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Vinessa Shaw (Vegas, 3:10 To Yuma) has signed on for a season-long arc on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. (Spoiler Alert!) Shaw will play Kate, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The Boston Globe who is writing a book on Sully (James Woods’ character from last season) and comes to L.A. to investigate his death. She joins recently cast Hank Azaria and Sherilyn Fenn in the upcoming second season. Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as La’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. Shaw is repped by ICM partners, Thruline Entertainment and attorney Gretchen Rush. Jamie McShane (Southland) has joined the cast of Netflix’s psychological thriller series Zkz from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. Starring Sissy Spacek, Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn and Linda Cardellini, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
TNT's next crime drama, "Murder in the First," brings back producer Steven Bochco while moving into brand-new territory with a full-season murder mystery. The cast and producers presented the upcoming show at the 2014 Television Critics Association on Friday (Jan. 10).
"Murder in the First" follows San Francisco homicide detectives Terry English (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) during the investigation of a drug-related murder that somehow connects to a high-powered CEO in Silicon Valley.
Set to air in the summer of 2014, "Murder in the First" will comprise only 10 episodes and will focus on a single crime -- think "The Killing," only with a solution to the crime and less rain. Bochco explained how the shorter season may be essential for making the full-season crime show work.
"You're really struggling to make every episode in the service to the overall story," he says of his old standard of 20-26 episodes per season. »
TNT‘s new Steven Bochco drama Murder In The First will follow a single case across an entire season. So too did Bochco’s short-lived mid-1990s drama Murder One for ABC. “When we did Murder One, we were halfway through [the first season of 23 episodes] and I didn’t know how it was going to end, which was a little intense,” Bochco told TV critics today at the TCA Winter Press Tour. He also noted: “And over that many episodes you really struggling to make every hour sustain itself in the service of a single storyline. Twelve episodes seems to me to be an ideal length for this format and it really eliminates the necessity of filler. It also gives us much more time to think about what we’re doing and to craft our scripts…It’s all around a much nicer way to work.” The new drama centers on San Francisco homicide »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
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