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Late 1980s sci-fi movie Alien Nation is to get a remake.
The original film was set in a near future where humans and aliens begrudgingly co-exist, with the new race being segregated without rights.
It focused on the first alien police officer, who is paired with a racially heartless partner. However, the pair soon learn to respect each other after joining forces on a new case.
Alien Nation had a TV spinoff in 1988, which lasted one season. There were also several TV movies, novels and comics. »
Law & Order: Svu newcomer Detective Sonny Carisi (played by Peter Scanavino) steps to the fore tonight (NBC, 9/8c), and in doing so will perhaps uncover a parole officer’s sordid secret, as seen in this exclusive sneak peek.
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As Carisi’s sister Bella (Homeland alum Marin Ireland) prepares for her wedding to fiancé Tommy Sullivan (Orange Is the New Black‘s Michael Chernus), it appears that the groom-to-be has fallen back into a bad habit. But as seen in the video below, once confronted by his bro-in-law, Tommy shares a »
Showtime is getting into the business…business. The premium cable network just ordered a full season of Billions, a new drama set in the modern-day world of Manhattan finance. The show stars Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades, a formidable, insightful U.S. attorney who goes up against Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis), a risky, adept, and highly intelligent hedge fund manager. The series is currently slated to start production later this year, under writers and executive producers David Levien, Andrew Ross Sorkin, and Brian Koppelman, with a planned 2016 release for the series. President of Showtime David Nevins announced the pick-up, saying, “With this caliber of writing and acting, I think the show’s authenticity and insider look will have great appeal to a discerning audience.” [caption id="attachment_430917" align="alignright" width="351"] Image via Showtime[/caption] Lewis, of course, has a long history with Showtime, headlining the first three seasons of Homeland alongside Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin. »
- Chris Cabin
Read More: 2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Drama Series Even with two award-winning dramas still in their prime, Showtime isn't done bolstering its originals lineup. Today, President David Nevins announced the 12-episode order of "Billions," a new drama starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis set in New York's financial world. The hour-long series will join "The Affair" and "Homeland" on the premium cable network, making for a formidable — and awards-friendly — lineup come 2016. "The dynamic star pairing of Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis is matched by an equally exciting team in the writing of this show," Nevins said in a statement. "Andrew Ross Sorkin, one of the preeminent financial journalists of our time, has joined forces with Brian Koppelman and David Levien, two of Hollywood’s most accomplished screenwriters, to tackle an incredibly timely and buzzy subject. With this caliber of writing and acting, I think the show’s authenticity...
- Ben Travers
Read More: 2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Drama Series Even with two award-winning dramas still in their prime, Showtime isn't done bolstering its originals lineup. Today, President David Nevins announced the 12-episode order of "Billions," a new drama starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis set in New York's financial world. The hour-long series will join "The Affair" and "Homeland" on the premium cable network, making for a formidable — and awards-friendly — lineup come 2016. "The dynamic star pairing of Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis is matched by an equally exciting team in the writing of this show," Nevins said in a statement. "Andrew Ross Sorkin, one of the preeminent financial journalists of our time, has joined forces with Brian Koppelman and David Levien, two of Hollywood’s most accomplished screenwriters, to tackle an incredibly timely and buzzy subject. With this caliber of writing and acting, I think the show’s authenticity »
- Ben Travers
Series revolves around politics and power in the world of Wall Street and New York investment firms. “Billions” was created by screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien and author-New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, who all exec produce. Koppelman and Levien will serve as showrunners.
Production is set to begin later this year in New York for a 2016 debut.
Giamatti plays a hard-driving U.S. attorney who clashes with a hedge fund titan played by Lewis. Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile and Condola Rashad also star. The pilot was helmed by Neil Burger, who is also an exec producer.
- Cynthia Littleton
Is money really the root of all evil?
Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti are about to find out, now that Showtime has ordered 12 episodes of Billions — which the network describes as “a complex and contemporary drama about power politics in the New York world of high finance.”
Lewis, an Emmy winner for Showtime’s Homeland, will play “brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king” Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, who’s on a collision course with the “hard-charging, politically savvy” U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades, played by Emmy winner Giamatti (John Adams, »
Showtime has picked up Wall Street drama “Billions,” starring Paul Giamatti and “Homeland” alum Damian Lewis for 12 episodes. The series, described as a complex and contemporary drama about power politics in the New York world of high finance, is written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman and David Levien (“Ocean’s Thirteen,” “Rounders”). Andrew Ross Sorkin, author of “Too Big To Fail,” which served as inspiration for the eponymous HBO film, also writes and executive produces. “The dynamic star pairing of Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis is matched by an equally exciting team in the writing of this show,” Showtime President. »
- L.A. Ross
After a short break, Homeland star Damian Lewis is returning to Showtime’s series lineup with a new drama, Billions. The pay cable network has picked up the Billions pilot, toplined by Lewis and Paul Gianatti, to series with a 12-episode order. Described as a complex contemporary drama about power politics in the New York world of high finance, Billions is written and executive produced by screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean’s Thirteen), who will serve… »
Brody's back! Ok, not really! Damian Lewis is returning to Showtime, but not as everyone's favorite solider-turned-traitor-turned Claire Danes' leading man and baby daddy on Homeland. Lewis and Paul Giamatti are set to star in Showtime's new drama series Billions, the network announced on Tuesday. "The dynamic star pairing of Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis is matched by an equally exciting team in the writing of this show," Showtime boss David Nevins said in a statement. "Andrew Ross Sorkin, one of the preeminent financial journalists of our time, has joined forces with Brian Koppelman and David Levien, two of Hollywood's most accomplished screenwriters, to tackle an incredibly »
Showtime is investing in Billions. The premium cable network has ordered 12 episodes of the financial drama starring Homeland veteran Damian Lewis and Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti. The hourlong entry, set in the Manhattan world of high finance, tells a contemporary tale of power politics. Billions is written and executive produced by Rounders' Brian Koppelman and David Levien along with The New York Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin, who famously chronicled the most recent financial crisis in his tome Too Big to Fail. (Given the dramatic nature of the crash, the latter was adapted into a critically acclaimed telepic starring Giamatti as
- Lacey Rose
A few years ago, when I was a fledgling screenwriter, I pitched a TV show. It was an idea cooked up with legendary producer Warren Littlefield, so I had the opportunity to tour the networks and cable channels with our project. The show was called Coup. The idea was simple: a young Los Angeles club promoter gets in over his head when he decides to overthrow a foreign country in order to save his mother, who had been captured by that country. Okay, it wasn’t that simple. It was quite complicated, in fact, and I wrote a precise outline that I had memorized and could say in about 8 minutes if my nerves remained steady and I didn’t throw up all over myself. As part of the outline, I had a list of 12 things a person would need in order to overthrow a country, (an army, an inside man, »
- Jonathan L. Davis
On the heels of directing the opening episode of A&E’s direct-to-series drama The Returned, Keith Gordon has signed a development deal with A+E Studios, which is behind the supernatural series. It includes a blind script commitment for Gordon who would write, direct and produce the potential pilot. Gordon also directed the opening episode of the Sundance series Rectify and has helmed episodes of Homeland, Masters Of Sex, Fargo, Leftovers, Nurse Jackie and Dexter. His… »
Will this year's Emmy Awards race for Best Drama Actress be "super competitive" and one of the hardest to predict in recent memory? Two newcomers are predicted to be nominee locks: Viola Davis ("How to Get Away with Murder") and Taraji P. Henson ("Empire"). Two recent champs that should be safe are Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") and Claire Danes ("Homeland"). After those names, there is an intense battle for the final two spots. Last year's nominees Lizzy Caplan ("Masters of Sex"), Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey"), Kerry Washington ("Scandal"), and Robin Wright ("House of Cards") could be back. Ruth Wilson ("The Affair") just won the Golden Globe. And there are at least a dozen more ladies with legitimate chances. Film Experience -Break- For the first time in almost 30 years, a Steven Spielberg film will not have John Williams composing its score. "Bridge ..." »
"Starred Up"David Mackenzie's propulsive prison drama "Starred Up" wowed critics and audiences upon its release last year. Starring Jack O'Connell ("Unbroken") and Ben Mendelsohn ("Animal Kingdom"), the film centers on young Eric Love (O'Connell), a violent repeat offender who has "starred up" from a Young Offender Institution to an adult prison. While there, he reunites with his long-imprisoned and volatile father (Mendelsohn) and confronts his inner-most demons in a group therapy program hosted by an idealistic new volunteer (played by "Homeland" star Rupert Friend). Contemplative, meticulous and brilliantly acted, "Starred Up" illustrates complicated familial dynamics and enduring personal imperfections with emotional intensity. Mackenzie, on his eighth feature film, exercises a remarkable level of control, with isolated bursts of violence lingering long after the final punch has landed. Read More: Telluride »
- David Canfield
I blame Lost for most of the problems with Dig, USA‘s new investigation thriller, but frankly, I blame Lost for a lot of things.
The show is the latest entrant in the limited-run mystery genre, and revolves around Peter Connelly (Jason Isaacs), an FBI agent working in Israel, finding himself caught up in a bizarre conspiracy that spans the globe. Having caught sight of a redhead, who sticks out like a sore thumb among the crowds in Israel, Connelly follows her to the dig she’s been working on. It’s a massive archeological exploration of caves under the city. They stumble on an odd religious rite being performed by people who aren’t supposed to be there.
It isn’t as odd as it might seem to viewers, because we’ve already been introduced to some very “old school” Jews (no, really, really old school) who are fantastically »
- Marc Eastman
Simone Kessell heads to Capetown next month to play the first Queen of Egypt in Biblical epic Of Kings and Prophets. It.s yet another exotic role for the New Zealand-born actress who is now based in Los Angeles with her husband of 11 years, director Gregor Jordan. In Roland Joffe.s The Lovers, which has just opened in a limited number of Us cinemas, she plays an English governess in colonial India. She.s just seen The Lovers (formerly known as Singularity), which had a tortuous path to the screen after the production was beset with financial problems. Her verdict? .It looks magnificent but it.s very hard to follow because whole chunks were cut from the film,. she tells If on the line from La. Most of her scenes were with Josh Hartnett, who has the dual roles of a 21st Century marine archaeologist and an 18th Century British colonialist. »
- Don Groves
Jerusalem – Keshet Media Group kicked off the first full day of its third annual Intv conference on Sunday with a fitting matchup: Keshet CEO Avi Nir sitting down to discuss the power of disruption in television with HBO topper Richard Plepler.
This year’s annual confab, which brings top TV execs from across the globe to Israel’s capital city each year to discuss innovation in the television industry, got a jumpstart Saturday evening with the Israeli premiere of “Dig,” a Jerusalem-set, Keshet-backed program from Tim Kring and “Homeland” creator Gideon Raff. On Sunday, back at the historic Jerusalem Ymca building, Nir and Pleper launched the first of two days’ worth of panels by discussing their shared philosophy on the danger of hubris.
“From about 1995 to 2002, I think HBO ran one of the great insurgent campaigns in the history of modern entertainment,” Plepler said, referring to the generation of creators »
- Debra Kamin
Jerusalem – The heavy hitters of the Israeli television industry gathered Saturday evening in Jerusalem to kick off Keshet’s third annual Innovation in Television conference, but started off the evening by paying tribute to Lia Van Leer, a pioneer of the Israeli film industry who died that morning at the age of 90.
The Intv Conference, a confab that brings together execs from across the globe for lectures, interviews and chats on the changing face of television, opened with a festive cocktail party and Israel’s premiere screening of the first episode of USA’s “Dig,” a Keshet-developed miniseries that bowed on U.S. screens on March 5.
Keshet CEO Avi Nir opened the evening remarks by saying that Van Leer, who founded cinematheques across Israel and for decades made an indelible mark on its film culture, would have been delighted to see the packed hall of attendees.
“She was a pioneer »
- Debra Kamin
What if you could somehow combine The Walking Dead and Homeland together into one show? Well, while that’s not exactly what’s happening here, USA Network has ordered a pilot for Falling Water, a new thriller that is executive produced by The Walking Dead‘s Gale Anne Hurd, the late Emmy Award-winning Henry Bromell (Homeland), and Blake Masters (Brotherhood). “People have always been fascinated by the subconscious and Falling Water explores that topic in very unique and unexpected ways,” USA Network Evp Jackie de Crinis said in a statement. “In this story, the immensely talented and prolific storytellers, Blake and Henry, have created an innovative thriller and compelling vehicle to bring the subject of dreams to television.” The potential series, which was co-created by Masters and Bromell (who passed away in 2013), is said to be “a mind-bending thriller that intersects reality and unconscious thoughts, as three unrelated people slowly »
- Chris King
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