Kathleen Robertson Writing Dramedy For Lionsgate TV With Christina Applegate Attached To Star
Murder In The First star Kathleen Robertson has been steadily carving out a parallel second career as a writer. In a competitive situation, she has sold to Lionsgate TV the dramedy project Your Time Is Up, which has sought-after actress Christina Applegate attached to star. Written by Robertson and produced by Oscar-nominated producer Gil Netter (Life Of Pi, The Blind Side), Your Time Is Up is described as a family saga in the vein of Six Feet Under centering around… Read
Marg Helgenberger Tweets Behind-The-Scenes Photos Of ‘CSI’ Finale
The gang is back for the CSI finale. Marg Helgenberger has tweeted behind-the scenes pics from the set of the 2-hour CSI: Crime Scene Investigation finale, which will air on Sunday, September 27. Above is Helgenberger with fellow original star William Petersen. Helgenberger’s second tweet below shows five original characters: Catherine Willows (Helgenberger), Dr. Gil Grissom (Petersen), Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), Greg Sanders (Eric Szmanda), and Jim Brass (Paul… Read
Ian McShane & Max Von Sydow Join ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 6
Deadwood‘s Ian McShane and Max von Sydow (Minority Report, The Exorcist) are the latest to sign on to Season 6 of Game Of Thrones, HBO has confirmed. McShane’s role is being kept under wraps, but Von Sydow will play the Three-Eyed Raven, the mystical tutor of Bran Stark who was seen briefly in the Season 4 finale (played by a different actor).
HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo said last week at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that the… Read
ABC Nabs Monsters Drama From ‘Saw’ Writers & Aaron Kaplan As Put Pilot
In one of the first big drama sales this development season, a genre-themed project from Saw IV and V writers Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan and producer Aaron Kaplan sparked a bidding before landing at ABC with a big put pilot commitment. The intention is to lay off the project, tentatively titled Monstropolis, at ABC Studios.
In Monstropolis, monsters are real, living amongst the humans in the city of New Manhattan (aka Monstropolis). But now someone is killing… Read
Norman Lear Comedy ‘All That Glitters’ Sparks Reboot Interest
It has been a transformative year for transgender people on television, from Orange Is The New Black’s Laverne Cox becoming the first transgender performer to earn an acting Emmy nomination to Transparent earning star Jeffrey Tambor accolades to Bruce Jenner unveiling his transition to Caitlyn in a high-rated TV special on ABC, followed by an E! reality series.
But long before Cox's Sophia on OITNB and Tambor's Maura on Amazon's Transparent — and before Rebecca Romijn’s… Read
Tanc Sade Joins Showtime Pilot ‘Roadies'; Scottie Thompson In Syfy’s ’12 Monkeys’
Australian actor Tanc Sade (Matador, Gilmore Girls) has booked a lead role in Showtime’s hourlong comedy pilot Roadies, from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams. Roadies follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of music's unsung heroes – the crew members who get the show on the road. Sade, repped by Untitled Entertainment and Don Buchwald & Associates, will play Christopher House, the tortured songwriter and guitarist for the Staton-House… Read
Chernin Entertainment Names Dante Di Loreto President Of Television
Former Ryan Murphy Television president Dante Di Loreto has been named President of Television at Chernin Entertainment, where he will oversee the day-to-day development and production for the company in the TV arena. He will report to Jenno Topping, Head of Film and Television.
Di Loreto most recently worked for his own WatchWorks Entertainment, which he started this year after parting ways with Murphy seven months ago. He spent eight years working for Murphy’s company… Read
Jeremy Schaap Re-ups With ESPN
Jeremy Schaap has been a full-timer at ESPN since 1994, and he’s not going anywhere soon. The sports giant said today that it has signed the reporter-commentator to a long-term contract extension. Terms were not announced.
Schaap, he of the measured delivery, will continue to work on ESPN’s newsmagazine E:60, host ESPN Radio's The Sporting Life and contribute to Outside The Lines, SportsCenter, NFL Countdown and College GameDay, among other ESPN platforms. He also will… Read
TriStar TV’s Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs Reveals Slate, Label’s Focus On “Prestige, Character-Driven, Serialized Projects”
A familiar TV brand is making a return as Sony Pictures TV is relaunching TriStar Television with Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs at the helm. She recently segued into the position after a three-year stint as EVP Drama Development at Sony Pictures Television, whose presidents of programming and production Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg oversee the new division. TriStar TV 2.0, which started as part of the Tom Rothman-led TriStar revival, already has some 20 projects in different… Read
‘Red Oaks’ Star Jennifer Grey: “The ’80s Were Very Good To Me” – TCA
“It takes me back to a time I enjoyed for obvious reasons – the ’80s were very good to me,” Red Oaks cast member Jennifer Grey said this morning of Steven Soderbergh’s coming-of-age comedy for Amazon.
“I felt like it was a movie, as if Caddy Shack and Dirty Dancing had a baby raised by John Cassavetes.”
But exec producer Gregory Jacobs insisted the series was more The Graduate meets Caddyshack, talking to reporters this morning at TCA.
“One of the things we wanted to… Read
Controversy Becomes Amazon With Additions Of Jeremy Clarkson & Woody Allen
A few days after Jeremy Clarkson ended weeks of speculation and confirmed that his new car show had landed at Amazon, reuniting him with his former Top Gear colleagues James May and Richard Hammond for an Amazon Prime series, Amazon execs got asked what ground rules, if any, they’d set for Clarkson in terms of language, slurs and staff assaults.
Clarkson, whose BBC contract was allowed to expire after he assaulted Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, confirmed via Twitter ”… Read
‘Mozart In The Jungle': Through The Chaos Is Passion For The Music – TCA
The cast and creatives appeared via satellite to talk about the musical drama Mozart In The Jungle today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. The Amazon series, which will debut its second season in January, has been well-received by the classical community.
“It was really amazing to be welcomed into the orchestra world and be around the actual scene. said Paul Weitz, exec producer. “They like the idea that there’s a show exposing classical music to… Read