Michael Gleason Dies; ‘Remington Steele’ Co-Creator Was 78
Michael Gleason, the co-creator of Remington Steele and producer of such popular series as Diagnosis Murder and Rich Man Poor Man Book 2, died Friday at the age of 78. His death was confirmed on his Facebook page; no cause was listed.
Gleason, a novelist as well as veteran producer, started as a writer for such 1960s series as Rawhide, Laramie, My Favorite Martian, The Big Valley and Peyton Place, continuing through the ’70s with Marcus Welby, M.D., Cannon, McCloud and Ric… Read
Charter Fails To Get Byron Allen’s $10B Racial Discrimination Suit Dismissed
A federal judge today rejected a bid by Charter Communications to toss out a $10B racial discrimination lawsuit filed by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios and the National Association of African-American Owned Media for "racial discrimination in contracting for television channel carriage." The move comes five months after Comcast was granted dismissal from a separate $20B racial discrimination suit filed by Allen’s company in early 2015.
“Defendant presents a… Read
‘Ice’: Antoine Fuqua Pulls Back, Remains Executive Producer On DirecTV Series
EXCLUSIVE: Antoine Fuqua is taking a step back on Ice, the upcoming drama series for A&T's Audience network, from his Fuqua Films and Entertainment One. Fugua directed the opening episode and serves as an executive producer for the series which is set in the underbelly of the L.A. diamond trade.
I hear Fuqua will remain an executive producer on Ice but will not have day-to-day involvement for the remainder of the season, which is currently past the midpoint of filming on… Read
Lady Gaga Talks Super Bowl, Shouts At Drivers In ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Sneak Peek
CBS this evening issued a tease for its Lady Gaga iteration of Late Late Show’s Carpool Karaoke, set to unveil tomorrow. The platinum-selling pop singer, Emmy and Oscar nominee, and current American Horror Story cast member announced early this month, via Twitter, that she would be the latest celeb to join James Corden’s carpool. The tease arrives two days after Gaga’s turn as music guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live– and a few months before her Super Bowl halftime show… Read
SAG-AFTRA “Remains Committed To Negotiations” To End Video Game Strike
SAG-AFTRA said tonight that it "remains committed" to a negotiated settlement of the four-day-old actors strike against the video game industry but insists that the companies must take its demand for residuals – or "secondary payments" – seriously.
"The union remains committed to reaching an equitable solution while employers are the ones who continue to be intractable in their bargaining," SAG-AFTRA said in a statement.
The union said that, despite what the video game emp… Read
Obama Tells Jimmy Kimmel That Donald Trump’s Debate Performances Make Him Laugh
Making a return visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live, President Obama read another round of presidential mean tweets and talked Donald Trump.
Kimmel wondered, for instance, if Obama ever laughed while watching Trump perform at a debate. “Most of the time,” Obama responded.
The two men also talked about Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood tape in which the GOP candidate had boasted in 2005 about being so famous he could grope women with impunity. Kimmel’s show tapes at the El Capitan… Read
CBS Developing ‘Under Suspicion’ Book Series Adaptation From John Glenn
CBS has put in development Under Suspicion, a drama series based on the bestselling crime thriller book series by Mary Higgins Clark, from Allegiance executive producer John Glenn, Momentum TV and Universal TV.
Written and executive produced by Canadian writer Greg Spottiswood (Remedy), Under Suspicion is about a justice-seeking investigative journalism team that produces an award-winning true-crime series that investigates unsolved major crimes through the eyes of those… Read
‘Nashville’ Adds ‘Harry Potter’ Alum Christian Coulson As Recurring
EXCLUSIVE: Christian Coulson (Love Is Strange, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) has been cast as recurring on CMT's upcoming fifth season of its country music drama Nashville, from Lionsgate and Hulu.
Coulson will play Damien George, a sought-after British director who will be helming Gunner Scott & Scarlett O'Connor's first video. Confident and by turns charming and caustic, he has a specific vision for his work and gets off on pushing the limits of actors to… Read
‘American Pastoral’ Review: Ewan McGregor’s Directorial Debut Deserves A Better Reception
I am not sure why critics, or at least many of them, have seemed to go after Ewan McGregor’s very fine directorial debut American Pastoral since its debut last month at the Toronto Film Festival. It is baffling to me that a complex and challenging work like this sterling adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer-winning novel would not make more of an impact. I guess I am in the critical minority here, but I find the film, in which McGregor also stars, to be a riveting and… Read
Warner Bros Sues Innovative Artists For Oscar Screener Piracy Of ‘Creed’ + More
EXCLUSIVE: Just as studios are getting ready to send out screeners for this year’s Oscar hopefuls, Warner Bros Entertainment today hit talent agency Innovative Artists with a wallop of damages over the “blatantly illegal” online distribution of films like 2015’s Creed.
“Beginning in late 2015, Innovative Artists set up and operated an illegal digital distribution platform that copied movies and then distributed copies and streamed public performances of those movies to… Read
Kwame Patterson Joins TNT Pilot ‘Monsters Of God’
EXCLUSIVE: Kwame Patterson has been tapped as a series regular on TNT’s Monsters of God, Rod Lurie’s post-Civil War drama pilot being produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment.
Written and to be directed by Lurie, Monsters of God stars Garret Dillahunt as Col. "Terrible" Bill Lancaster, who is waging a savage and violent holy war against the Comanche in post-Civil War Texas. Despite the peace between the Comanche and local townspeople, he sets out on a quest to kill… Read
Wendi McLendon-Covey Teams With ‘The McCarthys’ Creator For ABC Hotel Comedy Based On Her Experiences
Years ago, Wendi McLendon-Covey was a floundering twentysomething working at what she has described as “a crappy hotel near Disneyland” where an old nightstand served as her desk, complete with a typewriter. Now The Goldbergs star will tap into her experiences for a comedy series project, which has landed at ABC with a script commitment plus significant penalty.
McLendon-Covey co-created and will co-write the single-camera comedy, tentatively titled Hospitality, with The M… Read