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TV News: Taye Diggs Joins ‘Empire,’ ‘Gotham’ Casts Mad Hatter

TV News: Taye Diggs Joins ‘Empire,’ ‘Gotham’ Casts Mad Hatter
Fox has cast “Walking Dead” alum Benedict Samuel for Season 3 of “Gotham,” Taye Diggs joins the third season of “Empire” and more in Monday’s TV News Roundup.

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The Walking Dead’s” Benedict Samuel will join DC Comics-inspired series “Gotham” as Mad Hatter, aka Jervis Tetch, a brilliant hypnotist on the verge of insanity. According to the character description, Tetch arrives in Gotham with an unwavering desire to find his sister, Alice, a young woman who went missing in the city years ago. It is anyone’s guess just how far down the rabbit hole he’s willing to go in order to find her. “Gotham” Season 3 will premiere Monday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

Taye Diggs has been signed for a recurring role on the Fox’s “Empire.” His character, Harvard Law graduate Angelo Dubois, comes from a wealthy background, but is more concerned with local politics and community issues than making a
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Fremantle Italia’s Business Model Focuses on Format, Puts Corporate Sponsorship Into Budget Mix

Fremantle Italia’s Business Model Focuses on Format, Puts Corporate Sponsorship Into Budget Mix
The boldest new format that FremantleMedia will be hawking at Mip is Italy’s “Masterpiece,” touted as the world’s first talent show for wannabe writers. Perhaps more important, “Masterpiece” stems from changes under way at Fremantle’s growing Italo outpost.

Before being rebranded in 2010 as FremantleMedia Italia, the company, then called Grundy, was known for producing long-running Italian soap “Un posto al sole” and police procedural “La squadra.”

Over the past three years, Fremantle Italia topper Lorenzo Mieli has shifted the company’s focus to formats, and developed a business model in which sponsors are becoming an integral part of the production process — on original productions as well as advertiser-funded adapted shows like “The X Factor,” “Italia’s Got Talent,” “Project Runway” and the upcoming Italo version of “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist,” now in advanced development (although Fremantle Italia is mum on possible underwriters). Among “Masterpiece
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MonsterPants' Chapter Four Available Now; Chapter Seven Is Next on the Horizon

We first heard about "Chapter Four," the first installment of a ten-part dark science fiction thriller web series from James Felix McKenney, last June; and now that it's available for download, we have a look at the trailer and word of the next segment: "Chapter Seven."

From the Press Release:

In the tradition of the critically acclaimed feature film Automatons comes MonsterPants' latest retro science fiction project, "Chapter Four."

The first episode in a proposed ten-part micro-budget web serial, "Chapter Four" stars musician, filmmaker, artist, and author Aurelio Voltaire, actress Mizuo Peck (Night at the Museum 1 & 2), actor Matt Huffman (Satan Hates You), and artist and television personality The Sucklord (Bravo TV's "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist"). The project's writer and director is genre-bending Diy filmmaker James Felix McKenney (Hypothermia, Satan Hates You), who is co-producing the series with Lisa Wisely of The Work Room. Eric Branco (Hypothermia,
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MonsterPants Announces New Ten-Part Online Serial to Begin with Chapter Four

Word on a new project from MonsterPants, the New York-based, do-it-yourself non-studio behind such films as Satan Hates You and Hypothermia, landed in our inbox this week; and it's so unique and intriguing we just had to share!

From the Press Release:

MonsterPants is proud to announce its latest film project, "Chapter Four," the first episode in a ten-part online serial written and directed by Diy auteur James Felix McKenney (Automatons, Hypothermia). For now, the name of the entire serial is to remain a mystery. Each episode of this dark science fiction thriller will carry its own title, simply that of the number of the chapter.

McKenney explains, "I want to capture that pre-Internet, broadcast television feeling of discovery, where you would be flipping through television channels and stumble across a movie or a TV series in mid-story and get sucked in. During those times you couldn't go back and see what you missed,
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Holly Cara Price: Rubbernecking's Year in Television 2011

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Holly Cara Price: Rubbernecking's Year in Television 2011
As 2011 swings around to its inevitable conclusion, the Rubbernecker feels the need (okay, you can call it an addiction) to fete this year's TV glories and gories. And there were quite a few of each. As you may know I have a fondness for the ticky-tacky known as Reality Television, I so love the term because it's so not anyone's reality I've ever known. So this recap will examine first the ridiculous... then the sublime.

Best Reality Show Of 2011 (and it is, actually, a Reality Show)

Hands down, this would be the Gop debates we've had occasion to scope in the latter part of the annum. I mean, what can one say? This has been such a delicious treat! And it's only getting more interesting as the wheat separates from the chaff. Only there really is no wheat amongst this motley crew... just chaff. I'll see you in Iowa next
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Bravo Sets Return for Work of Art, Reveals Cast

Bravo has set the premiere date for the second season of the Sarah Jessica Parker-produced Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.

The show returns on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 9/8c and pits 14 up-and-coming artists against each other as they battle for $100,000 and a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum. China Chow will host, Bill Powers and Jerry Saltz return as judges and world-renowned auctioneer Simon de Pury will serve as a mentor.

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'Work of Art' returns to Bravo in October

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'Work of Art' returns to Bravo in October
Psyched for another season of subjective flash analysis of modern art? Bravo's got you covered starting this October.   Bravo announced on Thursday (August 25) that "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" will return for its second season on Wednesday, October 12 at 9 p.m.    The series will feature 14 budding artists living in New York City and competing for a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum and a $100,000 prize. Executive produced by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves, plus Sarah Jessica Parker and Alison Benson of Pretty Matches, "Work of Art" has rounded up a...
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'Work of Art' brings back the Bravo magic of 'Project Runway'

When Bravo announced plans for an art-based reality competition, it seemed they were trying to squeeze more blood from a stone that dried up sometime after the first season of "Shear Genius" and well before "Launch My Line."

But "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" ended up being one of the most unique offerings the network has put out in years, highlighting an eccentric niche of professionals and pushing them into situations where they could create thoughtful and diverse work -- a lot like the show that spawned it.

"Work of Art" captures the same excitement as the first season of "Project Runway," introducing a community foreign to most viewers and broadening their cultural perspective because of it. Like its predecessor, it even showcases work in a way that didn't leave us feeling as though we weren't experiencing the full effect. (Nothing but love for "Top Chef," but cooking
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Work of Art is a Work of Art

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Last week Magical Elves, the geniuses behind Project Runway and Top Chef, joined up with Sarah Jessica Parker's production company Pretty Matches to give us another brilliant reality competition show—Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.

It's the same formula as the other shows, but this time painters, sculptors, performance artists, and photographers are competing for the grand prize. The model for those who don't know, put twelve artists in a room together, assign ridiculously difficult challenges that test their creativity and stamina, and see who rises to the top. The winner will get $100,000 and a private showing at the prestigious Brooklyn Museum.

They have a Tim Gunn-like mentor in art auctioneer Simon du Pury and a Heidi Klum-esque host in China Chow. Three judges—Bill Powers (a New York Gallery owner), Jerry Saltz (senior art critic for New York Magazine), and
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