Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Gracepoint’ Sold To Australia & Canada; ITV2 Picks Up ‘Scorpion'; More
Shine International has sold the drama Gracepoint to Foxtel in Australia and Global TV in Canada. Both networks will start airing the show this week. Based on the hit UK drama Broadchurch, the 10-episode Gracepoint is the story of a police investigation after a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach in a small California seaside town. Soon deemed a homicide, the case sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy's family into further turmoil and upends the lives of the… Read
PBS And CBS Dominate News & Documentary Emmys
PBS and CBS were the big winners tonight as the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences unveiled its 35th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. The pubcaster walked away with a leading 11 trophies, followed by the Eye with 10. ABC picked up three wins, the only other network with more than two. PBS came into the ceremony with a field-leading 43 nominations, one more than CBS.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to William J. Small, who was CBS News Washington… Read
Glen Campbell Sued Over Film Documenting His Alzheimer’s Fight
Country recording legend Glen Campbell has been sued for breach of contract over his upcoming documentary film, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, which chronicles the singer's battle with Alzheimer's disease. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), raises serious legal questions about the validity of contracts signed by people with Alzheimer's, which scholars consider a legal "gray area."
The suit, filed by the Record Company, an L.A.-based production… Read
NBC Buys Legal Drama From Matt Lopez & John Glenn
NBC has put in development Justice, a legal drama project from Matt Lopez and John Glenn. Written by Lopez, who is a former lawyer, Justice tells the story of
larger-than-life District Attorney Logan Archer, a brilliant and relentless prosecutor who takes on crime while harboring some deep, dark secrets. Lopez and Glenn executive produce through Universal TV where both are under overall deals.
In features, Lopez, repped by WME and attorney Melissa Rogal, is a go-to… Read
Greg Ellis Signs With Gersh; Pantheon Signs J.C. Chasez, Chris Payne Gilbert
Hawaii Five-O regular Greg Ellis has signed with the Gersh Agency, while Pantheon has signed former 'N Sync singer J.C. Chasez and Chris Payne Gilbert, in the day's agency announcements.
The English-born Ellis has a recurring role on the CBS action show set on the islands but also is starring in the upcoming animated TV series Star Wars Rebels and the Western feature Forsaken. Other notable roles have come in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Star Trek, Beowulf, Mr.… Read
‘Twilight’ Short-Film Competition For Women Is Backed By Stephenie Meyer & Lionsgate
Five features wasn't enough. Lionsgate said today that it is partnering with author Stephenie Meyer, Facebook, Women in Film and Tongal to launch a social media campaign to develop and produce short films by female filmmakers based on the characters in The Twilight Saga. The venture, called The Storytellers - New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga, will include films based on a broad spectrum of characters from the Twilight universe, with guidance provided by Meyer's… Read
‘NCIS’ Security Guard’s Family Wins $10 Million Judgment Against CBS
A jury today ordered CBS Corp to pay more than $10 million to the widow and children of a security guard who was killed on the set of NCIS in February 2011. Julio Villamariona, 52, was hit by a van driven by a CBS employee that was shuttling actors and crew from a parking lot to the set in Santa Clarita, CA. The driver, Ralph Blunt, 60, had passed out behind the wheel and lost control of the vehicle as it went down an embankment. Blunt died en route to a hospital… Read
FCC Considers Fines For On-Air Use Of Washington Redskins Name
The FCC - best known for its efforts to protect Americans from Janet Jackson's nipples, Charlotte Ross' rear end and various gags delivered by a pre-America's Got Talent Howard Stern - has jumped into the Washington NFL team name debate, announcing today it's mulling whether to fine broadcasters for saying on-air the racial slur that is the team's name.
The commission is charged with fining broadcasters for obscenities and indecencies by responding to viewer/listener… Read
Julianna Margulies Inks Production Deal With CBS Studios
The Emmy-winning star of The Good Wife has formed Toast Prods., which will be based at CBS TV Studios, the studio behind the praised CBS legal drama. Under the pact, Julianna Margulies and her company will develop and produce series, limited-event series and TV movies for the studio, which will target various platforms and won't necessarily be starring vehicles for Margulies.
Margulies has a close relationship with CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves — going back to his time running… Read
‘Horrible Bosses 2′ Trailer: Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz Do Bad Biz In Sequel
Self-employed buddies Kurt, Nick and Dale (Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman and Charlie Day) go up against Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz in the sequel to 2011's $209M comedy. This time they've gone into business for themselves, but turn to Dean 'MF' Jones (Jamie Foxx) for help kidnapping a double-crossing investor. Sean Anders directed the film and co-wrote the script with John Morris. WB will unleash Horrible Bosses 2 in the holiday frame on November 26. Here's the latest… Read
‘Hand Of God’ To Go To Series, Two Others Likely As Amazon Studios Starts Making Series Pickup Decisions
It appears to be a decision day at Amazon Studios as options on the casts of the company's third batch of pilots expire today. I've learned that the actors on drama Hand of God have been picked up, with the project fully expected to go to series. Two other pilots — David Gordon Green and Steven Soderbergh's country club comedy Red Oaks, and Whit Stillman's expat comedy The Cosmopolitans — are in serious contention. Both have a real shot at a pickup, with an order for Red O… Read
UPDATE: Teresa Palmer Joins Benjamin Walker In ‘The Choice’, Nicholas Sparks Adaptation From Lionsgate
UPDATED 4:45 PM: Just hours after the male lead was announced, Teresa Palmer has been tapped as female lead Gabby Holland in Lionsgate's The Choice. Her recent credits include The Ever After, Parts Per Billion and Love And Honor, and Palmer next appears in Cut Bank and Kill Me Three Times. Palmer is repped by WME, Management 360, Shanahan and Sloane Offer.
PREVIOUSLY 2:45 PM: The man who played the 16th president in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is shifting genres a… Read