Hot TV Trailer: ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5; UK Premiere Set For September 21
ITV has set a premiere date for the next trip to the Grantham estate. Season 5 of Downton Abbey will debut in the UK on September 21 at 9PM local. (The U.S. premiere was previously announced for January 4, 2015 on PBS Masterpiece.) Season 5 kicks off in 1924 as Ramsay MacDonald becomes Britain's first ever Labour Prime Minister. As I've previously reported, Lady Mary, who dealt with the demise of her husband Matthew in S4, will deal with defining how her life moves… Read
Global Showbiz Briefs: DreamWorks Signs 4- Series Deal With South Korea’s Studio Mir; Veteran Aussie Actor Bill Kerr Dies; More
DreamWorks Animation has inked a deal with Studio Mir for the latter to produce as many as to four cartoon TV series during the next four years. The South Korean animation studio, known for 2D fantasy series The Legend Of Korra, which airs stateside on Nickelodeon, said that it will work with the Jeffrey Katzenberg-led DWA to plan and produce the series, all of which will be 2D and get 78 episodes. Studio Mir founder and executive producer Yoo Jae-myung said such a… Read
Los Angeles City Council Votes To Waive Film Fees
In another move to make L.A. more film friendly, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously today to renew its waiver of film fees at many city facilities and sites. The moratorium on film fees had expired June 30, and the City Council's action will make the waiver retroactive to that date.
Related: L.A. Officials Probe Shakedown Claims On Downtown Shoots
"California is on the brink of approving an expanded incentive to keep film and TV production in the state,”… Read
A CNN Star Is Born As She Is Shown The Door: Video
The day before a holiday weekend usually is a good time to unload employees - Take Out the Trash Day, it's cruelly called in the business. Some of the best-known and most respected execs in TV industry have decided, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving for example, that they need to spend more time with their families or pursue other interests.
Corporate thinking is that the bad news will get missed by the many people already in vacation mode and not checking email, Twitter… Read
Wil Wheaton Blogs His Syfy Show Is Toast
Wil Wheaton says Syfy will not order more episodes of The Wil Wheaton Project. The 12-episode summer series hosted by the actor/blogger/geek culture expert. The actor/blogger/geek culture expert blogged about it today, saying he got a call this week from a Syfy exec he did not name, as he was returning from a walk on the beach with his wife to look at the big waves.
"I have [Syfy Network Executive] for you," a disinterested assistant said. "Okay," I said. The line fell… Read
ABC Buys Medical Thriller From Janine Sherman Barrois & Aaron Kaplan
Medical drama's hot streak this pitch season continues with another sale at ABC. Cold Blood, from Criminal Minds executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, is taking a different spin on the the medical genre, mixing it with a conspiracy thriller. Set at New York Memorial, the world's most prestigious hospital, Cold Blood has the feel of The Firm in a medical setting. It follows Dr. Cara West, an African-American attending who joins… Read
Bob Cooper, EOne Prep Post-Apocalyptic Event Series With Book Acquisition
What if most of America is wiped out in a nuclear attack? Bob Cooper's Landscape Entertainment Television and Entertainment One Television are exploring that nightmarish scenario in an event series project based on the upcoming nonfiction book Raven Rock: The Inside Story Of The U.S. Government's Secret Plan To Save Itself - While the Rest Of Us Die by Garrett Graff. Landscape and eOne, where Cooper's company has a first-look deal, have optioned rights to the book, which… Read
Miranda Mayo Joins ‘Pretty Little Liars'; Samm Levine In ‘Selfie’
Miranda Mayo (The Game) has been cast in a recurring role on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, from Warner Horizon and Alloy. Mayo will play Talia, a chef who is new to Rosewood. She gets off on the wrong foot with Emily (Shay Mitchell), and things go downhill from there. Mayo, repped by Abrams Artist Agency and Sheila Crawford Management, recurs on Days Of Our Lives and next will seen in feature We Are Your Friends.
Samm Levine has booked a recurring role opposite Karen… Read
Animation Guild Wage Survey Paints Mixed Picture
The Animation Guild's 2014 wage survey is in (read it here), and it shows salaries for animators holding fairly steady this year compared with last year. But the reported median weekly pay for some jobs — most notably staff TV writers, feature storyboard artists, and staff story editors — is down from salaries reported five years ago. The median weekly pay reported by feature animation directors is up compared with 2013 and 24% higher than in 2010. Meanwhile, overall… Read
Fox Buys Detective Drama Based On Australian Miniseries ‘Jack Irish’
Fox is taking a spin on the crime drama genre with Jack Irish, an adaptation of the 2012 Australian mini-series starring Guy Pearce, which in turn was based on the detective novels by Peter Temple. (watch a trailer for the mini below.) Written by Seamus Kevin Fahey (The Following) and produced by 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment, the adaptation centers on Jack Irish, a part-time lawyer, debt collector, and apprentice cabinet maker, who is getting… Read
‘The Greatest American Hero’ Gets Fox Remake With Phil Lord & Chris Miller
EXCLUSIVE: A Steven J. Cannell cult classic is getting a reboot at Fox. The network has given a put pilot commitment to The Greatest American Hero, a new take on the 1981 sci-fi dramedy, which is being shepherded by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, directors of the successful feature franchise based on another '80s TV series by Cannell, 21 Jump Street. Lord and Miller will executive produce the hourlong action comedy alongside Cannell's daughter, television director Tawnia… Read
A+E Networks Outbids Time Warner For 10% Vice Media Stake
In a bit of a stunner, A+E Networks has just bumped off a rival effort by Time Warner to acquire a 10% stake in Vice Media, the upstart digital news organization with a show on TW-owned HBO, almost 5M subscribers to its YouTube channel and a much-coveted young male demographic. Deadline has learned the deal is for $250M, valuing Vice at $2.5B, and was spearheaded by A+E president and CEO Nancy Dubuc, who sees Vice's digital imprint and target young male demo a perfect… Read