20 items from 2016
You won’t find it on the show’s IMDb page, but cocaine plays such a major role in HBO’s new ’70s drama Vinyl (premiering Feb. 14 at 9/8c) that its name ought to be wedged into the credits somewhere between Ray Romano and Olivia Wilde.
From the moment we meet Bobby Cannavale‘s Richie Finestra — the spiraling owner of the spiraling American Century record label — he’s got Peruvian dancing dust on the brain, and soon after, up his nose.
Richie is a man haunted by a horrible secret, »
Hands down the best thing about the short-lived “The Following” was actor James Purefoy so when we heard he’ll next be seen in SundanceTV’s adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard, we were pretty stoked. The series premieres on… Continue Reading →
The post Go Behind the Scenes of SundanceTV’s Hap and Leonard appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Debi Moore
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But whereas that 2000 film starred Jim Caviezel as a homicide detective who communicates with his long-dead firefighter father (Dennis Quaid) via a ham radio, the CW’s redo follows a female police detective who discovers she is able to speak via ham radio with her estranged father — who died 20 years prior and also was a detective. As they forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, »
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Using the book by Karl Alexander (as well as the 1979 Malcolm McDowell/Mary Steenburgen film) as a “starting point,” the prospective Warner Bros. TV drama will chronicle the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells and his Time Machine. (In the novel/movie, Wells was in pursuit of a Time Machine-commandeering Jack the Ripper.)
Just a week ago NBC ordered a pilot for Time, »
Reynolds previous writing credits include Dexter and The Following, while he also penned four episodes of Jessica Jones, including the season one finale, as well as serving as co-executive producer on all thirteen.
Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist. »
- Gary Collinson
Cherryvale Museum Collection
The 21st century has seen the concept of the serial killer achieve near mythical potency in popular culture. Never have they been more charismatic, more intelligent, artistic, even poetic. They’re played by the best and brightest of the acting community, seeking to make them more than human, their insanity recast as some form of super-sanity designed to mesh better with the hopeless, deviant mess that the human condition has become.
Mads Mikkelsen portrayed Hannibal Lecter as a Byronic, Luciferian creature, the Devil in an exquisitely tailored three-piece. Michael C. Hall’s Dexter Morgan is a ruggedly handsome killer-of-bad-men, the unsavoury aspects of the serial killer displaced onto his foes. James Purefoy played Joe Carroll, leader of The Following, as a hunky college poetry professor (and the show’s narrative was so clumsy that they actually had Carroll be a hunky college poetry professor before his capture »
- Ben Cooke
“Conviction” from Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios has landed a formal pilot order at ABC, Variety has learned. The legal drama hails from writer Liz Friedman (“Jessica Jones,” “Elementary”). Liz Friedlander (“Stalker,” “The Following”) will direct the pilot.
“Conviction” tells the story of Carter Morrison, the brilliant but rebel daughter of a former President, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along with her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts, work together to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.
Friedman, Friedlander, Gordon and Nicholas Pepper will all serve as exec producers.
While “Conviction” is in contention for a 2016-17 series order, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
ABC has given a pilot order to Conviction, a drama from Quantico executive producer Mark Gordon. Conviction was co-created by Liz Friedman (Elementary, Marvel's Jessica Jones), who wrote the script, and Liz Friedlander (The Following), who will direct the pilot. It tells the story of Carter Morrison, the brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former President, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles' newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She… »
Kevin Williamson is developing a paranormal drama for The CW. Per Deadline, the untitled project is "heating up for a pilot order." Reportedly, Williamson is writing and executive producing. Williamson's Stalker TV series was cancelled by CBS, after one season.
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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to "Equity," the first female-driven Wall Street drama. The movie stars Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad"), James Purefoy ("The Following"), Sarah Megan Thomas ("Backwards") and Alysia Reiner ("Orange is the New Black"). The film follows female investment banker Naomi Bishop as she navigates a world where big money and high-power is brutal and fierce. When a controversial Ipo threatens the delicate balance of power and confidentiality, Naomi finds herself swimming in a shark pool of politics and deception. With an aggressive prosecutor (Alysia Reiner) from her past on her heels, plus a strained relationship with her junior, Erin (Sarah Megan Thomas), Naomi is forced to reexamine her own ambitions and the cutthroat world in which she lives in, one where women have yet to break the glass ceiling. The film is directed by Meera Menon. Broad Street Pictures' Reiner and Thomas »
- Glen Yi
The film puts a female spin on “The Big Short” and “Margin Call” by focusing on a group of women caught up in the world of high finance. The movie centers on an investment banker (Anna Gunn) who gets entangled in a controversial public offering.
Fox wrote the story with Thomas and Reiner. Both women serve as producers.
The deal was negotiated on behalf of the producers by CAA. This is the second Sundance deal for Sony Pictures Classics. Last weekend, the indie label bought “Eat That Question – Frank Zappa in His Own Words,” a documentary about the iconoclastic musician. »
- Brent Lang
Now that a few days have passed since journalists and critics have decamped from Pasadena, Calif. for the annual two-week grind of Television Critics Association winter press tour, Variety‘s TV team has taken stock of the most noteworthy trends.
Sean Penn’s El Chapo interview grabbed headlines, as did his sitdown with Charlie Rose — along with any mention of Donald Trump, “Making A Murderer,” and unintended cast reunions. (No, the “Friends” cast is not getting back together.) But nothing occupied TCA as much as a report on Netflix’s ratings in a presentation by NBC research president Alan Wurtzel — which Netflix chief Ted Sarandos handily dismissed in his exec session as “remarkably inaccurate.”
And then, of course, there was all the usual chatter about “Peak TV,” which has now hit a high of 412 scripted series.
For those who didn’t make it to the Langham Hotel, here’s what »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Production on Wonder Woman has been under way since November, with most of the major cast members in place before principal photography commenced. There is one important character from the comic books that hasn't been cast, but now it seems that role has been filled. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Danish actress Connie Nielsen has signed on to portray Hippolyta, ruling Queen of the Amazonians and mother of Gal Gadot's title character.
No details were revealed about how she is involved in the story, but last year a rumor surfaced that Wonder Woman will be set in three different time periods and settings. One of these settings is Diana's homeland of Themyscira, and it is rumored that the Italy portion of the shoot will be used for the Themyscira scenes. It was also recently confirmed that another setting is World War I, with the last setting being present day, »
While it won't be long now until Wonder Woman makes her DC Cinematic Universe debut, let's not forget that we have an actual "Wonder Woman" moving making its way to theaters in the next year and a half or so. The past several weeks seem to have been a revolving door of actresses rumored to play the superheroine's mother. First it was Cate Blanchett who was rumored to take on the role of Hippolyta, and not long after that, Nicole Kidman was rumored to be taking on the role. Some also speculated that Robin Wright will be portraying the character, but now we know that such rumors were false.
The Hollywood Reporter had the exclusive report that Danish actress Connie Nielsen will indeed be playing the Amazonian queen Hippolyta in the film. While the actress is no stranger to American TV (she was in several episodes of "The Good Wife, »
- Joseph Medina
WB had no comment.
She joins Gal Gadot, who plays the superhero; Chris Pine, who portrays Steve Trevor; Danny Huston, Robin Wright, David Thewlis and Ewen Bremner. Pine recently said the movie is set during World War I.
Patty Jenkins will direct the film, which will be released on June 23, 2017.
The studio had originally sought Nicole Kidman for the role, but scheduling conflicts with her HBO show “Big Little Lies” forced her to pass on the project. Rumors had recently circulated about Wright’s role being rewritten to Hippolyta, but the studio kept Wright on »
- Justin Kroll
Joe Jonas‘ pop-disco group Dnce will make a special cameo appearance on Fox’s “Grease: Live.” Dnce, which formed in the summer of 2015, is fronted by Jonas and includes South Korean guitarist JinJoo, bassist and keyboardist Cole Whittle, and drummer Jack Lawless. The group will be featured in the iconic high school dance scene as Johnny Casino and the Gamblers. “Grease: Live” airs on Fox Jan. 31.
Ed Begley Jr. is set to join the second season of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” prequel, “Better Call Saul.” According to EW, Begley Jr. will appear in multiple episodes as a man named Clifford, an “authority figure who has the power to make many of Jimmy’s dreams come true, »
- Jacob Bryant
There’s a new order coming to The Vampire Diaries this season — but can its leader be trusted?
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Mouzam Makkar (The Following, American Horror Story) will recur as Alex, a “beautiful, charming and cocky researcher at the head of a mysterious organization,” TVLine has learned exclusively. Described as a “viper in sheep’s clothing,” she’ll make her first appearance in Episode 714.
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“She has ties to Enzo’s backstory,” executive producer Caroline Dries tells TVLine. »
Another day, another bit of news that's vague but it looks like a menacing organization is coming to The Vampire Diaries. The Vampire Diaries is no stranger to paranormal groups that have mysterious plans for Mystic Falls. There have been a number of witch covens, hunter groups and vampire families over the years and now there is going to be a new one.
The name of the organization is still left unknown. The name (and actress) of the leader of the next powerful group has been revealed. TVLine reports that The Following and American Horror Story alum, Mouzam Makkar will join the show as Alex.
Atop SundanceTV’s ambitious new lineup of programming debuting this spring is the darkly comic “Hap & Leonard,” starring James Purefoy (“The Following”) and Michael Kenneth Williams (“The Wire”) as two best friends whose relationship gets tested when a femme fatale played by Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”) re-enters their lives.
The chemistry between the stars was evident during their panel at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Calif. on Friday, as they recounted their (mis)adventures during the filming in Texas.
Trouble began from the first day, when they endured a massive tornado, which turned the sky green — and then dark at 4pm. While other shows in the area shot down, their production continued filming. “I’m from England! I like a soft drizzle,” said Purefoy, who plays Hap, Hendricks’ ex-husband who can’t resist her charms. “We had men with guns on the set just in case the gators ate us. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Just when you thought it was safe to disconnect your DVR, the scripted television landscape again becomes crowded with essential viewing material. With the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour upon us and kicking off Tuesday from the Langham hotel in Pasadena, Calif., Variety’s TV staff chronicles the programs it’s most looking forward to in 2016.
“American Crime” (ABC): Jan. 6
Coming off of a slew of Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for its freshman season, John Ridley’s dark ABC anthology is back with a new storyline and new characters set among a rattling high school male rape accusation. With strong, fresh cast members (“Falling Skies” alum Connor Jessup playing the victim) and the return of Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton and Regina King in all new roles, the critically acclaimed drama hopes to see bigger ratings than its first run, which garnered rave reviews across the board for »
- Variety Staff
20 items from 2016
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