The Emmys Go Social: Good But They’re NOT The MTV Video Music Awards
Sometimes, these contests just aren't fair. The good old Emmys, the TV Academy and this year's host network, NBC, all lined up the most fiercest lineup ever they imagined of social-media goodness for Monday night's broadcast of TVs top awards. And as far as social-media impact goes, they did pretty well, according to Nielsen's TV ratings, with the total unique audience up 6 percent from last year, when CBS hosted edition 65 on a September Sunday.
But those numbers… Read
Lionsgate Nabs Schwarzenegger Starrer ‘Maggie'; Oscilloscope Rocks With ‘Jingle Bell’ Docu
In a preemptive deal that knocked it out of the Toronto premieres line-up, Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to apocalyptic thiller Maggie. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator and Expendables franchises, Total Recall, Batman And Robin), Oscar-nominated Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Ender's Game) and Joely Richardson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Tudors, Nip/Tuck), Maggie tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on… Read
Fox Buys Ensemble Comedy From Alec Sulkin & Julius Sharpe As Put Pilot
After testing the multi-camera waters with Dads last season, Fox is back at it with a multi-camera project from a duo of Dads writer-producers. The network has given the comedy, from Dads co-creator/executive producer Alec Sulkin and co-executive producer Julius “Goldie” Sharpe, a big put pilot commitment. The 20th Century Fox TV-produced All Together Now revolves around 6 friends in their late 20's who vow to unplug their mobile devices and engage each other for as long… Read
Voltage Sets John Moore And William Wisher For Pierce Brosnan-Starrer ‘I.T.’
EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Films has set John Moore to direct and William Wisher Jr. to rewrite I.T., the thriller that will star November Man's Pierce Brosnan. Brosnan will play a successful publisher whose relationship with a young I.T. consultant sours. He soon finds the former friend is using technology to threaten his family, business, and life. Wisher's credits include Terminator 2 and Live Free Or Die Hard; Moore most recently helmed A Good Day To Die Hard.
The film will… Read
The Plot Thickens: Will A ‘New’ Shubert Theater Tower Over Broadway?
Since everyone is dousing everyone else these dog days with buckets of ice to raise money for ALS research, I offer a challenge of my own to The New York Post's Michael Riedel: Meet me at Bar Centrale the day after Labor Day 2019. If, five years from now, there's a new, 1,500-seat Broadway theater around the corner on Eighth Avenue between 45th and 46th streets, you can douse me with a bucket of ice and I'll write a $100 check to the Shubert Foundation. And if it's a… Read
Kathryn Prescott Joins CBS Miniseries ‘The Dovekeepers’
Kathryn Prescott has been tapped for a lead role in CBS' The Dovekeepers, a four-hour miniseries from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to air in 2015. The project is based on Alice Hoffman's acclaimed historical novel about four extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. Prescott will play Aziza, a stunning teenage tomboy and expert archer who disguises herself in her brother's armor to skillfully fight alongside the male… Read
‘Full House’ Reboot Eyed By Warner Bros. TV
As broadcast networks are ramping up their efforts at cracking the multi-camera comedy format this season, the efforts may include trips to the format's golden years. CBS and CBS TV Studios are doing it with a reboot of The Odd Couple, now Warner Bros. TV is exploring a new take on the 1980s ABC family sitcom Full House, produced by the studio's predecessor, Lorimar TV. As reported by TV Guide, Full House creator Jeff Franklin is writing the followup, which is in early… Read
Hot TV Teaser: ‘The Affair’
Showtime just moved up the premiere of its new drama series by a week, and now we get a new look at it. The Affair stars Dominic West and Ruth Wilson in the story of an illicit Hamptons romance and its fallout told separately from the male and female perspectives - complete with distinct memory biases. Joshua Jackson and Maura Tierney co-star as the respective wronged spouses. Sarah Treem scripted from a story she created with Hagai Levi, and Jeffrey Reiner directs. The… Read
Alan Ayckbourn Takes ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Literally In ‘Things We Do For Love’
Just a few weeks after Sam Shepard's semi-sibling lovers were bouncing off the walls in the Williamstown Theatre Festival revival of Fool For Love comes what appears to be the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's 1997 opposites-attract slugfest Things We Do For Love. This may be the only time you will ever read the names Sam Shepard and Alan Ayckbourn in the same paragraph.
Things We Do For Love ranks 51 in the Ayckbourne oeuvre, currently numbering 79 and counting… Read
Mary Elizabeth Winstead Thriller ‘Faults’ Goes To Screen Media
Screen Media Films has set a March 6, 2015 U.S. release date for Faults, an indie thriller starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead that premiered earlier this year at SXSW. Winstead stars as Claire, a cult member whose parents hire a deprogrammer (Leland Orser) to kidnap and rehabilitate her, sparking a battle of wits between the two. Writer-director Riley Stearns makes his feature debut with Faults, which was produced by Snoot Entertainment's Keith Calder and Jessica Calder… Read
Participant Joins DreamWorks On Spielberg Cold War Pic & ‘The Light Between Oceans’
Participant Media and DreamWorks Studios, which teamed on their sixth film The Hundred-Foot Journey this summer, will continue their partnership on Steven Spielberg's untitled Cold War pic and the upcoming adaptation The Light Between Oceans. Spielberg's true story spy tale stars Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Amy Ryan in the story of James Donovan, an attorney sent by the CIA to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Joel and Ethan Coen penned the script… Read
TNT’s ‘The Last Ship’ Finale Steady; ‘Falling Skies’ Penultimate Episode Tumbles From Last Year
On a packed Sunday night that saw the MTV VMAs take the stage, a NFL preseason game on NBC and the series finale of HBO's True Blood, TNT certainly had some wind in its freshman sails. Ending its run as the top new series of the year so far and looking to secure TNT the top summer spot among basic cable networks, The Last Ship pulled in 4.4 million viewers for its 9 PM August 24 finale. Compared with what was going on at HBO, the dystopia-in-action drama beat the finale… Read