Valerie Harper Is Recovering From Health Scare, “Has Never Been In A Coma”
The television and stage actress, who has been waging a forthright public battle with cancer that spread from her lungs to her brain, is resting comfortably at an undisclosed location, according to a statement released tonight by Bradford Kenney, executive artistic director of the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. Best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off Rhoda, Harper has been performing in a summer stock production of the… Read
‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Producer Teases Link To ‘Walking Dead’ As Season 2 Episode Order Set – TCA
UPDATED with more panel info: The spinoff to the most popular show on television will be back for 15 episodes in its second season, AMC told the TCA today. The first six-episode season of Fear The Walking Dead is set to debut August 23 with a 90-minute episode, as was announced at Comic-Con. The second season will premiere in 2016.
The L.A.-set Fear The Walking Dead centers on a blended and often broken family of schoolteachers in the early days of what would become the… Read
Zendaya’s ‘K.C. Undercover’ Probed For Using White Stunt Double For Star
On Disney Channel's K.C. Undercover, 18-year-old actress Zendaya plays K.C. Cooper, the daughter of African American spies. On the show, K.C. is black; her mother is black; her father is black; her nerdy brother is black; her robot sister is black; and her grandfather is black. But her main stunt double for Season 1 was white. Several black stuntwomen have told Deadline that they want the show to hire black stuntwomen for the job when the show begins production on its… Read
How Martial Arts Series ‘Into the Badlands’ Kicked Its Way Onto AMC; Debuts Nov. 15 – TCA
UPDATED, 5:01 PM: AMC finally has nailed down a date for its martial arts drama series Into The Badlands, which will make its debut on November 15 at 10PM, right after The Walking Dead. The news was announced at TCA today after it was revealed at Comic-Con that the show would be premiering in November.
The six-episode series was created by EPs/writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based loosely on the Chinese tale Journey To The West. Daniel Wu, who also serves as EP… Read
‘Gigi Does It’ Star David Krumholtz Loves Being His Grandmother – TCA
David Krumholtz spends about 4 1/2 hours getting the prosthetic makeup required to turn him into the elderly widow Gertrude Rotblum, who has discovered her dead husband had a secret bank account and now is living large in IFC’s Gigi Does It.
Asked about his initial reaction to seeing himself in the makeup for the first time, he told journalists at TCA: “We didn’t know what it was going to look like – there was no design. My grandmother had passed away … and when the… Read
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper Dies: Pro Wrestling Icon & Veteran Actor Was 61
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, a wrestler and actor who was one of the kings of the squared circle during the WWF’s go-go days in the 1980s, died overnight at his home in Hollywood. He was 61. His agent Jay Schachter told Deadline that Piper, whose real name was Roderick George Toombs, died peacefully in his sleep. No cause of death was given. Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2007 but said last year that he was cancer-free.
“I am shocked and beyond devastated,”… Read
ABC Family Ups Jennifer Gerstenblatt To VP Current As Kelly Goode Exits; Brooke Bowman Segues To Consulting
ABC Family is making executive changes. Kelly Goode, who had been running the network’s current department as VP Current Programming, has left. She will be succeeded by one of her executives, Jennifer Gerstenblatt, who has been upped from Executive Director to VP Current Programming. She will oversee ABCF’s current programming team and cover current and digital series.
Meanwhile, Brooke Bowman has stepped down from her post as SVP Original Programming but will continue to… Read
‘Documentary Now!’ Spoof Born Of Love, From Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers, Bill Hader – TCA
Fred Armisen sang a song about Catalina Island, we think, to warm up the TCA crowd to talk about Documentary Now! – his comedy series nod to Eagles documentaries and such, for IFC.
“We just love soft rock," Armisen gushed moments later, on stage with fellow series creators/SNL alums Seth Meyers and Bill Hader. "It's so bold in its gentleness."
Each episode is a nod to a differerent docu, rather than flat-out parody. "If we did our job right, people would be flipping… Read
‘Cosby Show’ EP Tom Werner: “At The Moment The Show Is Kind Of Tarnished” – TCA
Tom Werner was at TCA today in his capacity as executive producer of Starz’s basketball series Survivor’s Remorse, but on the sidelines he was asked about another of his series: iconic The Cosby Show. His Carsey-Werner produced the iconic sitcom starring Bill Cosby that ran from 1985-1992.
Currently, Cosby is fighting allegations from more than 40 women that he drugged them without their knowledge in order to have sex with them. The show, a rerun staple, has been pulled… Read
The CW Moves Up Premiere Dates For ‘Jane The Virgin’ & ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’
The CW’s comedy Monday lineup will launch a week earlier than originally planned. New hourlong comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and returning dramedy Jane The Virgin will debut on Monday, October 12, instead of October 19 as previously announced.
The decision was made after CW affiliates, including the station in the No. 1 market, New York, informed the network of NFL pre-emptions on October 19. Feeling that it was crucial to make the two premieres available to all fans for… Read
Steven Spielberg & Jeffrey Katzenberg Among Hillary Clinton’s $1M SuperPAC Donors
Less than a week before her next Hollywood fundraiser, Hillary Clinton’s Tinseltown friends have been revealed to be very, very generous. Matching the amounts they donated to President Barack Obama’s PAC in 2012, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg gave $1 million apiece to the former Secretary of State’s 2016 SuperPAC, Federal Elections Commission filings disclosed today. The contributions were made to Priorities USA Action SuperPAC, an independent expenditure… Read
Christopher McQuarrie Q&A: On Collaborating With Tom Cruise, And Hanging Him Off A Moving Airplane
If he’s still known for winning a Best Screenplay Oscar for 1995’s Usual Suspects, Christopher McQuarrie’s next best identification is for being Tom Cruise’s go-to-guy. Sometimes that’s as writer or script doctor, but now more commonly it’s as writer, producer, director, and being Cruise’s accomplice in problem solving the star/producer’s many complex screen vehicles. They took it to another level on Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, a crackling good summer movie that… Read