NBCUniversal & Comcast Slapped With Age Discrimination Suit By Ex-E! SVP
Over six-months after being pink slipped by E! Entertainment and NBCUniversal, ex-Talent Development and Casting SVP Blythe Asher today hit the media giant and its owner Comcast with a jury seeking age discrimination and wrongful termination suit.
"In 2016, for the first time during her employment with E! and after having battled cancer, Asher received a significantly lower performance evaluation," the seven-claim complaint filed Thursday in L.A. Superior Court says of… Read
New Orleans’ French Quarter Gangster Past Getting TV Treatment From Vermilion & Rubicon
EXCLUSIVE: Vermilion Entertainment is teaming with Rubicon Entertainment to develop and produce a TV series based on The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld, a book in author-journalist Herbert Asbury’s early 20th century crime series that included Gangs of New York and The Barbary Coast.
Vermillion and Rubicon will serve as executive producers on French Quarter, and they are beginning discussions with potential directors, writers and… Read
Ever Carradine Books Role On ‘Handmaid’s Tale’; Sibo Mlambo To Recur On ‘Teen Wolf’
Ever Carradine has booked an arc on The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu's upcoming straight-to-series drama based on Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel. Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski star in the series from MGM Television that tells the story of life in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what formerly was part of the United States. Carradine will play Naomi Putnam, a proud, imperious woman whose handmaid has just had her baby. She invites a group of wives over… Read
Kevin James Producing CBS Comedy Project Starring Comedian Gina Brillon
Kevin James was a stand-up comedian with few credits when CBS made him a sitcom star with The King of Queens, following his guest stint on the network’s Everybody Loves Raymond. Now he is giving an opportunity to another comedian, Gina Brillon, who recently made a guest appearance on his new CBS sitcom, Kevin Can Wait.
CBS is developing an untitled multi-camera comedy starring Brillon and executive produced by James. Sony Pictures TV, where James’ Hey Eddie Prods. has a fi… Read
‘Good Girls Revolt’ Review: Amazon’s 1970s-Set Series Flawed But Pertinent
In an America struggling in a very public way these days with how women are depicted and treated, and the election of the first female President of the United States a very real possibility, the October 28 debut of Good Girls Revolt on Amazon has timeliness written all over it — both in a good and not-so-good way. But it’s definitely worth watching.
Good Girls Revolt is based on former Newsweek editor Lynn Povich's 2012 book about a 1970 sexual discrimination class-action… Read
‘Greenleaf’: GregAlan Williams & Lovie Simone Upped To Regulars On OWN Drama
EXCLUSIVE: GregAlan Williams and Lovie Simone have been promoted to series regulars on Greenleaf, OWN’s freshman drama exec produced by Oprah Winfrey.
Set against the backdrop of sprawling Memphis megachurch, the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) who has returned home after 20 years on the occasion of the mysterious death of her sister, Faith. As she re-enters the world of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, the… Read
‘American Crime’: Tim DeKay Joins Cast For Season 3 Of ABC Series
White Collar alum Tim DeKay has been tapped for a recurring role on the upcoming third installment of John Ridley’s ABC anthology drama series American Crime. He will play a relative to Cherry Jones' character. Jones, a fellow new recurring American Crime cast addition, has been cast as the matriarch of a large family agricultural operation. Season 3 of the acclaimed drama explores labor issues, economic divides and individual rights in North Carolina.
DeKay, Jones and… Read
Topher Grace Joins Cast Of ‘Under The Silver Lake’
EXCLUSIVE: Topher Grace has just joined Hacksaw Ridge‘s Andrew Garfield and Fifty Shades Of Grey star Dakota Johnson in David Robert Mitchell's Under The Silver Lake, which is a a modern noir crime thriller set in Los Angeles. The That ’70s Show actor will play play a friend to Garfield's character who helps him with an investigation surrounding a missing woman.
The story centers on a man who becomes obsessed with the strange circumstances of a billionaire mogul’s murder… Read
Eric Bana To Star Opposite Forest Whitaker In Desmond Tutu Pic ‘The Forgiven’
EXCLUSIVE: Eric Bana has just signed on to The Forgiven, the adaptation of Michael Ashton’s play The Archbishop And The Antichrist about Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Forest Whitaker is already aboard to play Tutu, with Roland Joffé directing the script he co-wrote with Ashton.
The drama centers on Tutu’s work as president of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and his struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over concession and… Read
Maria Celeste Arrarás Inks Multiyear Contract Extension With Telemundo
María Celeste Arrarás, the influential anchor of Telemundo’s afternoon news program, Al Rojo Vivo, has inked a long-term contract extension with the Spanish-language broadcaster.
"María Celeste´s professionalism, determination and charisma have been essential to the growth of our network and its news department," said Luis Fernandez, EVP of Noticias Telemundo. "In her years with the network, María Celeste has forged a close relationship with audiences, and her name has… Read
The Night State Sen. Ron Calderon Offered To Sell Out The Film Industry For A Bribe
It was a warm Southern California evening that second night of summer 2012 when California state Sen. Ron Calderon sat down for dinner with an indie producer and explained how he would threaten to let the state's film incentives program "fall apart" in exchange for the bribe he'd just been offered to help the producer get what he wanted.
Calderon didn't know it, but the producer sitting across the table from him was actually an undercover FBI agent, and this was part of… Read
‘The Good Wife’ Spinoff: Paul Guilfoyle & Bernadette Peters Cast, Brooke Kennedy Set To Direct
The upcoming The Good Wife followup series has cast CSI veteran Paul Guilfoyle and Tony-winning actress Bernadette Peters as recurring. Additionally, the series’ executive producer Brooke Kennedy has been tapped to direct the opening episode.
Kennedy is a long-time collaborator of The Good Wife creators/executive producers Robert and Michelle King and served as an executive producer/director on both of their series for CBS, The Good Wife and the recent BrainDead. The… Read