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“Four Stars,” a family military drama, has scored a pilot order at CBS, Variety has learned. The potential series hails from scribe Becky Mode who will exec produce with Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Rj Cutler, who is attached to direct the pilot.
“Four Stars” follows two powerful rival families in the military community of Tampa, Florida, who make decisions at the highest levels in the interest of national security.
CBS Television Studios, where Timberman and Beverly are under an overall deal, will produce.
Mode’s credits include “A Gifted Man,” “Smash” and “The Playboy Club.” She was a staff writer on “Cosby.” Cutler’s credits include “Nashville” and the film “If I Stay,” which he helmed. He also directed the “Vogue” documentary “The September Issue.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
CBS has handed out a pilot order to military drama “Four Stars” from writer Becky Mode. The pilot revolves around two powerful rival families in the military community of Tampa, Florida make decisions at the highest levels in the interest of national security. Documentarian R.J. Cutler will executive produce and direct the hourlong drama from CBS Television Studios. Mode, whose previous credits include “Smash” and “The Playboy Club,” wrote the pilot and will executive produce. Also read: Tony Shalhoub Joins CBS Comedy 'BrainDead' Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly will also serve as executive producers for Timberman/Beverly Productions. Among the network’s other drama pilots are. »
- Reid Nakamura
Emory Cohen was a familiar supporting face in movies like "The Place Beyond the Pines" and shows such as NBC's "Smash," but he finally arrived with all the breakout force of a leading man this awards season in the Oscar darling "Brooklyn." Wearing his heart on his sleeve with swoon-worthy charisma, Cohen turned the romantic Tony into a heartbreaker the likes of which Hollywood rarely sees these days. Fortunately, Cohen's career is now taking off, and next up is the lead role in Rachel Winter's criminal youth drama, "Stealing Cars." The official synopsis reads: "Billy Wyatt (Cohen) is a young man with tremendous promise, but a troubled past leads him to the Burnsville Camp for Boys. Billy must navigate his way through dangerous inmates and a cruel and punishing staff, but during it all, he learns to inspire others and find out the truth about himself in the process. »
- Zack Sharf
RelatedPerson of Interest Will Air This Spring, CBS Boss Promises
The Jan. 18 installment will find Team Scorpion traveling to Africa, when they start to suspect that a dictator intends to use a deadly World War II-era weapon of mass destruction.
But when their mission goes south — as it always does — Paige comes up with the »
NBC has set its sights on “Hairspray” as its live musical production for 2016. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt broke the news Wednesday morning at his Television Critics Association press tour presentation in Pasadena, Calif.
“Hairspray” will again by exec produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron who also produced the 2007 movie musical rendition of the 1988 John Waters pic about integration of black and white hoofers on a Baltimore TV dance show in 1962. Zadan and Meron have shepherded NBC’s past three live musicals, scoring last month with the staging of “The Wiz Live.”
NBC has been sorting out the rights issues to the musical and 2007 movie with Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, which released the tuner starring Zac Efron, John Travolta, Nikki Blonsky, Queen Latifah and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Greenblatt didn’t have many more details to share about the project. He expects producers to hold open auditions to search »
- Cynthia Littleton
Winners for People's Choice Awards 2016 were announced during a live broadcast hosted by Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, January 6th (9:00 Pm-11:00 Pm, Et/delayed Pt) on the CBS Television Network. Furious 7 took top honors for "Favorite Movie," accepted by star Vin Diesel, while Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson and Melissa McCarthy were among the big acting winners in film. In the TV categories, The Big Bang Theory took home "Favorite Network TV Comedy" for the 4th consecutive year, while its star, Jim Parsons, nabbed "Favorite Comedic TV Actor." Grey's Anatomy scored "Favorite Network TV Drama" and Ellen Pompeo was chosen as "Favorite Dramatic TV Actress." In music, Shawn Mendes was on hand to accept the award for "Favorite Breakout Artist" and perform with Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony, and Jason Derulo took the stage to perform a medley of his hits. »
Award season has officially arrived, people! The People's Choice Awards have concluded. Tons of talented people were nominated, but who went home with shiny new trophies? Melissa McCarthy, Chris Hemsworth, and Shawn Mendes were all big winners, along with the casts of Grey's Anatomy and Furious 7. Ellen DeGeneres even got a special humanitarian award! Take a look below to see who won. Movies Favorite Movie Furious 7 Favorite Movie Actor Channing Tatum Favorite Movie Actress Sandra Bullock Favorite Action Movie Furious 7 Favorite Action Movie Actor Chris Hemsworth Favorite Action Movie Actress Shailene Woodley Favorite Comedic Movie Pitch Perfect 2 Favorite Comedic Movie Actor Kevin Hart Favorite Comedic Movie Actress Melissa McCarthy Favorite Dramatic Movie The Martian Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor Johnny Depp Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress Dakota Johnson Favorite Family Movie Minions Favorite Thriller Movie Taken 3 Favorite Animated Movie Voice Selena Gomez TV Favorite TV Show The Big Bang Theory »
- Maggie Pehanick
James Wan’s box office juggernaut Furious 7 emerged as the big winner from last night’s People’s Choice Awards 2016, nabbing two prizes across the Favorite Movie and Favorite Action Movie categories. It brings closure to a remarkable year for Universal’s petrolhead franchise, which is now eyeing a production start in Cuba ahead of F. Gary Gray’s 2017 entry into the series.
Beyond that, the other success story was that of The Big Bang Theory. Continuing to pull in the big numbers even after nine seasons, Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady’s beloved sitcom took home the Favorite TV Show and Favorite Network TV Comedy gongs, while Jim Parsons – who plays the incomparable Sheldon Cooper – got the nod for Favorite Comedic TV Actor. Remaining with the big winners for the time being and Melissa McCarthy stole the show across both mediums, earning Favorite Comedic Movie Actress and Favorite Comedic TV Actress. »
- Michael Briers
Why does it never fail to water our eyes when Vin Diesel honors Paul Walker? He did it again last night at the People's Choice Awards, when giving a lengthy acceptance speech for "Furious 7," which won two awards. Vin name dropped the late actor, whom he has called his brother, and at the end of the speech he sang a verse from the film's end song, "See You Again."
Here's his full speech:
— People's Choice (@peopleschoice) January 7, 2016
The PCAs are sort of the start of awards season, but things don't really kick off until this Sunday's Golden Globes. There was a stage-crasher promoting a new album (that's him below), and Dakota Johnson talked about her boobs, but otherwise the 2016 PCAs just stuck with the tradition of honoring celebs »
- Gina Carbone
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