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Potential ‘Citizen Kane’ & ‘Cat People’ TV Series At Heart Of RKO Lawsuit

In this age of endless reboots, reimagings and revivals, small screen versions of Citizen Kane and Cat People may offend purists but could make absolute sense to content hungry programmers – once and how a new lawsuit against RKO Pictures gets resolved. "Defendants agreed with plaintiffs to pursue this business venture under the banner of 'RKO Television' and the parties undertook substantial performance in furtherance of the venture, but defendants later abruptly, and… Read


Susan Lacy Explains Making Of Her Steven Spielberg Documentary For HBO – TCA

“He in no way tried to steer this film; he did not see it until it was finished,” Susan Lacy told TV critics of her Steven Spielberg docu for HBO, when asked what the director told her he did and did not want to see in the two and a half hour project. “We did not talk about what I was going to do and wasn’t going to do,” she bristled at Wednesday afternoon’s TCA Q&A on Spielberg debuting October 7. Lacy conducted nearly 30 hours of interviews with Spielberg himself for… Read


‘Room 104’: “Your Casual Dating Experience” In A TV World Flooded With Choices, Says Co-Creator Mark Duplass

“In this era of peak television, there’s so much sh** to watch and we feel so much pressure to watch things,” explained Room 104 co-creator and EP Mark Duplass, “We want Room 104 to be your casual dating experience.” Essentially, the Duplass brothers sought to make a series where you don’t necessarily have to be committed and locked in, rather viewers can check in at their own leisure. Each show isn’t connected to the next in Room 104‘s 12 episode run. The tone, the plot… Read


HBO Topper Casey Bloys Addresses ‘Confederate’ Controversy, Defends Slave Drama, Not The Way It Was Announced

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A week after HBO announced Confederate as a follow-up series for Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the controversy over the project’s concept, which involves slavery, has yet to subside. Expectedly, it took central stage during HBO’s TCA executive session with the network’s president of programming Casey Bloys. Written by Benioff and Weiss, who also will showrun, as well as Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman, Confederate chronicles events… Read


Tim Burton’s Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ Adds ‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor DeObia Oparei

EXCLUSIVE: The cast of Tim Burton’s Dumbo is starting to take shape as Game of Thrones alum DeObia Oparei has signed on to play a character named Rongo in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1941 animated classic. Details about Oparei’s character are being kept under wraps, but he will join previously announced cast members Eva Green, Danny DeVito, and Michael Keaton who is attached to play the movie’s villain. Colin Farrell has also been in negotiations for the role… Read


‘Game Of Thrones’ Spinoffs Still In The Works, But Emmy-Winning Series’ Final Season Is HBO’s Priority – TCA

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“The No. 1 priority in all of this is the final season of Game of Thrones.” That’s what HBO president of programming Casey Bloys had to say regarding the update of the spinoffs that have been brewing for the pay network’s Emmy-winning fantasy series. “I don’t want to do anything with a spinoff or anything that detracts or distracts from that,” he added. Bloys said a spinoff wouldn’t air until at least a year after the original Game of Thrones series ends. Rumor was that… Read


‘UnReal’ Star Caitlin FitzGerald Joins ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler Then The Bigfoot’

EXCLUSIVE: Caitlin FitzGerald is set to star opposite Sam Elliot in Robert Krzykowski’s upcoming feature The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot. The story follows a legendary American war veteran in 1987, named Calvin Barr (Elliott) who, decades after serving in World War II and assassinating Adolf Hitler, is contacted to lead the charge on hunting down the fabled Bigfoot who is hidden deep inside the Canadian wilderness. The Masters Of Sex alumna will play… Read


‘Chernobyl’ Miniseries Starring ‘The Crown’s Jared Harris Set By HBO & Sky – TCA

Five-part miniseries Chernobyl, the first production under HBO and Sky’s recently announced drama partnership,  is set to begin filming next year, with The Crown‘s Jared Harris in the starring role. Kary Antholis, president of HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming, announced the project today during HBO’s presentation at the TCA summer press tour in Pasadena. Written by Craig Mazin (The Huntsman: Winter's War) and directed by Johan Renck (The Walking Dead), Chernobyl… Read


‘Cops Beyond The Bust’: Spike Sets Special To Mark 1,000th Episode Of ‘Cops’

In celebration of the landmark 1,000th episode of CopsSpike next month will air a special titled Cops Beyond the Bust. Hosted by Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews, the special, which will be filmed before a live audience, will includes historical clips from the run of the series as well as reunions of officers and suspects they arrested. Said John Langley, creator and executive producer of the iconic reality docuseries: "Spike has been a great partner for Cops. We are… Read


Maxim Roy Boards ‘Le triomphe de l’argent’; Patricia Belcher, Rachel Pegram Cast In ‘The Week Of’

Maxim Roy, who recurs on the Freeform series Shadowhunters, has been cast in Oscar nominee Denys Arcand's upcoming thriller Le triomphe de l’argent (The Triumph of Money). Set to begin production in September, the film is inspired by the shooting at the Flawnego boutique in Old Montreal in March 2010, a story that galvanized the city. Arcand's longtime producing partner Denise Robert is producing the pic, which will shoot in Montreal. Roy will next be seen in the upcoming… Read


TruTV Ups Maureen Taran To VP Talent

TruTV has elevated Maureen Taran to vice president of talent for the network. In her new position, Taran will continue to lead talent recruitment and casting initiatives for the network, as well as oversee all talent relations responsibilities including talent participation in brand-related appearances and maintain relationships within the entertainment and comedy communities. Based in New York, Taran will continue to report to Marissa Ronca, executive vice president and… Read


‘True Detective’ Close To Season 3 Greenlight; Mahershala Ali Confirmed To Star

At HBO’s summer TCA presentation, president of programming Casey Bloys gave an update on the status of True Detective, which had been awaiting a Season 3 greenlight. Bloys confirmed that Oscar-winning Moonlight actor Mahershala Ali has closed a deal to star in the potential third season of the anthology series. Bloys said he had read five finished scripts. “They are terrific. … I was very impressed and excited,” he said. “We are talking to directors, and when we have a… Read