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Under the pact, Savage will write, produce and direct projects for the studio, though acting isn’t off the table. The deal is for an initial two years, with an option to extend for another 12 months.
Savage most recently co-starred with Rob Lowe on “The Grinder” on Fox, which was produced by 20th Century Fox TV. Prior to being cast in “The Grinder,” Savage had taken a lengthy hiatus from acting to focus on directing and producing.
With “The Grinder” cancelled after one season, the deal will keep Savage in the Fox family. “Fred is quite simply one of the most talented, creative forces out there, he can literally do it all,” 20th president of creative services Jonnie Davis said in a statement. “While that show sadly ended, we knew we wanted to stay in business with Fred for the long haul »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Once again, Marvel delivered the goods with an excellent first season for Jessica Jones and a phenomenal second season of Daredevil. While fans would love to get their hands on Blu-ray & DVD copies of both seasons, it seems like those are still on the backburner for the time being. What we do have though is details on soundtrack albums for both seasons. Over the weekend Hollywood Records officially released the Original Soundtrack Album for Daredevil Season 2, which features original compositions from composer John Paesano (The Maze Runner trilogy). The album is currently available to preview and/or purchase on Amazon & iTunes. Check out the track list below: 1. Main Title – Braden Kimball and John Paesano (1:03) 2. Devil of Hell’s Kitchen (2:47) 3. The Punisher (4:19) 4. Stairway to Hell (3:25) 5. Raindrops (3:03) 6. Sparring (2:51) 7. Playing House (1:41) 8. Dripping Chilis (3:47) 9. Ninjas! (3:47) 10. Cell Block D (4:19) 11. Black Sky (3:42) 12. The Diner (5: »
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Outlander, Match Game, 12 Monkeys and Suits!
1 | On Girl Meets World, did Shawn and Katy’s engagement feel rushed given that we’ve never even seen them on a date? Or is that just something we have to accept if Rider Strong is only appearing in a couple of episodes per season?
RelatedOutlander Ep Talks Season 2 Finale’s Heartbreaking Goodbye, Roger/Bree and Season 3 (Hello, Print Shop!)
2 | Were you surprised that Outlander was able »
On July 1, my independently produced Lgbt series “EastSiders” made its debut on Netflix. This is the first time in the series’ four-year history that it has been made available internationally, with subtitles in more than a dozen languages. It’s been a long road from YouTube to Netflix, and looking back there were several key decisions we made that helped our show compete in an increasingly crowded space.
I wish I could say that I predicted this, that it was all part of some master plan, but the truth is I had no idea a series could have as many lives as “EastSiders” has had. My goals when I created the show were simple; I wanted to write, direct and star in a project and see it through to completion, because I had been involved in so many micro budget projects that never saw the light of day. I also »
- Kit Williamson
The time traveling chess match between James Cole and the Army of the 12 Monkeys will continue next year, as Syfy has renewed 12 Monkeys for a 10-episode third season:
Press Release: Los Angeles – June 29, 2016 – Syfy has renewed its critically acclaimed drama series 12 Monkeys for a 10-episode Season 3 order, with new episodes expected to air in 2017. From Universal Cable Productions, 12 Monkeys is co-created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (“Nikita”) and is based on the 1995 Oscar® nominated and Golden Globe-winning film of the same name. Matalas serves as the showrunner and executive producer. Charles Roven (The Dark Knight trilogy, “Suicide Squad”) who produced the original film, and Richard Suckle (“Suicide Squad”, “American Hustle”) also serve as executive producers. Season 2 of the series currently airs on Monday nights at 9/8 c on Syfy.
“In two short seasons, 12 Monkeys has become a cult favorite series,” said Chris Mc Cumber, President, Entertainment Networks. “Terry and the »
- Derek Anderson
A24 (The Carmichael Show, Playing House) will produce and fully finance action comedy series Iron Fisting. Produced with Channing Tatum's Free Association, the show, which will film a full season, was created by Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka. They will serve as writers and will executive producer alongside Rhys Thomas who will direct. The series will be produced independently and shopped to Us networks afterwords. Iron Fisting is being done as a fake Romanian cop show… »
Universal Cable Productions has signed the Upright Citizens Brigade to a first-look production deal. The agreement is the first such for the comedy troupe founded by in 1990 by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. Universal Cable Productions will assist Ucb in developing scripted programming for NBCUniversal’s cable networks as well as other outlets.
“Ucb is comprised of a group of amazingly talented people who are fearless when it comes to taking comedic risks,” said Dawn Olmstead, executive vice president, development at Universal Cable Productions. “This partnership is a perfect fit for the studio because it allows us to incubate fresh ideas and make our mark in the comedy space by tapping into Ucb’s unique point of view. We’re thrilled to be working with them.”
“This collaboration with Universal Cable Productions provides us with the resources to execute ideas and cultivate new audiences across platforms,” said »
- Daniel Holloway
The race for the 2016 Emmys has officially begun. Voting for the TV Academy’s top honors is now open until June 27, and ballots for all categories are available for viewing.
We already knew about some of the season’s more unusual contenders — like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s joint submission as guest actress for hosting “Saturday Night Live,” and Johnny Depp’s bid for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie for “Funny Or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie.”
But Variety perused some of the top categories to find more inevitable oddities, including surprise inclusions (“Doctor Who”!) and exclusions (sorry, “Manhattan”).
• HBO is cutting it awfully close to the wire with the finales of three of their biggest Emmy favorite shows. The final episodes of the current seasons of “Game of Thrones,” “Silicon Valley,” and “Veep” all air June 26, roughly 24 hours before Emmy voting closes. »
- Geoff Berkshire
RelatedFall TV’s First Scoops: A Grey’s Baby, Vampire Diaries’ New Big Bad and More Early Intel From 18 Returning Series
“You know, it’s a bloodbath. As usual,” co-showrunner Jonah Nolan told me of Tuesday’s episode, which caps “five glorious seasons.” But it’s also the finale that was plotted out many years ago. »
We’re all familiar with the dangers of TV ‘shipping, but today, we’re putting down our swords to salute the greatest ‘ship of all: friendship.
From Grey’s Anatomy‘s Meredith and Alex to Game of Thrones‘ Jon and Sam, Team TVLine has assembled the definitive* list of the best duos currently residing on the small screen. Some are friends with benefits (we know what goes on during the Pretty Little Liars‘ sleepovers), while others are merely mistaken for lovers (not that the Playing House ladies wouldn’t »
At this point, the question isn’t whether Julia Louis-Dreyfus will score her fifth consecutive nomination for her role as President Selina Meyer on the HBO comedy “Veep,” but whether her winning streak will end. The actress has watched her character go from the titular vice president to leader of the free world, collecting a string of statues along the way. While Candice Bergen managed to score five wins for “Murphy Brown,” even she didn’t do it in a row.
But there are some new faces poised to take the prize this year, from Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) to Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”), who is on a hot streak herself. In addition, many actresses who have never scored a nom are coming off great second seasons, including Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) and Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat. »
- Variety Staff
The promos for this week’s Grey’s Anatomy sounded so dramatic that it seemed like a good idea to tune in with defibrillator paddles at the ready. But, when all was said and done, were you really shocked by the “one shocking hook-up” in Season 12’s penultimate episode? Did your jaw really hit the floor when you heard the “two jaw-dropping proposals”? Or were you more taken aback by what wasn’t in the previews? Let’s rewind, then we’ll discuss.
Playing House | First up in “At Last, »
De Crinis’ shift from her role as exec VP of original programming follows the restructuring that NBCU Cable Entertainment unveiled in February. As part of that shift, former Syfy and USA programming exec Bill McGoldrick was upped to an exec VP post overseeing scripted programming for four cablers: USA, Syfy, Bravo and E!
“I’m thrilled to join Universal Cable Productions and to continue to be an extension of the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment family,” said de Crinis. “I am so proud of the work we have done over the last 16 years at USA, but I have always wanted to produce my own projects. The time was finally right.”
During her long run at USA, de Crinis was a key member of the team »
- Cynthia Littleton
RelatedOne Day at a Time: Netflix Reboot Finds Its Schneider in Todd Grinnell
The comedienne cozies up to Brandon Routh and punches Dean Cain in the star-studded preview, which also features Lennon Parham (Playing House), Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory), Andy Daly (Review), Fred Melamed (Casual), Bridget Everett (Inside Amy Schumer), Ed Begley, Jr. (Better Call Saul), Sarah Silverman (Masters of Sex) and — whew! — Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
Per Netflix’s official logline, Lady Dynamite “tells »
In just a few short weeks, HBO's critically-acclaimed comedy series Silicon Valley will return for Season 3, but fans will also get to see two of the show's leading men on the big screen this summer. Focus Features has debuted a new red band trailer for the outrageous comedy Search Party, arriving in theaters, Digital HD and VOD on May 13. Silicon Valley stars Thomas Middleditch and T.J. Miller reunite for this comedy, starring alongside Adam Pally, which shows that you should think twice before visiting Mexico.
Wedding bells threaten to break up three best friends' long-running bromance, but they aren't going down without a fight in Search Party, the directing debut of screenwriter Scot Armstrong (The Hangover Part II, Old School). Convinced that his buddy Nardo (Thomas Middleditch) is making the mistake of a lifetime by marrying Tracy (Shannon Woodward), Jason (T.J. Miller) puts a dramatic end to their wedding. When »
The story follows a CIA officer as he attempts to find the sender of an encrypted message from one of Iran’s nuclear facilities. The novel by David Ignatius weaves a cat-and-mouse story around the CIA, the U.K. black ops units known as the Increment and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
“David Ignatius’ novel is a gripping, edge-of-your seat tale of deceit and revenge with fascinating characters and intricate landscapes,” said Dawn Olmstead, Ucp’s exec VP of development. “We look forward to collaborating with Gideon Raff and Hypnotic as we bring this highly suspenseful thriller to life on the small screen.”
Raff is working with Hypnotic partners Liman, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Nicholson will play Helen Torrance, a former big-city homicide detective who left her harrowing career to become a small-town sheriff and loving wife. However, when a gruesome crime occurs, she’s thrust back into the traumas of her past – just as she’s begun her hardest case yet: fostering a teenage boy.
Tyler Young has also joined the cast as a series regular, playing Helen’s foster son, Philip O’Brien, a sensitive yet tough teenager from the projects who has seen more pain than anyone ever should. He gets a shot to start over with Helen in an idyllic small town. There, Philip’s on the verge of falling in love with a boy from school, Lukas, when they witness a quadruple murder. Philip becomes more troubled than »
- Laura Prudom
In addition to starring in a Nick-heavy episode — in which members of Nick’s family (played by comedian Bill Burr and Playing House‘s Lennon Parham) pay him a visit for a very specific reason — Johnson also takes the reins behind the camera in his directorial debut.
In TVLine’s exclusive video above, he and the rest of the New Girl cast take us behind the scenes, »
Morgan (30 Rock) will develop and star in an untitled comedy pilot for FX Networks about a man adjusting to the modern world after spending 15 years behind bars. “Now, a man whose only expertise is making grilled cheese with an iron must navigate a modern world of political correctness, internet, and self-driving cars,” reads the official description.
RelatedPlaying House Renewed for Season 3
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