‘CSI’ Order Trimmed: Is This The End?
The current 15th season of CSI will consist of 18 episodes, the first time the long-running crime drama has produced fewer than a full-season 22 episodes. The order trim, first reported by TVLine, was part of a flex plan put in place in May, with the network nowtriggering the option to go down to 18 episodes. The rational is understandable — none of CBS' new fall dramas failed, and the network has three 13-episode hourlong series to accommodate for midseason, including… Read
Lauren Zalaznick Joins Penguin Random House Board: Publishing
The publishing giant today announced that the former NBCUniversal exec and film producer Zalaznick has been named to its board of directors. Here's the release:
NEW YORK, NY, October 23, 2014 — Media and entertainment industry executive Lauren Zalaznick has been appointed as the first independent Board member of Penguin Random House, the world's largest international trade book publisher.
Ms. Zalaznick has devoted her 30-year career to transforming the cultural landscape… Read
Kelly McCreary Upped To Regular On ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
It's been a fast rise for Kelly McCreary on veteran ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. After making her debut in the last two episodes of last season and appearing in virtually episode so far this season, McCreary has been promoted to regular on the series, now in its 11th season. She will continue as Dr. Maggie Pierce. McCreary, who co-starred on another medical drama, the CW' Emily Owens MD, is with Soffer/Namoff Entertainment, the Kohner Agency and Stewart Talent… Read
‘Real Housewives’ Teresa Giudice Must Serve Sentence At ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Prison
Turns out ignorance has proved no excuse for Teresa Giudice once again in her conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud case. The same judge who sentenced The Real Housewives Of New Jersey cast member to 15-months behind bars on October 2 has now refused Giudice's attempt to serve some of her time in a halfway house. In fact Judge Esther Salas reveled on Wednesday that she's sending Giudice to the minimum-security camp that served as the basis for the prison in Netflix's Orange Is T… Read
Martin Scorsese & Amir Bar-Lev Truckin’ On Grateful Dead Documentary Film
The Grateful Dead will celebrate the band's 50th anniversary with an authorized feature documentary that will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev, helmer of the superb films The Tillman Story and most recently the Penn State football scandal Happy Valley. Martin Scorsese, whose own rock docus have provided the template for how to make these kinds of movies, will be executive producer along with Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, and Rick Yorn. Longtime… Read
Keira Knightley Sets Broadway Debut As Thérèse Raquin At Roundabout Theatre Co.
Score a huge one for Todd Haimes, longtime artistic director of the nonprofit Roundabout empire. The company, which operates three Broadway venues, will launch its 50th anniversary season next October with Keira Knightley as Emile Zola's adulterous heroine, in Thérèse Raquin, perennial catnip for playwrights and screenwriters. Haimes commissioned the latest adaptation, by Helen Edmundsen. It was first presented in summer 2014 at the UK's Bath Theatre Royal (Knightley was… Read
TWC Acquires April Prosser Script ‘Plus One’
The Weinstein Company acquired rights to Plus One, the April Prosser scripted comedy that is being produced by Gloria Sanchez Productions, the division of Gary Sanchez Productions dedicated to female-driven film and TV projects. Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are lead producers. Prosser's script The One That Got Away made the 2012 Black List and got bought by Amazon Studios. Julie Rapaport and Melissa Wells will oversee Plus One for TWC. The script is about a… Read
Kyle Killen Inks First-Look Deal With Paramount TV
Paramount Television, in tandem with Anonymous Content, has signed a two-year, first-look deal with Kyle Killen, creator of Lone Star, Awake and Mind Games, and his recently launched company Chapter Eleven. The pact stems from a three-year first-look deal Paramount TV inked in May with True Detective producer Anonymous Content, which manages Killen. Under the pact, Paramount TV will have first crack at producing and distributing scripted series developed by Chapter… Read
Brad Pitt Squirms ‘Between Two Ferns': Video
Brad Pitt, out promoting The Fury, is the latest celeb to suffer interviewer Zach Galifianakis in his Funny Or Die interview series Two Ferns.
This series seems to have been borne out of that wonderful skit done by the late Chris Farley, where he interviewed the likes of Martin Scorsese and Paul McCartney on Saturday Night Live. That skit worked because he was such a self deprecating lovable bumbler–strangely, he channeled the worst suspicions of every person who… Read
‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ Future In Question With Possible Sex Offender Connection
TLC says it's mulling its options after a report surfaced that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo's Mama June has rekindled a romance with a man who was convicted of molesting a child. The man, now a registered sex offender in Georgia, was released from prison in March.
Season 4 of Honey Boo Boo wrapped in August. “TLC is not currently in production on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series,” a… Read
Gotham Awards Nominees Announced: ‘Boyhood’ & ‘Birdman’ Lead Way
Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Love Is Strange and Under The Skin are up for the Best Feature prize in the 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. The Independent Filmmaker Project calls this the “kickoff to the film awards season,” and highlights “worthy independent films.” The collection includes 15 films nominated for Best Feature, Best Documentary, and the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award. IFP members can vote online from November 19-26. The ceremony… Read
Netflix Series From ‘Damages’ Creators Unveils Title, First Teaser: Video
KZK no more. Netflix's upcoming original series, created and executive produced by Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler, will be titled Bloodline and be released in March, the streaming service said today. Netflix also released the first teaser trailer for the Sony TV-produced drama, about a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn… Read