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News from all over TV:
- The Starz adaptation of "Outlander" has added Simon Callow ("Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Doctor Who") to its cast. He'll play the Duke of Sandringham, an "opulent and flamboyant" nobleman who maintains his hold on power through a variety of alliances. "Outlander," an adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's novels, comes to Starz in 2014.
- "Mob City" drew a smallish mob of viewers to TNT Wednesday night (Dec. 4). The premiere of TNT's miniseries averaged 2.3 million people, below the typical audience for the channel's other original series.
When does Banshee return? Is True Blood ending? How about Eastbound & Down? Has The Newsroom been renewed for season three? When is Episodes coming back? How about Ray Donovan?
Below, you’ll find a list of HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Showtime’s recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows and their current status. To see a series’ ratings and how many episodes have aired (if any), click the links in the middle column (where available).
Shows covered include: Black Sails, Da Vinci's Demons, Magic City, Marco Polo, Outlander, Power, Spartacus, The White Queen, The Big C, The Borgias, Californication, Dexter, Episodes, Homeland, House of Lies, Masters of Sex, Next Stop for Charlie, Nurse Jackie, Penny Dreadful, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Web Therapy, Boardwalk Empire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened, Family Tree, Game of Thrones, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Ja'mie: Private School Girl, Life's Too Short, Looking, The »
Exclusive: Esai Morales is set to co-star in The Brink, HBO’s pilot directed by Jay Roach from a script by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib and exec produced by Jerry Weintraub. The Brink is an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Tim Robbins); Alex Coppins (Jack Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Callahan (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. Morales will play Julian Navarro, the President of the United States. While the U.S. is yet to elect a Hispanic president, that has been a popular trend on TV that has included Jimmy Smits’ Matt Santos on The West Wing and Blair Underwood’s Elias Martinez on The Event. Morales, who co-starred on Starz’s Magic City, recently wrapped a supporting role in the feature La Vida Robot »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Since Frank Darabont's much-discussed break-up with AMC over The Walking Dead, fans have continued to keep a close eye to where the producer and showrunner would land next. It didn't take long for him to strike a deal with TNT to create and develop a series for them based on John Buntin's book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City, now called Mob City (formerly L.A. Noir and Lost Angels), which chronicles the true story of the ongoing battle between the police and the mob in the 1940s. Hit the jump for more on the series, and why it might succeed where other mob shows have failed. The mob, especially early to mid-century operations, has been well-chronicled in recent years on TV, to questionable result. CBS's Vegas was an admirable offering about white hats and black hats in a 1960s struggle for the town, »
- Allison Keene
Starz is finally bringing its authenticated video service to Microsoft’s Xbox — but not yet to the latest generation of the console.
The premium cabler’s TV Everywhere service for subscribers, Starz Play, is now available for the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system for no extra charge to Xbox Live Gold members.
Starz said it is developing an app for Xbox One — which Microsoft launched Nov. 22 — expected to be available sometime next year. The company also is developing support for its other authenticated online services, Encore Play and MoviePlex Play, slated for the first half of 2014.
Starz is still playing catch-up to HBO, which got started on its TV Everywhere strategy two and half years earlier. HBO, it’s worth noting, does not have an app for Xbox One yet; it introduced one for Xbox 360 in March 2012.
See Also: Microsoft Ready to Fill Xbox One Screen With Apps Upon Launch
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- Todd Spangler
Is the Starz Network on a par with HBO? Judging by the American Society of Cinematographers’ TV nominations for its 28th annual kudofest, visually, at least, the decade-old premium cabler is serving up some tasty originals, with three noms to match HBO’s total.
Starz Net was represented by episodes of “Magic City” (shot by d.p. Steven Bernstein) in the one-hour episodic category, as well as two in the TV movie/mini-series column: “The White Queen” (David Luther) and “Dancing on the Edge” (Ashley Rowe).
Also vying for one-hour episodic are David Franco, Jonathan Freeman and Anette Haellmigk for HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and two different episodes of “Game of Thrones,” respectively. Pierre Gill (Showtime’s “The Borgias”), David Greene (CW’s “Beauty and the Beast”), Kramer Morgenthau (Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow”) and Ousama Rawi (NBC’s “Dracula”).
- Steve Chagollan
HBO and Starz garnered three nominations each as the American Society of Cinematographers announced its TV nominees for the Asc Awards today. Winners will be announced at the 28th Asc Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography set for February 1 at Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby Ballroom. Here are the noms: One-Hour Episodic Television Series Steven Bernstein, Asc for Starz Network’s Magic City (“The Sins of the Father”) David Franco for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (“Erlkönig”) Jonathan Freeman, Asc for HBO’s Game of Thrones (“Valar Dohaeris”) Pierre Gill, Csc for Showtime’s The Borgias (“The Purge”) David Greene, Csc for The CW’s Beauty And the Beast (“Tough Love”) Anette Haellmigk for HBO’s Game Of Thrones (“Kissed by Fire”) Kramer Morgenthau, Asc for Fox’s Sleepy Hollow (“Pilot”) Ousama Rawi, Bsc, Csc for NBC’s Dracula (“The Blood is the Life”) Half-Hour Episodic Series Peter Levy, Acs, Asc for »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The American Society of Cinematographers has revealed the television nominees for its 28th annual Outstanding Achievement Awards, which will be held Feb. 1, 2014 at the Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby Ballroom. The nominees in the category for one-hour episodic television series including a pair from Game of Thrones: Jonathan Freeman for the episode “Valar Dohaeris” and Anette Haellmigk for “Kissed by Fire.” Nominees also include Steven Bernstein for Magic City (“The Sins of the Father”), David Franco for Boardwalk Empire (“Erlkönig”), Pierre Gill for The Borgias (“The Purge”), David Greene for Beauty and the Beast (“Tough Love”), Kramer
- Carolyn Giardina
Latest additions: Necessary Roughness (USA), The Jeselnik Offensive (Comedy Central), The Client List (Lifetime), Figure It Out (Nickelodeon), The Cleveland Show (Fox), Hoarders (A&Amp;E), Army Wives (Lifetime), King & Maxwell (TNT), Copper (BBC America), What Would Ryan Lochte Do? (E!), The Next List (CNN), The Killing (AMC), The Glades (A&Amp;E), Happily Divorced (TV Land), The White Queen (Starz), The Looney Tunes Show (Cartoon Network), Next Caller (NBC), Wendell & Vinnie (Nickelodeon), Big Time Rush (Nickelodeon), Friend Me (CBS), Brooklyn Da (CBS), and Magic City (Starz).
The networks will keep cancelling TV shows just as surely as they'll keep introducing new ones. Below is the list of TV series that will or have ended during the 2012-13 season. In short, they won't be back for 2013-14.
This list will be updated as the season progresses so feel free to bookmark and check back. »
• Will Smith (After Earth) will star in City That Sailed for 20th Century Fox. Shawn Levy (The Internship) will develop and direct the film about a man and his daughter on the island of Manhattan after it breaks loose into the Atlantic Ocean. Smith has been rumored for the film for a couple of years but this marks his official attachment. Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun) is writing the script with Smith producing via Overbrook Entertainment. (Deadline)
- Jake Perlman
Shoot is starting this week in Los Angeles.
“Hot” is a look at an apocalyptic future Los Angeles torn apart by a dangerous virus, most of its victims left unconscious to die slowly. Strait and Knighton portray life-long best friends holed up in an ostentatious penthouse with Strait’s character spending his days caring for his comatose fiancee (Siegel).
- Dave McNary
Zoinks, Zoe! In “The Axeman Cometh” episode of American Horror Story: Coven, the teenage witch not only rings up a long-dead serial killer and reunites with FrankenKyle, she also recruits Misty to resurrect Madison. Does the starlet make a comeback? Read on…
Hatchet Job | After we rewind to the murder of sax-playing serial killer the Axeman (Magic City’s Danny Huston) at the hands of Miss Robichaux’s class of 1919 (including Newsroom’s Grace Gummer), Zoe uses her predecessors’ Ouija board to ask the spirit world to help her locate Madison. »
- Andy Patrick
November 5th new Blu-ray releases include White House Down, Grown Ups 2, Parkland, Lovelace, Passion, Girl Most Likely and Syrup. Fans can also return to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Extended Edition) and rediscover the romance with Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga. TV on Blu-ray titles include Mad Men: Season Six, Doctor Who: Series 1-7 (Limited Edition Blu-ray Giftset), Magic City: The Complete Second Season, Under the Dome, Weeds: Complete Collection and Farscape: Complete Series. Catalog Blu-ray titles include The Right Stuff, The Best Years of Our Lives, Bishop's Wife, Giant, Christmas Story: 30th Anniversary, Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, Scrooged: 25th Anniversary, My Name is Nobody (40th Anniversary), Elf: 10th Anniversary, Three Faces »
- Patrick Luce
Owen Wilson is coming to Starz. Variety reports that Starz is developing “WonderWorld,” an hourlong drama with Owen Wilson, Rene Balcer, Fred Berner and Regina Lee. The drama is set in the 1980s and centers on two FBI agents as they infiltrate the shady porn industry. Criminals are pursued by a pair of FBI agents, who lead an undercover operation dead set to expose the mobsters hiding behind the curtain of ’80s porn. Balcer (“Law & Order”) is the showrunner on the drama, and serve as executive producer with Wilson and Berner. Will it fill the void of cancelled Magic City? Of course not. »
- April Neale
Starz has picked up WonderWorld, a new series about the “Mob-controlled porn industry of the 1980s,” and a drama that brings together all of Starz’s interests—period settings, the mafia, ample opportunity for nudity—in one magic place. Not a Magic City, however, as that series recently ended its two-season run, leaving executive producer Fred Berner scrambling to reteam with his old Law And Order colleague Rene Balcer and quickly come up with some other show where criminals in vintage suits make shady deals, and occasionally you see some ass. In WonderWorld, those criminals are pursued by a pair »
From Anchor Bay Entertainment, Sneak Peek creator Mitch Glazer's circa 1959, Miami-set gangster TV series, "Magic City: The Complete Second Season", available on a three-disc Starz Originals Blu-ray and DVD, November 5, 2013, starring Danny Huston,Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Kelly Lynch, Jessica Marais and James Caan.
"...'Ike Evans' risks everything in a life and death battle to rid his 'Miramar Playa Hotel' of the mob and 'Ben The Butcher Diamond'.
"Ike’s dangerous plan to defeat Ben takes Ike from Havana’s glamorous casinos to dealings with a new devil - Ben’s boss in the 'Chicago Outfit'.
"Meanwhile Ike’s wife 'Vera' gets a second chance at her former dancing glory, while sons 'Stevie' and 'Danny' drift farther from Ike - Stevie towards the power and rewards of Ben’s dark world, Danny into the moral righteousness of State’s Attorney 'Jack Klein'.
"Changes in Castro »
- Michael Stevens
There’s a new Christian Grey in town. Jamie Dornan, best known for his role as Sheriff Graham Humbert in the ABC series Once Upon A Time, has been cast as Charlie Hunnam’s replacement in the upcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.
Around two weeks ago, Universal and Focus ran into some trouble when Hunnam left the project. It’s being reported that Dornan was among the actors shortlisted for the part, along with Theo James (Divergent), Christian Cooke (Magic City), Scott Eastwood (Chicago Fire) and True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard, who many thought was the top choice.
Hunnam left the project a couple of week ago due to scheduling conflicts, though we later heard that the real reason for his departure was that he wasn’t being paid enough. »
- Laura Frances
Starz has upped Melissa Harper and Richter Hartig to senior vice presidents in original programming production, it was announced today. Harper will serve as senior veep of production, and Hartig senior v.p. of original programming production finance.
“Melissa and Richter have accomplished a great deal as the volume and complexity of our projects has increased,” said Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik. “Melissa has become a recognized leader in domestic and international production. She has a keen eye for details and nuances when it comes to production and her expertise has grown to include sophisticated production planning, VFX and stunts. Richter does equally important work for us as a financial whiz, managing domestic and international tax incentives and currency exchange rates valuation analytics to ensure we stay within our budgetary parameters. He is a trusted leader on my team in working with the senior Finance group.”
Harper’s recent work »
- AJ Marechal
Melissa Harper and Richter Hartig have been promoted from VP level to Senior Vice Presidents in Original Programming Production at Starz. Their appointments were announced today by Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik. Both have been credited with a dramatic increase in original programming production in their roles as Vps and will continue to expand their responsibilities as the slate continues to grow. Harper joined Starz in 2006 as part of the Idt Entertainment acquisition and subsequent creation of Starz Media. There she was a part of the live action department providing production support and management on a slate of movies and series for other networks including the Syfy, Lifetime, and IFC. Since then Harper has provided oversight for the production and delivery of recent series such as Boss, Spartacus, Magic City, Da Vinci’s Demons, The White Queen, and the upcoming Starz original series Black Sails, Power, and Outlander Hartig also »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Another day, another name being approached to play Christian Grey.With producers scrambling to replace Charlie Hunnam in the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" adaptation, a legendary actor's son is the latest to be approached for the role.Scott Eastwood, the very sexy 27-year-old son of Clint Eastwood, has been courted to play the kinky millionaire. According to JustJared, he is "one of five actors" being considered for the role.As we previously reported, "True Blood" hunk Alexander Skarsgard, former Calvin Klein model Jamie Dornan, "Divergent" star Theo James and "Magic City" hottie Christian Cooke are also reportedly in the running.While we haven't seen Scott act, we wouldn't mind seeing more of that body on the big screen.Who do you think should take over the role? Sound off below! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
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