-director recently confirmed the suspicions of the audience while conducting a Reddit question and answer session.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be writing for the reboot, because my work on Better Call Saul »
- Sarah Myles
"It's got politics in it. It's got religious intolerance and extremists in it, you know, the ends justify the means. It's got mystery and sex. Really what it's got most of all is skillful storytelling. They know how to engage you," reveals actor Jason Isaacs during our recent video chat (watch below) about his new limited series "Dig" on USA Network. -Break- Isaacs stars on the 10-part program as FBI Agent Peter Connelly, a man who uncovers an international conspiracy over 2,000 years old while investigating a murder in Jerusalem. He refers to the original pitch of the show as a mix between "The Da Vinci Code," "Indiana Jones," and "Homeland." Indeed, "Homeland" co-creator Gideon Raff and "Heroes" creator Tim Kring are the showrunners. He adds, "This subject of the end of the world and some of the real-life lunatics all around us here in America and other places, they..." »
In an exclusive interview with Flickering Myth, Lebanese actor Danny Boushebel, who is about to make his debut on hit CBS show Elementary alongside Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu this month. Boushebel, who has also appeared in House of Cards, The Blacklist and Homeland, is also about to make his debut at the Cannes Film Festival with Much Loved, the new film from Academy Award nominated director Nabil Ayouch.
Boushebel sat down with Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis about his acting dreams, moving to America and what he hopes to achieve in Hollywood…
Scott Davis: How did you get start in acting, was it always a dream of yours from a young age?
Danny Boushebel: Since a very young age, acting has been a dream of mine, but growing up in Lebanon, and then mostly Kuwait, it was difficult to do anything about it.
There were theaters »
- Scott J. Davis
The German actress sang at Glastonbury and acted alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman in his final film. It seems America may soon decide Hoss is boss…
Nina Hoss is at that juncture where years of acclaim could tip her over into outright fame. She is two months off 40 and can bank on the admiration of international arthouse audiences, who have seen her in a run of disquieting thrillers by Christian Petzold. These include Yella, for which she won the best actress prize at the Berlin film festival in 2007; Jerichow (2008), a German take on The Postman Always Rings Twice; and Barbara (2012), an enigmatic portrait of life under the Gdr. She also collaborated last year with Manic Street Preachers on the song “Europa Geht Durch Mich”, produced by her partner, Alex Silva. She even went on the road with the band, performing at Glastonbury. “I had my wellies,” she tells me.
She recently »
- Ryan Gilbey
Nyu, USC, UCLA — and now Tau.
Just like those well-regarded U.S. film schools, the Tel Aviv U. School of Film and Television has developed its own brand of excellence, with successful alumni such as Gideon Raff (“Homeland”), Hagai Levi (“The Affair”), Ari Folman (“Waltz With Bashir”) and Avi Nir (CEO of top shingle Keshet), all heavyweights of the Israeli film and television industry, and known for their crossover success into the American market.
And now Tel Aviv U. has something else that’s similar to its well-funded brethren — an endowment from a Holly-wood benefactor.
Last month, producer Steve Tisch (“Forrest Gump,” “The Equalizer”) donated $10 million to the school — funding that will completely transform the campus and, Tisch hopes, further position Israeli film and television projects in the international arena.
The gift wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision. Last year, Tisch traveled to Tel Aviv, having been invited to serve as »
- Debra Kamin
A&E continues to become a small screen horror hub. Not long after the network announced they are moving forward on a TV series adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's world-renowned Sweden-set vampire novel, Let the Right One In, A&E has now revealed that they will air The Omen sequel series, Damien. The follow-up show to the 1976 horror film was originally going to air on Lifetime, but the series has moved to its sister network and has also seen an increase from six to ten episodes on its first season order:
Press Release (via TV by the Numbers) -- "New York, NY— April 29, 2015 — A&E Network will premiere the new original scripted drama series, “Damien.” The hour-long drama from Fox 21 Television Studios and executive producer Glen Mazzara is a follow-up to the classic horror film, The Omen. Currently in production in Toronto, “Damien” will premiere a 10-episode season on A&E, »
- Derek Anderson
A&E had better cross its t’s (and bless ’em with holy water): Damien is headed to the cabler later this year.
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The hour-long drama — described as a follow-up to the classic horror film The Omen — was ordered last summer for a six-episode first season at sister channel Lifetime. In its move to A&E, Damien is getting pumped up to 10 episodes.
In a Gold Derby exclusive, Showtime has revealed the category placements of its key Emmy Awards contenders this year. -Break- Last year, the premium network earned major nominations for its drama programming "Homeland" (Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin), "Masters of Sex" (Lizzy Caplan, winner Allison Janney, Beau Bridges), and "Ray Donovan" (Jon Voight). On the comedy side, it saw bids for "Episodes" (Matt LeBlanc), "House of Lies" (Don Cheadle), "Nurse Jackie" (Edie Falco), and "Shameless" (William H. Macy, Joan Cusack). How will Showtime fare at this year's Emmy Awards? Hurry -- make your predictions now. You could win our $1,000 prize, earn a place of honor on our leaderboard, and a leading role in next year's Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year's Emmys). Below, the complete list of Showtime submissions across the drama and come...' »
From NYC to New South Wales, these stellar schools earn accolades for their showbiz programs.
U.S. Showbiz Programs
American Film Institute
AFI’s Conservatory is training 260 Fellows that are all, per the school, “worthy to watch.” The school’s participants create between four and 10 movies during the two-year program, and 37 alumni have received Oscar nominations in the past decade alone. An additional 118 have participated in award-winning projects ranging from “Boyhood” to “Mad Men.”
Art Center College of Design
The venerable private college’s film and graduate broadcast program continues to establish itself as an influential entity through its immersive curriculum and close working relationships between students and faculty. Its list of celebrated alumni includes director Zack Snyder and conceptual designers Ralph McQuarrie (“Star Wars”) and Syd Mead (“Blade Runner”).
Boston U. Department Film & Television, College of Communication
2015 saw the establishment of a one-year Mfa program, »
- Variety Staff
Fifth season of Emmy-winning show starring Claire Danes will be shot entirely in Germany, Showtime confirms – a first for a Us television series
Carrie Mathison and Homeland will be swapping the sunny climes of Cape Town for Berlin as the fifth season of the TV series sets up camp in the German capital.
Showtime announced on Monday that the hit drama will be shot entirely in Germany – a first for a Us television series – with Carrie, played by Claire Danes, now working for a private Berlin security firm after becoming estranged from the CIA.
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- Lanre Bakare
Homeland is one of the few shows on current television that consistently earns the word "unpredictable" as its chief descriptor. Following the shaky narrative and wonky, volatile emotions of Season 3, which saw the final exit of Damian Lewis's Nicholas Brody, the show refocused in last year's blistering fourth season, mainly by jettisoning not only Brody but all the bloated drama that surrounded his family. There is something to be said, however, about the way the show's creators and writers stuck it out to give a full, measured picture of what life for the families of violent political radicals is like in the longterm. Still, the fourth season survived by focusing on Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and her dangerous, mercurial profession in Islamabad and Washington D.C. Season 5 looks to be focusing on a new profession and, as it was announced today, a totally new locale, namely Berlin, Germany, which »
- Chris Cabin
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