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HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Pilot Casts Regina King, Don Johnson, Four Others

HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Pilot Casts Regina King, Don Johnson, Four Others
Damon Lindelof’s “Watchmen” pilot at HBO has set a number of actors in key roles, Variety has learned.

Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard will all appear in the series, with King in the lead role. King previously appeared on “The Leftovers,” the HBO drama series co-created by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based on Perrotta’s novel of the same name.

The exact details of their characters are being kept under wraps. Lindelof on Tuesday posted a letter to fans in which he laid out his vision for the series,
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'Watchmen': Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson to Star in Damon Lindelof's HBO Pilot

'Watchmen': Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson to Star in Damon Lindelof's HBO Pilot
A day after sharing a lengthy (and heartfelt) open letter about his approach to adapting Watchmen, Damon Lindelof and HBO have announced the star-studded cast of the drama pilot take on Alan Moore's beloved comic series.

The Leftovers grad Regina King will reunite with Lindelof on the HBO pilot and lead a cast that also includes Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman), Adelaide Clemens (Rectify) and Andrew Howard (Hatfields and McCoys).

Details about their respective characters are being kept under wraps.

Lindelof's take is ...
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The Best Limited Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The Best Limited Series of the 21st Century, Ranked
The limited series, formerly known as the miniseries, is the perfect hybrid beast between a movie and an ongoing TV series. A predetermined number of episodes allows enough freedom for more moving parts, intricate storytelling, and character depth. But the fact that the series will not return makes the narrative precious and should conclude in just the right way, even if that means in a deliberately open-ended fashion. The one-off nature of these makes them perfect for literary adaptations, epic events, and period pieces.

A new creature has entered the limited series bestiary though, and it is the anthology series. Ryan Murphy pretty much invented this, and it’s been messing with our definitions ever since. Because each season has its own contained story with characters specific to only that story, each season qualifies as its own limited series for the purposes of this list.

What doesn’t qualify? Those
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Nancy Dubuc Takes Over As Vice CEO At A Challenging Time — But At Least She Knows What She’s In For

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Nancy Dubuc Takes Over As Vice CEO At A Challenging Time — But At Least She Knows What She’s In For
Nancy Dubuc grew History Channel into a cable powerhouse, and has overseen A+E Networks’ stable of channels during the most tumultuous time in TV history. Now, she’s perhaps been given the biggest challenge of her career: Wrangling the wild culture of Vice, a company currently weathering several storms.

In particular, Vice has come under fire for creating a hostile work environment for women, which was the subject of a recent New York Times investigation. The company also recently missed its $805 million revenue target by $100 million.

As one of the most powerful women in the entertainment business, the arrival of Dubuc sends a clear message that Vice is looking to rebrand itself as an inclusive workplace. (The company has already formed a female-led advisory committee, and has promised a 50/50 male-female workforce split by 2020.)

Read More:Vice’s Shane Smith on Trying to Avoid the ‘Crack Cocaine’ of Donald Trump — IndieWire’s
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History, Jeremy Renner Developing Knights Templar Scripted Series

History, Jeremy Renner Developing Knights Templar Scripted Series
Continuing its move into more high-profile historical projects, History announced Monday that is developing “Knightfall,” a scripted series about the events surrounding the Friday the 13, 1307, Knights Templar burning at the stake.

Dirk Hoogstra, exec VP and g.m. of History and H2, made the announcement.

The series will be produced by A+E Studios in association with Midnight Radio and the Combine, Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield’s production company.

The series will be created and exec produced by Handfield, Renner and Richard Rayner of the Combine, and Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg representing Midnight Radio. Hoogstra, Russ McCarroll and Julian P. Hobbs will serve as executives in charge of production for History.

History struck gold with scripted series in 2012 when it released “Hatfields & McCoys,” which garnered huge ratings and 16 Emmy nominations — including wins for lead actor in a miniseries Kevin Costner and supporting actor in a miniseries Tom Berenger.
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'Game of Thrones,' 'Mad Men' Among Nominees for Cinematographers Awards

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'Game of Thrones,' 'Mad Men' Among Nominees for Cinematographers Awards
"Mad Men," "Game of Thrones," "American Horror Story," "Hatfields & McCoys" and "The New Normal" are among the television programs whose cinematography has been honored by the American Society of Cinematographers, which announced its TV nominees on Wednesday. The Asc, an invitation-only organization of cinematographers with a membership of 300 active members and more than 150 associate members, announced 15 nominations in three categories for the 27th Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. Michael Goi, who had been nominated twice previously, received nominations in two different categories, one for "American Horror Story:
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Kevin Costner, McG Teaming Up for Secret Service Thriller

Kevin Costner, McG Teaming Up for Secret Service Thriller
Kevin Costner and McG have closed deals to respectively star and direct an untitled thriller for Relativity and EuropaCorp. It marks Costner’s first deal since his Emmy victory for Hatfields & McCoys and is the second time that Relativity and EuropaCorp are teaming up on a project. Written by Luc Besson and Adi Hasak, the project, according to the companies, “explores a story about Secret Service agent Ethan Runner, who discovers he's dying and decides to retire in order to reconnect with his estranged family. But when the Secret Service offers him access to an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment, he soon finds himself trying to juggle his family, his mission and the drug's hallucinatory side effects.”

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'Hatfields & McCoys' Dominates Home Entertainment Charts

'Hatfields & McCoys' Dominates Home Entertainment Charts
In a market without many major new releases, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Hatfields & McCoys easily topped Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert Sales chart for the week ending Aug. 5. The miniseries about the famous family feud set cable-viewing records when it aired in May, and in its first week on shelves it old about twice as many copies as the No. 2 title, Warner’s The Dark Knight. Photos: THR & The History Channel Host a Special Screening of 'Hatfields & McCoys' The previous week’s top seller, Warner’s Batman Begins, slipped to No. 3 on First Alert, which tracks overall disc

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NBC Lands Charlize Theron's 'Hatfields & McCoys' TV Series

NBC Lands Charlize Theron's 'Hatfields & McCoys' TV Series
NBC is taking on the Hatfields & McCoys. Less than a week after news broke that Oscar winner Charlize Theron would shop a modern-day series based on the famous feuding families, she has sold the project in an off-network move to NBC, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The project hails from ABC Studios, where Theron has an overall deal. Through her Denver and Delilah Productions banner, Theron and producers Dawn Olmstead (Prison Break) and Beau Flynn (Journey to the Center of the Earth) are behind the project, with John Glenn (Eagle Eye) attached as a writer. Theron currently

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'Hatfields & McCoys' makes ratings history for History

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'Hatfields & McCoys' makes ratings history for History
Kevin Costner might want to consider a permanent move to the small screen. His star turn in History channel's "Hatfields & McCoys" premiered last night to record numbers for ad-supported cable: 13.9 million total viewers. That's bigger than any non-sports telecast in ad-supported cable history, according to History. In demos, "Hatfields" drew 5.8 million viewers 25-54 and 4.8 million viewers 18-49. It's even more impressive for handily trouncing all broadcast network competition (Monday night's most watched show was NBC's "America's Got Talent" with 10 million viewers). There's precendent for Western success on basic cable. AMC's "Broken Trail" scored 9.8 million viewers...
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History’s ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ Sets Cable Ratings Record With 13.9 Million Viewers

History’s ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ Sets Cable Ratings Record With 13.9 Million Viewers
History entered the original scripted arena in a big way last night. The premiere of the cable network’s mini-series Hatfields & McCoys drew a staggering 13.9 million total viewers, 4.8 million adults 18-48 and 5.8 million adults 25-54 from 9-11 Pm to become the the No.1 non-sports telecast in ad supported cable television history. The combined viewership for Part 1′s two airings was 17 million. “With all the success we have had at History, we felt strongly for some time that we should own historical drama, and in true History fashion, we have done it, with – pardon the pun – guns ablazin!,” said History’s president and general manger Nancy Dubuc. Hatfields & McCoys, a three-part, six-hour miniseries starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton, tells the true American story of a legendary family feud – one that spanned decades and nearly launched a war between Kentucky and West Virginia. Parts two and three premiere tonight and tomorrow night.
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History's 'Hatfields & McCoys' Premiere Scores Record 13.9 Million Viewers

History's 'Hatfields & McCoys' Premiere Scores Record 13.9 Million Viewers
History's official foray into scripted programming is a decisive victory for the network. Even during its premiere on ratings-unfriendly Memorial Day, the first outing of the three-night miniseries Hatfields & McCoys pulled in a record-breaking 13.9 million viewers during its inaugural telecast at 9 p.m. That number marks a new nonsports high for ad-supported cable networks. Fast cable ratings give a total audience of more than 17 million, including the encore, with demo scores of 5.8 million among adults 25-54 and 4.8 million with adults 18-49. Hatfields & McCoys, starring

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Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe Join History's 'The Hatfields and McCoys'

Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe Join History's 'The Hatfields and McCoys'
History Channel has tapped a pair of grizzled veteran character actors for its upcoming mini-series "The Hatfields and McCoys." "Platoon" star Tom Berenger and "Deadwood" villain Powers Boothe will join the project as members of the Hatfield clan. In addition, Oscar-nominee Mare Winningham ("Georgia") will play the McCoy family matriarch, the network announced.  Stars Bill Paxton and Kevin Costner were previously announced.  Set in the 19th Century, the mini-series focuses on the famous land feud that erupted between two families living along the border of Kentucky and West Virginia. The film will reunite Costner with
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