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The CW Developing ‘Blowback’ Thriller Drama From Justin Lin, Hannah Shakespeare, Michael Eisner & Intrigue

'Star Trek Beyond' film premiere, Arrivals, Comic-Con International, San Diego, USA - 20 Jul 2016

The CW is developing Blowback, a thriller drama project executive produced by Star Trek: Beyond director Justin Lin. The project, written/executive produced by Killer Women creator Hannah Shakespeare and also executive produced by Michael Eisner and Tariq Jalil, was originally sold as a spec to the CW late last season, coming close to a pilot order. I hear Blowback is now getting a boost with an order for two additional scripts by Shakespeare and a bible. The scripts have… Read


‘Conviction’: Daniel Franzese Joins New ABC Legal Drama Series In Recasting

Daniel Franzese

Looking alum Daniel Franzese is set as a series regular in Conviction, ABC's upcoming drama series from the Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios. Co-created by writer Liz Friedman and director Liz Friedlander, Conviction stars Hayley Atwell as Hayes Morrison, the brilliant but ne'er-do-well daughter of a former President who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles' newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She and her team of lawyers, investigators and… Read


The Best And Not-Best From The Democratic & Republican Conventions – A Postmortem

Khizr Kahn at DNC 2016

After two weeks of speeches, scandals and parties partying, it’s time to digest just what we took from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. There was no shortage of fireworks and fizzling from either side either week, but here is a collection of memorable and forgettable moments, lines and people. In no particular order — other than the first one, maybe: 10 to Remember Khizr Khan: The immigrant Muslim father of a Muslim U.S. soldier killed in combat… Read


‘The Apprentice’ Launched Donald Trump’s Presidential Bid, ‘Frontline’ Producer Says – TCA

NBC launched Donald Trump’s presidential campaign years ago when it debuted The Apprentice, filmmaker Michael Kirk insisted this afternoon at TCA, in case you’re looking for someone to blame. The reality competition series, which was hugely popular in its early seasons, “was far more important than we thought it would be,” in Trump’s political trajectory, said the producer of FrontlineThe Choice 2016, which is documenting the story of Trump and Hillary Clinton’s… Read


Animation Vets Launch Astro-Nomical Entertainment To Make Indie Toons

Astro-Nomical Entertainment Logo

Former ToonBox exec Jay Ahn and animation industry veteran Chris Henderson have launched Astro-Nomical Entertainment, a development and production company aiming to make high-quality independent animated family films. Its first project in the works is the feature film Mean Margaret, based on the children's book by Tor Seidler. Mulan co-director Barry Cook is in talks to direct, and IM Global will handle worldwide sales. Astro-Nomical will be backed by China-based… Read


Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Pens Strong Endorsement Of Hillary Clinton

FILE- In this Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, file photo, Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of the social network service Facebook, speaks during a panel session at the 41st annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland. It's been a year since Sheryl Sandberg came out with "Lean In," her best-selling manifesto for working women. Since then, over 1.75 million copies have been sold; the book’s out in 28 languages. "Lean In: for Graduates," out Tuesday, includes the original text enhanced with new chapters, many containing concrete advice for graduates. For example: How to craft a resume (and get rid of those typos!). How to handle a first interview. And how to negotiate a first salary. (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron, File)

Joining a wave of business leaders mainly from the Silicon Valley tech sector but also from atypical corners including the auto industry and telecommunications, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg posted a direct and fervent endorsement of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on her Facebook page last night. Her statement came shortly after the end of Clinton’s acceptance speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, which saw a litany of… Read


‘Hell On Wheels’ Series Finale Draws 2.5 Million Viewers In Live+3

Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels wrapped up its five-season run on AMC Saturday with a series finale episode that drew 2.5 million total viewers, including 784k adults 25-54 in Live+3 ratings. The final Season 5 averaged 2.6 million viewers per episode, including 837k adults 25-54. The last seven episodes of HOW showed the end of the line for Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) and his work building America's first transcontinental railroad. The final push to finish brought a reckoning for… Read


‘Mercy Street’ Season 2 Stresses Drama Of Battle Scenes, Corset Lacing & Fingernails – TCA

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Tara Summers, Josh Radnor, David Zabel, Hannah James, David Zucker and L. Scott Caldwell
PBS 'Mercy Street Season 2' Panel at the TCA Summer Press Tour - Day 2, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Jul 2016

The second season of PBS’ Civil War-era hospital drama Mercy Street will have “more scope and expanse” than the first, executive producer David Zabel said, saying Season 1 “felt a little too contained.” To that point, Season 2 will include battle scenes “to give a sense of what is going on in the front lines to understand the context,” added EP Lisa Wolfinger. Josh Radnor’s Dr. Jedediah Foster has a new addiction, the actor revealed. “I felt traumatized for quite a while”… Read


Geoff Stults Jumps Into ‘Granite Mountain’; Martha Kelly Joins ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Geoff Stults

Geoff Stults has joined the cast of Joseph Kosinski’s Granite Mountain, the true tale of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter crew’s battle to douse the 2013 Yarnell Hill wildfire in Arizona, one of the deadliest in history. Nineteen of the crew’s 20 firefighters died when the wind changed and fire engulfed them from all sides. Jennifer Connelly, Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Hardy and James Badge Dale star in the pic penned by Ken… Read


Nat Geo Greenlights ‘The Long Road Home’ Event Series Based On Martha Raddatz Book

Long Road Home Nat Geo

National Geographic Channel has greenlit The Long Road Home scripted miniseries, based on Martha Raddatz’s New York Times bestseller. It was announced today ahead of Nat Geo’s session at TCA. The eight-hour event series is executive produced by Mike Medavoy, Jason Clark, Benjamin Anderson and Edward McGurn. The 33 screenwriter Mikko Alanne is penning the adaptation and also executive producing. Production will begin in early 2017 for a premiere later in the year. First ann… Read


Michael Giordano Upped To SVP Business Affairs At 20th Century Fox TV

Michael Giordano

Michael Giordano has been promoted to SVP Business Affairs at 20th Century Fox TV, from VP. In his new role, Giordano is responsible for negotiating and overseeing key business terms for development and production, above-the-line talent, program license, rights and format deals as well as writer/producer agreements for pilots and series produced by the company. The promotion was announced today by Howard Kurtzman, President of Business Affairs. Giordano came to Fox from… Read


Luc Besson Must Pay More For Copying John Carpenter’s ‘Escape From New York’


A Paris appeals court has ruled that Luc Besson must pay more than $500,000 (450,000 euros) in damages to John Carpenter and rights holder StudioCanal for plagiarizing Carpenter’s 1981 classic Escape From New York when he made the 2012 film Lockout. Agence France-Presse reported on the ruling today. This comes after Besson had appealed an original ruling in the case last fall that ordered Besson, his EuropaCorp production company and Besson’s Lockout co-writers/directors… Read